Strong earthquake hits southeastern Taiwan, tsunami warning issued by Reuters

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The island’s weather agency said a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan’s sparsely populated southeastern region on Sunday, causing damage including derailed train carriages and triggering flash floods. tsunami alert.

The weather agency said the epicenter was in Taitung county, and was followed by a 6.4-magnitude storm Saturday night in the same area, causing no casualties.

The United States Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 7.2 and at a depth of 10 km (6.2 mi).

Taiwanese media reported that a low-rise building containing a convenience store had collapsed and rescue work had begun to free those inside.

The Taiwan Railways Authority said three carriages had left the tracks at Dongli Station in eastern Taiwan after part of the platform’s arch collapsed, and about 20 passengers on board were evacuated.

The US Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning in Taiwan after the tremor. It said a dangerous tsunami could occur within 300 km (190 miles) of the epicenter along the coast of Taiwan.

Japan’s weather agency issued a 1-meter-high tsunami warning for parts of Okinawa Prefecture following the quake.

The weather bureau said the quake could be felt across Taiwan. Buildings shook in the blink of an eye in the capital Taipei.

Science parks in the southern cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, home to large semiconductor factories, said there was no impact on operations.

Taiwan is located near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes.

More than 100 people were killed in an earthquake in southern Taiwan in 2016, while a 7.3 magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,000 people in 1999.

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