Hotel collapses after 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Taiwan

Hotel collapses after 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Taiwan

Hotel collapses after 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Taiwan

Taiwan's natural disaster experts said more quakes might happen in the coming weeks.

A magnitude-6.4 natural disaster struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, killing two hotel employees and injuring at least 186 other people, officials said. The quakes continue to jolt the area near Hualien County through early Wednesday morning. It occurred at a depth of about 6 miles. Jeff Lin with the Hualien Police Department described the other two structures as "city department buildings".

Footage has surfaced showing emergency workers trying to rescue people from the rubble.

But the quake took down a multi-story building and an official from the Ministry of Interior's fire station division told Reuters that people were trapped.

At least two people have died and 114 people have been injured, according to Taiwanese Premier William Lai.

The government also said that a bridge in the city can not be used following the quake.

It follows nearly 100 smaller tremors to have hit the area in the last three days.

Cellphone video from Hualien City shows a large building leaning at a risky angle as sirens are heard in the background.

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Video shows rescuers helping people out of the building.

"Armed forces & government agencies are responding".

"Relief measures are underway", Tsai tweeted.

Speaking from a crisis center in Taipei, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said rail links appeared to be unaffected and the runway of Hualien airport was intact. Most are minor and cause little or no damage. Some roads have been damaged.

Lewis said she lives on the 12th floor of an apartment complex.

"Nothing broken, and two children slept peacefully through the event".

"We live in Wellington so we've definitely experienced a few. this one was definitely bigger, or it felt bigger anyway". "Nerves are jangled, but otherwise all appears well".

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