A strong earthquake shakes eastern Taiwan / Article

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The US Geological Survey reports that the epicenter of the earthquake was offshore 18 kilometers south of the city of Hualien. Several buildings collapsed in this settlement, but train traffic was temporarily suspended across the island.

In the capital, Taipei, several buildings were also slightly damaged, the subway stopped, but the situation returned to normal after a short time, and this morning children went to school as usual.

At the same time, Japan’s national broadcasting company and the Philippine National Institute of Seismology called on residents of the coast and remote islands to evacuate due to a possible tsunami, but there have been no reports of large waves.

On the island of Okinawa, flights to and from the main airport were temporarily canceled following this warning.

The earthquake was followed by aftershocks, one of which had a magnitude of 6.5.

A tsunami warning was also issued in neighboring Japan and the Philippines. The Philippine National Institute of Seismology warned of “high tsunami waves” and urged residents of coastal areas in 23 provinces to evacuate.

Taiwan is located at the point where two tectonic plates collide, so strong earthquakes are not uncommon here. In September 1999, the natural disaster claimed the lives of about 2,400 people.

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