Tremor In Taiwan Leaves 2 Dead & Injures 210

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Taipei: A 6.4-magnitude quake on the east coast of Taiwan has left two dead and 219 injured, the government said, after buildings crumbled and trapped people inside.

About 150 people are missing, according to the government, with many believed to be still trapped inside buildings. A hotel and a residential block were the worst hit by the quake in the port city of Hualien, said the national fire agency.

The quake hit at 23:50 pm (1550 GMT) around 21 kilometres (13 miles) northeast of the port city Hualien, according to the United States Geological Survey. The island’s weather bureau recorded the quake as 6.0-magnitude.

Five more buildings including a hospital had also been damaged, the agency added, with televison footage showing roads strewn with rubble, cracks along highways and damaged buildings tilted at angles.

Hualien, an area popular with tourists, is home to about 100,000 people. Its streets were buckled by the force of the quake, with around 40,000 homes left without water and more than 600 without power.

Five more buildings including a hospital had also been damaged, the agency added, with televison footage showing roads strewn with rubble, cracks along highways and damaged buildings tilted at angles.

Hualien, an area popular with tourists, is home to about 100,000 people. Its streets were buckled by the force of the quake, with around 40,000 homes left without water and more than 600 without power.

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.

মাটির প্রবল কাঁপুনিতে ধসে পড়ল বিশাল হোটেল

On Sunday, another five shallow tremors struck within two hours of each other in the same area off Taiwan’s east coast. Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes.

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