Taiwan hit by 2nd strong earthquake in as many days – NBC Chicago

A strong earthquake rocked much of Taiwan on Sunday, toppling a three-story building and trapping two people inside and derailing part of a passenger train.

The magnitude 6.8 quake was the largest of dozens that have rocked the island’s southeast coast since Saturday night, when a magnitude 6.4 quake hit the same area.

Most of the damage appeared to be north of the epicenter, which Taiwan’s Central Meteorological Bureau said was in the city of Chishang at a relatively shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles).

The three-story building, which had a 7-11 convenience store on the ground floor and residences on the upper floors, collapsed in the nearby town of Yuli, the island’s Central News Agency reported.

The 70-year-old building owner and his wife were rescued, and workers were in communication with a 39-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter still trapped inside.

Photos showed the top two floors sprawled across a narrow street and across, with electrical wires pulled by the fallen building.

Police and firefighters rushed to a bridge collapse on a two-lane road in what appeared to be a rural part of Yuli where three people and one or more vehicles may have fallen, media said.

A landslide has trapped nearly 400 tourists on a mountain in Yuli famous for the orange daylilies that cover its slopes this time of year, the Central News Agency reported. They had no electricity and weak cell phone signal.

A canopy on a platform at Dongli Station in Fuli Town, located between Yuli and the quake’s epicenter in Chishang, hit a train, leaving three of the carriages tilted, the agency said, citing the railway administration.

The ceiling on the 5th floor of a sports center in Taoyuan City collapsed, injuring a 36-year-old man.

The tremor was felt at the northern end of the island in the capital, Taipei. In the city of Taoyuan, west of Taipei and 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the epicentre, a man was injured when a ceiling collapsed on the fifth floor of a sports center.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory for several southern Japanese islands near Taiwan, but later lifted it.

NBC Chicago

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