Deaths Reported After Powerful Earthquake Hits Taiwan

At least 4 people died after Taiwan’s biggest earthquake in a quarter century, while dozens more are injured.Updated Apr. 03, 2024 12:53AM EDT / Published Apr. 02, 2024 8:56PM EDT Johannes Neudecker/picture alliance via Getty ImagesA monster earthquake rocked Taiwan during rush hour on Wednesday morning, collapsing buildings in the city of Hualien and triggering tsunami alerts. At least 4 people died

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At least 4 people died after Taiwan’s biggest earthquake in a quarter century, while dozens more are injured.

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A monster earthquake rocked Taiwan during rush hour on Wednesday morning, collapsing buildings in the city of Hualien and triggering tsunami alerts. At least 4 people died, the Associated Press said, citing Taiwan’s national fire agency. At least another 57 people were injured.

Video posted to social media showed several tall buildings off their foundations and listing to one side at a sickening angle. Other footage showed bikes and cars stopped on a bridge while it shook and swayed.

TVBS, a Taiwanese broadcaster, said the massive cliff at the head of turtle-shaped Guishan Island had been damaged.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake—which could be felt in Taipei—at 7.4 on the Richter scale, with aftershocks as high as 6.5.

“The earthquake is close to land and it’s shallow. It’s felt all over Taiwan and offshore islands,” a Taiwanese official told reporters, according to Agence France-Presse. “It’s the strongest in 25 years since the (1999) earthquake.”

The 1999 quake, which measured at 7.6-magnitude, killed 2,400 people.

Tsunami warnings were issued for Okinawa and nearby islands in southern Japan but later downgraded to an advisory. According to the Associated Press, the Japan Meteorological Agency confirmed it detected a tsunami wave of about 1 foot on the coast of Yonaguni island approximately 15 minutes after the initial quake.

The Philippines Seismology Agency also warned people on the coast of several provinces to get to higher ground, according to Reuters.

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