A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck Taiwan’s coastal metropolis of Hualien, shaking buildings and quickly suspending subway companies within the capital Taipei, inflicting minor harm and accidents.
Native tv footage confirmed college youngsters being evacuated from buildings, whereas a climate bureau official mentioned Thursday’s quake was the biggest to hit the island up to now this yr.
It struck at 1:01pm native time (05:01 GMT) at a depth of practically 19km.
It was centred northwest of town of Hualien on the nation’s east coast, mentioned Taiwan’s Central Climate Bureau.
Water pipes at Hualien’s prepare station burst and rail visitors was briefly suspended.
Two hikers within the Taroko Gorge nationwide park, together with one from Malaysia, have been injured by falling rocks, the Hualien authorities reported.
The tremors have been felt within the capital Taipei, about 115km from the epicentre, the place officers shut down the metro for simply over an hour for security checks.
The Nationwide Fireplace Company reported 15 accidents round Taipei and that two buildings have been quickly evacuated resulting from structural harm.
Taiwan lies close to the junction of two tectonic plates and is liable to earthquakes. Greater than 100 individuals have been killed in an earthquake within the island’s south in 2016, and in 1999, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake killed greater than 2,000 individuals.
“We felt the quake transfer the constructing vertically and that is extra severe than regular,” Georgia Kao, a Taipei resident, instructed Al Jazeera.
“I felt very scared. It jogged my memory of the 1999 earthquake. The constructing moved up and down after which proper to left. The very first thing I did was to open my door and seize each my daughters. Fortunately, it did not final very lengthy.”
— EMSC (@LastQuake) April 18, 2019
The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.4.
The Japan Meteorological Company warned that folks residing close to the coast might discover some results on sea ranges, however mentioned there could be no tsunami.
“On account of this earthquake, Japan’s coastal areas might observe slight adjustments on the oceanic floor, however there isn’t a concern about harm,” the company mentioned.
Hualien was hit by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake final yr that killed 17 individuals.
A 6.1 earthquake hit Hualien in japanese Taiwan at 1 p.m. at present. Watched a parked automotive sway backwards and forwards from the Thai restaurant the place I used to be grabbing lunch with a buddy. #taiwan #earthquake
— Angela Lu Fulton (@angela818) April 18, 2019
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