Two killed, over 100 injured in Taiwan earthquake


A magnitude-6.4 quake rocked Taiwan on Tuesday, killing at least two people, injuring more than 100, toppling buildings and damaging roads, authorities said.

A magnitude-6.4 natural disaster has rocked Taiwan's east coast, following a "swarm" of 19 earthquakes over the past 48 hours.

Photographs show leaning high-rise buildings and extensive damage to roads.

A total of 116 people were evacuated from Martial Hotel in Hualien City, a 11-story building whose first-to-third floors were crushed, firefighters said. The epicentre of the quake was believed to be in Hualien County, according to reports. There are no reports of casualties so far but the damage is expected to be significant.

Dozens of smaller tremors have been felt throughout the island over several days.

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Earlier on Tuesday, a magnitude 4.7 natural disaster hit Hualien County.

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

A series of earthquakes is rocking Taiwan, leaving two dead and more than 100 injured, according to The Associated Press, which cites Taiwan's premier, William Lai.

"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". However, a magnitude-7.6 quake in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.