At Least 130 Aftershocks Following M6.0 Quake In Taiwan

CENPublished: February 7, 2018Updated: February 8, 2018
Published: February 7, 2018Updated: February 8, 2018

No fewer than 130 aftershocks have been recorded in the 12 hours since a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck East Taiwan on Tuesday causing four buildings to tilt or collapse.

The island’s Central Weather Bureau said at least 19 of the aftershocks registered a magnitude of 4.0 or higher and some were even felt in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei.

Described as Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in 15 years, the latest one hit at sea 18.3 kilometres (11.37 miles) north of Hualien County Hall in East Taiwan, at a shallow depth of just 10 kilometres (6.21 miles), the bureau said.

As of 12pm local time on 7th February, just under 12 hours since the M6.0 quake struck, the island’s Central Emergency Operation Center reports five confirmed deaths and 254 injured.

A further 88 people are still missing and some are believed to be trapped in one of four buildings that either collapsed or tilted after suffering major structural damage.

The Yun Men Tsui Ti residential building, which collapsed onto its side, housed 243 inhabitants, while rescuers also evacuated 116 people from the Marshal Hotel, whose first to third floors were crushed.

Before Tuesday night’s earthquake, a magnitude 5.8 quake was recorded at 9:56pm on 4th February.

The Central Weather Bureau said 91 aftershocks occurred between the two, including 13 that were classified as strong enough to be felt by people.

The Hualien County government has announced school and office closures for the day.

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