Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Hotel Building Collapses in Taiwan After Earthquake

Hotel Building Collapses in Taiwan After Earthquake

Two people were killed and more than 100 injured in a 6.5-magnitude quake which jolted waters near Taiwan's Hualien County at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday.

The building is reported to be Marshal Hotel in Hualien City, which has nearly 300 rooms. There are no details of casualties so far.

Photographs show leaning high-rise buildings and extensive damage to roads.

A series of earthquakes have struck off the coast of Taiwan in recent days.

Last night's quake follows one over the weekend off the coast of Hualien on the east of Taiwan, which lies along "Pacific Rim of Fire" known for seismic activity from Alaska to Southeast Asia. "Stay safe", Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted.

A fireman works at a collapses building after earthquake hit Hualien Taiwan
REUTERS Tyrone SiuA fireman works at a collapses building after earthquake hit Hualien Taiwan

The worst-hit Marshal Hotel partly crumpled into the ground, leaving it slanting on its side, as rescuers on cranes attempted to free people from its upper floors. At least three people remain trapped.

A huge building was filmed collapsing during the quake, narrowly missing a lucky taxi driver.

"All the roads were like cracked and coming up", she said.

The quake struck just before midnight local time (1550 GMT) around 21km northeast of the port city Hualien, according to the US Geological Survey.

On February 6, 2016, an quake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck 28 km northeast of Pingtung City in southern Taiwan. "On Feb. 4, there were 28 earthquakes recorded coming from just off the coast of Hualien, with 12 occurring in a single hour, the largest of which was a magnitude 5.8 temblor".

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