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Taiwan Was Hit By A 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake And More Than 100 Aftershocks, Leaving 164 Injured

More than 75 tremors including a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Taiwan over the weekend, disrupting train services and toppling buildings and bridges.
The island had experienced several tremors starting the evening of Saturday Sep. 17, with the strongest quake felt on Sunday.
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The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the southeastern coast of Taiwan.
taiwan 6.8 earthquake aftershocks
146 people were injured and one death was reported, according to Taiwan’s fire department.
taiwan 6.8 earthquake aftershocks
The worker died after equipment fell on him during his shift at a cement factory.
taiwan 6.8 earthquake aftershocks
Around 600 people were trapped on mountain roads, but no injuries were reported and rescuers have since reopened the roads.
taiwan 6.8 earthquake aftershocks
The Taiwan Railways Administration halted multiple trains in the eastern coast.
taiwan 6.8 earthquake aftershocks

The high speed rail was also temporarily halted but resumed operation after safety checks, according to the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, in the capital city of Taipei and the southern city of Kaohsiung, metro systems were suspended for a brief time.

Videos on social media show the ceiling of a badminton court collapsing during the quake.

Images released showed a completely collapsed bridge and a destroyed building with a 7-11 convenience store.
taiwan 6.8 earthquake aftershocks

Authorities are investigating the collapse.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency released tsunami warnings to its southern islands, but reported no significant damage.

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said more than 70 aftershocks were recorded as of 11am the next day and more were expected, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen warned people to remain vigilant during the aftershocks in a Facebook post.
taiwan 6.8 earthquake aftershocks
Taiwan’s proximity to several tectonic plates causes several earthquakes throughout the year.
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In 1999, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed over 2,400 people and injured 11,000 people, one of the most disastrous in Taiwan’s history.

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