Four dead in ‘worst earthquake in 25 years’ in Taiwan, tsunami warning in Japan and the Philippines

Four dead in ‘worst earthquake in 25 years’ in Taiwan, tsunami warning in Japan and the Philippines
Four dead in ‘worst earthquake in 25 years’ in Taiwan, tsunami warning in Japan and the Philippines
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The death toll could still rise. For example, buildings collapsed in the city of Hualien, leaving about twenty people trapped under the rubble. At least sixty people were injured, authorities report. Rescue efforts are in full swing. Public transport has been shut down in various places on the island with 23 million inhabitants.

Wednesday morning’s quake was felt throughout Taiwan and neighboring islands and occurred at a depth of 15.5 kilometers. The Taiwanese Meteorological Institute is talking about an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2. The Japan Meteorological Institute first reported 7.5, but later adjusted this to 7.7. In September 1999, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake killed as many as 2,400 people in Taiwan.

Many buildings have collapsed in Hualien city.Image AP

A tsunami warning has been issued for Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines. A small tsunami already reached the Japanese islands of Yonaguni and Ishigaki. The authorities warn of waves of 3 meters or higher.

Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC has evacuated its business premises as a precaution. Residents of Taiwan are without power in several places, but there are no large-scale power outages.

The article is in Dutch

Tags: dead worst earthquake years Taiwan tsunami warning Japan Philippines

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