The earthquake struck 98 km east of Taichung, Taiwan. One witness said: “There was one big shake that got us moving, I was only at the 2nd floor, can’t imagine higher. Then it kept shaking for 30 seconds.” One person said on social media: “The earthquake felt so huge that when I was exercising in the park I am most fell over on the sidewalk. It felt like a 7.0 but Not sure about that. I never felt the earthquake standing in the park before.” Another person added: “This is the strongest one I felt in Taipei for last 10 years!”
There are reports of a 4.1 aftershock following the earthquake.
Local media has broadcast footage showing damage to building, BNO reported.
A resident said: “Wow, just felt a solid 30 second long earthquake in Taipei a few seconds ago. National alerts went off on my phone as it hit. Struck Hualien County, but was enough to knock stuff off shelves here.”
The earthquake, which happened at 1.01pm local time (6.01am EST) on Thursday, was centered about 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) northwest of Hualien City, BNO news reported.
There is currently no information about possible damage or casualties.
A huge earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 struck central Taiwan in September 1999, killing at least 2,297 people and injuring nearly 9,000 others.
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