6.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Taiwan, triggers tsunami warning in Japan

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First Responders In Taiwan search for survivors in the rubble after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the island on Sunday, raising fears of a tsunami in Japan.

Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency said the quake happened off the southeast coast of the island at a depth of about four miles. The agency reported dozens of aftershocks in the hours after the opening earthquake.

The US Geological Survey says the threat of a tsunami hitting Japan has passed, according to NBC News.

Footage from Hualien County in eastern Taiwan shows at least one collapsed building, with firefighters and other first responders trying to rescue those trapped inside.

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Firefighters are seen in a collapsed building during a rescue operation following an earthquake in Yuli Township, Hualien County, eastern Taiwan on Sunday, September 29.  18, 2022. (Hualien City Government via AP)

Firefighters are seen in a collapsed building during a rescue operation following an earthquake in Yuli Township, Hualien County, eastern Taiwan on Sunday, September 29. 18, 2022. (Hualien City Government via AP)

Firefighters search for victims trapped in a collapsed residential building following an earthquake in Yuli Township, Hualien County, eastern Taiwan on Sunday, September 1.  18, 2022. (Hualien County Fire Department via AP)

Firefighters search for victims trapped in a collapsed residential building following an earthquake in Yuli Township, Hualien County, eastern Taiwan on Sunday, September 1. 18, 2022. (Hualien County Fire Department via AP)

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Taiwan has no official reports of injuries or fatalities resulting from the earthquake, but reports say at least one person was killed and 79 were injured.

Victims were concentrated around the collapsed convenience store building and the Gaoliao Bridge in Hualien County, as well as a derailed train car. According to the South China Morning Post, authorities rescued three people who fell from the bridge as it separated during the quake.

Firefighters say they also rescued a 39-year-old woman and her five-year-old daughter from the collapsed convenience store.

Disaster comes weeks later Taiwan offered to send its first responders to help Chinese firefighters trying to rescue people trapped in the aftermath of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in early September.

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The Chinese government however, did not respond to the offer and Beijing has yet to comment on Sunday’s earthquake.