Taiwan Earthquake: Will Tsunami Hit Taipei And Hualien Cities?

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 7:58 am local time, according to the German Research Centre for Geosciences. Japan issued an evacuation order for the coastal areas near the southern prefecture of Okinawa after a tsunami alert was issued following the quake.
Taiwan earthquake

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A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 7:58 am local time, according to the German Research Centre for Geosciences. Japan issued an evacuation order for the coastal areas near the southern prefecture of Okinawa after a tsunami alert was issued following the quake. So far, no tsunami warning has been issued for Taipei and Hualien.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the ocean near Hualien City, Taiwan. The Japan Meteorological Agency has forecasted that the tsunami could have a height of up to three metres and it is anticipated to hit the southwestern coast of Japan around 10 a.m. local time.
The agency also warned that tsunami waves of the same height are expected to reach the remote Japanese islands near Taiwan, including Miyakojima island. It said that the initial wave of the tsunami has already reached the shores of the Miyako and Yaeyama islands.
The agency said in a tweet that it will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. local time about the quake.
Videos of damages started coming in on social media with many users reporting that building were shaking, with some of them even collapsing. The train service in the city was also suspended following the quake.
Freelance journalist Wali Khan tweeted that a multistory building on Zhongshan road in Hualien had collapsed.
"A Multistory Building on the Corner of Congquing and Zhongshan Road has Partially Collapsed in Hualien as 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake hit Taiwan," he tweeted, along with the following video.
Another video showed commuters on a bridge stopping as the bridge starts shaking in the earthquake.
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