Taiwan hotel collapses after 6.4 magnitude earthquake

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Taiwan hotel collapses after 6.4 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck off the northeast coast of Taiwan.  Large, multi-story building collapsed in the city of Hualien. The number of casualties is not clear at the time of filing the report. Shocking photos emerging of the collapsed hotel after Taiwan earthquake tweeted Daily express.

Four people died, 85 more went missing and at least 243 were injured after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of eastern Taiwan.

A hotel and at least three other buildings collapsed in the city of Hualien as a result of the earthquake that struck early Wednesday, the National Fire Agency said. 

The US Geological Survey reported the temblor was shallow at a depth of 10km and hit at 15:50 GMT, about 20km off the east coast.

Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel caved in, which led to its collapse in downtown Hualien, 120km south of the capital Taipei.

Hotel in east #Taiwan collapses in 6.4 quake. Emergency services are working to free anyone trapped inside a hotel which collapsed after a shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked eastern Taiwan. Emergency services are working to free anyone trapped inside a hotel which collapsed after a shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked eastern Taiwan, tweeted The Telegraph.

“Local rescue workers have rushed to the area to try to get them out,” she said.

Four other buildings, including two hotels and a military hospital, also tilted during the quake in Hualien, home to about 100,000 people.

Taiwan’s government launched an emergency recovery operation.

“The president has asked the cabinet and related ministries to immediately launch the ‘disaster mechanism’ and to work at the fastest rate on disaster relief work,” the office of President Tsai Ing-wen said in a statement.

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