1 dead, others injured after 6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan, prompting tsunami warning

1 dead, others injured after 6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan, prompting tsunami warning

A rescuer walks past a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Yuli Township in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan on September 18, 2022

A rescuer walks past a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Yuli Township in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan on September 18, 2022

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Taiwan was hit by a large 6.9 magnitude earthquake on Sunday that caused damage for hundreds of miles and prompted a tsunami warning to be issued in southern Japan.

The US Geological Survey initially measured the quake at a higher magnitude, but it was downgraded and the tsunami threat had passed, NBC News reported. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a similar warning for several Japanese islands near Taiwan, but later lifted the warning.

The epicenter of the earthquake was in Chishang City, Hualien County, where earthquakes and aftershocks continued, creating a ripple effect for more than 200 miles.

The earthquake toppled an apartment building and trapped four people inside, although they were eventually rescued. It also pinned about 400 tourists to a mountainside and knocked a passenger train off its tracks.

So far, Taiwan’s Emergency Operations Center has reported one death and nine injuries, according to CNN.

CNN also reported via Twitter that continued earthquakes and aftershocks occurred in the 24 hours since the first quake.

“Taiwan has experienced more than 50 earthquakes in the past 24 hours since a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Hualien County on Saturday and a stronger 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Sunday.” Journalist Will Ripley wrote on Twitter.

“Two of these small earthquakes occurred during my live report from Taipei just now…and three more since then,” his tweet continued.

The Associated Press reported that most of the damage occurred just north of the epicenter, in the city of Yuli.

Now, more than 7,000 households in Yuli are reportedly without power and water pipes have been damaged by the earthquake. A bridge collapsed on a two-lane road, and local media said three people and a vehicle may have fallen, according to the AP.

An aerial view shows a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Yuli City in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan on September 18, 2022

An aerial view shows a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Yuli City in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan on September 18, 2022

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Between Yuli and the epicenter at Chishang, debris hit a train and derailed six cars, although none of the passengers were injured.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen activated the Central Emergency Operations Center to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake, deploying 110 soldiers to help with disaster relief efforts. A representative of the local government shared the news.

CNN reported that residents were asked to remain alert for possible aftershocks.

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