Taiwan earthquake reside updates: Tsunami warning issued after 7.4 earthquake | EUROtoday

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TAIPEI — A 7.4 magnitude earthquake, adopted by a number of robust aftershocks, struck off the east coast of Taiwan Wednesday morning, damaging buildings, inflicting landslides and prompting tsunami warnings in each Taiwan and Japan.

The earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey stated measured 7.4 in magnitude, hit about 15 miles south of Hualien county simply earlier than 8 a.m. native time. Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration recorded it at 7.2.

Regardless, it was the biggest earthquake to hit Taiwan in 25 years, and was felt in components of Japan and China too.

Officials in Hualien county stated that work and college had been suspended following the earthquake. On social media, customers posted photos of tilted and half-collapsed buildings and landslides within the space. Authorities despatched an alert to residents that they need to search cowl close by, crouch down and “stay calm.”

As distant as Taipei and New Taipei City, the quake left commuters stranded in prepare automobiles because the excessive pace rail and metro system had been paused.

Taiwan is a key manufacturing hub for lots of the world’s superior pc chips. A spokesperson for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, or TSMC, stated that some operations had been suspended.

Taiwanese officers issued a tsunami warning for the coastal areas of the island, and Japanese officers warned residents within the southwestern Okinawa island chain to evacuate to greater floor.

On Yonaguni, one of many Okinawa islands, an 11-inch tall tsunami hit 20 minutes after the preliminary quake, and officers count on extra tsunamis to proceed and grow to be extra intense.

The preliminary tsunamis from a significant Japanese earthquake in March 2011 equally started at a number of dozen inches and grew to over 30 ft, resulting in a nuclear meltdown and triggered one of many largest nuclear disasters in historical past.

A tsunami as excessive as 10 ft could hit the primary Okinawa island, native officers warned.

Inuma reported from Tokyo. Vic Chiang and Pei Lin Wu in Taipei contributed to this report.