Taiwan records two earthquakes in less than 24 hours

Taiwan records two earthquakes in less than 24 hours

  • One of the earthquakes caused a building to collapse, burying four people

Two earthquakes that exceeded six magnitude on the Richter scale and at least a dozen smaller earthquakes hit southeast Taiwan in recent hours.

The most intense earthquake was recorded this Sunday at 2:44 p.m. local time (6:44 GMT), when seismographs detected a strong movement of magnitude 6.8 on the Richter scale, which occurred in Taitung County, southeast of Taiwan.

According to the island’s Central Bureau of Meteorology, the earthquake occurred at a depth of seven kilometers and 42 kilometers from the city of Taitung.

Of the little that is known through reports from the Central News Agency of the island, is that so far the strong earthquake caused a three-story building to collapse, leaving four people buried in the city of Yuli.

Likewise, in social networks it is also mentioned that as a result of the earthquake a group of about 400 tourists were stranded on the side of a mountain near the epicenter of the tremor, due to the alleged derailment of a train.

It should be noted that this is the second earthquake that shakes the country in less than 24 hours, since previously on Saturday another of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale shook the same county, only that no victims were recorded.

Geologists warn that Taiwan sits at the confluence of the Philippine and Eurasian plates, so it is doomed to suffer constant earthquakes.

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