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Tsunami warning issued by US authorities after powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan English Headline


A TSUNAMI warning has been issued after a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook Taiwan.

The strong tremors caused train carriages to derail and a building to collapse as rescue workers attempt to free those trapped.

A collapsed building following the earthquake in Taiwan

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A collapsed building following the earthquake in TaiwanCredit: @celialovealex/Twitter
US authorities have issued a tsunami warning following the quake

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US authorities have issued a tsunami warning following the quakeCredit: @celialovealex/Twitter

Tremors could be felt across Taiwan, the country’s weather bureau said – with the epicentre in the city of Taitung.

It came just hours after another 6.4 magnitude quake on Saturday evening struck the same area.

Two people were trapped in a building after it collapsed, while rescue teams scrambled to help three people who fell off a damaged bridge.

The Taiwan Railways Administration said three carriages came off the rails at Dongli station in eastern Taiwan after part of the platform canopy collapsed.

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Around 20 passengers aboard had to be evacuated.

The US Tsunami Warning Centre issued a warning in Taiwan following the tremor.

It said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 300 km of the epicentre along the coasts of Taiwan.

Japan’s weather agency issued a warning for tsunami waves of 1 metre for part of Okinawa prefecture following the earthquake.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes.

More than 100 people were killed in a quake in southern Taiwan in 2016, while a 7.3 magnitude quake killed more than 2,000 people in 1999.





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