Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Hits Taiwan, Toppling Hotel and Trapping People Inside

(From US News and World Report)

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Taiwan shortly before midnight local time Tuesday, with early reports from Taiwan’s government saying at least two people were killed and 144 were injured.

The earthquake was centered in the East China Sea, about 13 miles north of Hualien City. Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei, about 75 miles north of Hualien City felt light shaking, according to the United States Geological Survey. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

Weaker earthquakes measuring magnitudes of 4.6 and 4.8 preceded the larger quake, and several aftershocks measuring at least a 5.1 magnitude followed.

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