Taiwan earthquake: Magnitude-6.4 quake strikes near Hualien leaving two dead, buildings collapsed

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake has struck near the coastal city of Hualien in Taiwan, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says, leaving two people dead, more than 100 injured and causing buildings including a hotel to collapse.

Key points:
Number of aftershocks hit area
Epicentre a shallow 1 kilometre
Hualien is a popular tourist destination on eastern coast

The quake struck about 22 kilometres north-east of Hualien shortly before midnight, and the epicentre was very shallow at just 1 kilometre, the USGS said.

“Two people were unfortunately killed, and 114 have suffered light or severe injuries,” Taiwan’s Premier William Lai told an emergency government meeting.

via Taiwan earthquake: Magnitude-6.4 quake strikes near Hualien leaving two dead, buildings collapsed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)