7.4 magnitude quake hits Taiwan, strongest in 25 years

7.4 magnitude quake hits Taiwan, strongest in 25 years

By Alipate Narawa
Thursday 04/04/2024
Photo: CNN

At least nine people have died after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Taiwan yesterday, the strongest in 25 years.

Rescuers are working to free dozens trapped after the quake caused landslides and collapsed structures.

More than 900 others are injured and over 100 buildings have been damaged, according to authorities.

The quake was followed by strong aftershocks, including a 6.5 magnitude tremor. Multiple aftershocks as strong as magnitude 7 are expected in the coming days.

Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines have all canceled tsunami warnings issued after the quake hit.

The epicenter, Hualien County, is home to around 300,000 of the 23 million people who live in Taiwan, a self-ruled democracy with an outsized impact on global business and trade.

Source: CNN

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