Taiwan Earthquake: Most Affected Areas Include Guishan Island, Taoyuan, Hualien City And Taipei

Taiwan was hit by a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, the country's central weather administration said. Seven aftershocks followed the quake, China's Central Weather Administration (CWA) reported. Most affected areas in Taiwan were - Guishan Island, Taoyuan, Taipei and Hualien City
A massive earthquake jolted Taiwan on Wednesday

A massive earthquake jolted Taiwan on Wednesday

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Taiwan was hit by a massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, the country's central weather administration said. Seven aftershocks followed the quake, China's Central Weather Administration (CWA) reported. Most affected areas in Taiwan were - Guishan Island, Taoyuan, Taipei and Hualien City.
Videos from these areas showed buildings collapsing and locals panicking amid strong shaking due to the earthquake. A five-story building in lightly populated Hualien appeared heavily damaged. In the capital, Taipei, tiles fell from older buildings and within some newer office complexes.
Train service was suspended across Taiwan. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a tsunami wave of 30 centimeters (about 1 feet) was detected on the coast of Yonaguni island about 15 minutes after the quake struck. JAMA said waves likely also hit the coasts of Miyako and Yaeyama islands.
Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency gave the magnitude as 7.2 while the U.S. Geological Survey put it at 7.4. It struck at 7:58 a.m. about 18 kilometers south-southwest of Hualien and was about 35 kilometers (21 miles) deep.
The director of Taipei's Seismology Centre said: "The earthquake is close to land and it's shallow. It's felt all over Taiwan and offshore islands... it's the strongest in 25 years since the (1999) earthquake." He was referring to a September 1999 quake with 7.6-magnitude that killed 2,400 people.
Flights were suspended at the main airport in Japan's southern region of Okinawa.
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