Many casualties are feared in Taiwan after a shallow 6.4 magnitude natural disaster struck off the Taiwan's north-eastern coast late on Tuesday (Feb 6), causing numerous buildings to collapse and trapping many people in the rubble, Taiwanese media and the authorities said.
Shocking photos show a huge hotel tilted on its side, with its lower floors possibly crushed by the quake. The building boasts 300 guest rooms, and fatalities are feared after the tragedy. DEVELOPING.We will add more details to this report as they become available.
U.S. geologists said it was the latest in a string of quakes to hit the region in recent days.More news: Jack Osbourne welcomes third child
On Sunday, a 6.1-magnitude temblor struck nearby.
There have been several strong quakes in the area in the last few days.
One person said simply: "F*****g scary".More news: PS4 Pro will make more games look better on older TVs
Two bridges in Hualien City have been damaged and sealed off, including the Qixingtian Bridge.
EMSC said 20 million people lived in the "felt area" of the quake.
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