4 magnitude quake strikes off Taiwan, toppling at least 4 buildings

4 magnitude quake strikes off Taiwan, toppling at least 4 buildings

4 magnitude quake strikes off Taiwan, toppling at least 4 buildings

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

Previously, a massive tragedy has struck Iran-Iraq region in November 2017 when devastating 7.3-magnitude quake had hit Iran in a region bordering Iraq.

Hualien is a popular tourist destination on Taiwan's eastern coast and home to about 100,000 people.

The injured are mainly from the Marshal Hotel, and a few of the injured were in the city buildings.

The highway from Suao to Hualien was temporarily closed. Emergency services are working to free anyone trapped inside the building, media reports said. One building was partially collapsed and tipped over at an angle, trapping multiple people inside.


Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel in Hualien county had caved in, causing the deaths of the two employees. "We are just waiting to go to bed".

Rescuers from around the island were preparing to help, Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen said on her Facebook page, promising rapid disaster relief.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck late Tuesday about 13 miles northeast of Hualien, on the island's east coast. Today's quake occurred on the second anniversary of another that killed 117 two years ago.

"At the time of publication, Taiwan had registered 19 earthquakes today, with all the tremors clustered around the same area off the coast of Hualien".

A damaged building is seen after an quake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018.

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