7.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan, 9 people died
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7.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan, 9 people died

The earthquake occurred at 7:58 a.m. (6:58 a.m. Hanoi time) with the epicenter located in the east of Taiwan, at a depth of 15.5 km.

Officials said at least 9 people were killed and 800 injured.

In Taipei, bricks fell from old buildings and some office buildings, but caused no injuries.

Location of the earthquake (star image) in Taiwan on the morning of April 3.

According to Taiwan Seismology Center director Wu Chien-fu, this is the strongest earthquake on the island in the past 25 years, after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed 2,400 people in 1999. `Earthquake

Taiwan has issued a tsunami warning.

7.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan, 9 people died

7.5 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan triggers tsunami warning

Taiwan streets after the earthquake.

Japan also issued a tsunami warning and recorded a 30 cm high wave on the coast of Yonaguni Island, in the south of the country, about 15 minutes after the earthquake occurred.

The Japan Self-Defense Force sent aircraft to collect information about the impact of the tsunami around the Okinawa area and prepare shelters for evacuees if necessary.

The Philippines, a country located south of Taiwan, initially issued a tsunami warning, predicting waves to occur between 7:33 and 9:33 a.m.

By 10:16 a.m. (9:16 a.m. Hanoi time), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the tsunami threat `has largely passed.`

At 11 a.m. (10 a.m. Hanoi time), the Philippine Seismological Agency announced the cancellation of the tsunami warning.

7.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan, 9 people died

A building in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, tilted after the earthquake.

The island of Taiwan lies along the Pacific `Ring of Fire`, the seismic fault line that surrounds the ocean, where most of the world’s earthquakes occur.

More than 100 people died in an earthquake that struck southern Taiwan in 2016. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake also killed 2,000 people on the island in 1999.

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