Magnitude 6.0 quake rocks Taipei, east coast

07 February, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Bert Pena
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A 6.4 natural disaster struck Taiwan on Tuesday and collapsed a hotel in Hualien City on the island nation's east coast.

The large building in Hualien leans precariously, seemingly near collapse. He gave no further details.

The quake was felt across Taiwan, and some buildings and roads in Hualien, in eastern Taiwan, were damaged.

A series of earthquakes have struck off the coast of Taiwan in recent days.

The natural disaster followed one over the weekend off the coast of Hualien, which lies along the famed "Pacific Rim of Fire" known for seismic activity from Alaska to Southeast Asia. "Stay safe", Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted.

Compilation footage posted to Twitter by the China Global Television Network shows a building tilting on its side over a line of cars parked along the street.

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A huge building was filmed collapsing during the quake, narrowly missing a lucky taxi driver.

Jeff Lin with the Hualien Police Department described the other two structures as "city department buildings". "There are cracks on the wall, even the fridge moved", he said.

Shortly before that, the United States Geological Survey reported a 6.4 magnitude powerful quake that hit 22 km (14 miles) east-northeast of Hua-lien city in Taiwan.

There are fears for people's safety after the 6.4 magnitude quake.

Most of the death toll from the February 2016 quake was from the 16-storey Wei-kuan apartment complex, which toppled on its side with many of its residents buried in the rubble.

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