Taiwan earthquake: Tsunami warnings issued after 6.9 magnitude quake


Dangerous tsunami waves are possible along coasts within 300 kilometers (186 miles) of a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit southeastern Taiwan on Sunday, the United said. States Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake hit Chishang Township in rural southeast Taiwan and was 10 kilometers deep.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a tsunami warning for Miyako Island in the East China Sea, but the agency later removed the warning.

Photos showed collapsed buildings in southern Taiwan following the powerful earthquake. The USGS initially recorded it at 7.2, before downgrading it to 6.9.

Three people are trapped under the rubble of a building, the island’s official news agency (CNA) reported. A fourth person was rescued.

About 20 passengers were evacuated after a train derailed in the area, but the incident caused no casualties, the Taiwan Railways Administration said.

Kolas Yotaka, a former presidential spokeswoman who is running in local elections in Hualien County, said damage was also reported at a local school.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen activated the island’s Central Emergency Operations Center after the earthquake. Taiwanese residents were urged to remain vigilant to avoid possible aftershocks, Tsai said in a recorded statement.

About 110 troops have also been deployed to Hualien County, along the island’s east coast, to help with disaster relief, Taiwan Defense Ministry spokesman Sun Li-fang said. .