East Taiwan Shaken By Powerful Earthquake, Warning Of Tsunami
The island’s weather bureau issued a tsunami warning after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the sparsely populated southeastern part of Taiwan on Sunday.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake had a magnitude of 7.2 and was located at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.21 miles).
The Taiwanese media reported that a low-rise building that housed a convenience store collapsed, and at a train station on the east coast of the island, at least one carriage of a train derailed.
A casualty report was not available at the time.
A warning was issued after the tremor by the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center in Taiwan, warning of the possibility of hazardous tsunami waves within 300 km (190 miles) of the epicentre along the coasts of the country.
The Japanese weather agency issued a warning for part of the Okinawa prefecture after the earthquake to remain on high alert for tsunami waves of up to one metre in height.
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