A magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook on Sunday the sparsely populated part southeast taiwan, according to the island’s meteorological office. The quake derailed train cars, caused a store to collapse and left hundreds of people stranded on mountain roads.
The Taiwanese meteorological bureau said the epicenter was in the county of taitung, and followed a magnitude 6.4 tremor on Saturday night in the same area, which caused no casualties. According to him United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.2 and that its epicenter was at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The Taiwan fire department reported that one person was killed and at least 146 were injured. He added that four people were rescued from a building that housed a convenience store that collapsed in Yuli. While three people whose vehicle fell from a damaged bridge were rescued and hospitalized.
More than 600 people are trapped in the picturesque mountainous areas of chike Y Liushishi along the blocked routes, although there were no injuries and rescuers were working to reopen the tracks, Reuters reported. “The earthquake was felt throughout Taiwan,” said the United States Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Buildings shook briefly in the capital, Taipei, and aftershocks have continued to shake the island. Taiwan is located near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes. More than 100 people died in an earthquake in the south of the country in 2016, while a strong earthquake of magnitude 7.3 left more than 2,000 dead in 1999.