Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Taiwan Hotel Collapses After 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake

Taiwan Hotel Collapses After 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake

A magnitude-6.4 natural disaster struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, killing two hotel employees and injuring 144 other people, officials said.

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

The hotel that collapsed is located in the coastal city of Hualien.

Some 88 soldiers were helping the local fire service respond at the hotel, and another 250 were on standby to help.

The BBC reports two confirmed dead and at least 100 injuries.

Two bridges in Hualien City have been damaged and sealed off, including the Qixingtian Bridge. Taiwan is prone to earthquakes and has felt a few in recent days, including magnitude 5.3 and 6.1 quakes on Sunday.

Many buildings have collapsed or tilted in Hualien City.

The island's Premier, William Lai, confirmed 114 people had sustained "light or severe injuries" and others were reportedly trapped inside collapsed buildings, the British Independent newspaper reported.

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The preliminary information suggests the quake was about 9.5km deep.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage.

Officials said the temblor killed two hotel employees.

Gas leaks, blackouts and rock slides were also reported.

The AP reported the 6.4 tremor followed one over the weekend off the coast of Hualien, which lies along the famed Ring of Fire known for seismic activity that circles the Pacific basin.

The 6.1-magnitude quake that hit Taiwan Feb. 4.

Since Feb. 4, about 100 sensible earthquakes have jolted the area.

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