September 28, 2022

Powerful earthquake hits southeast Taiwan, injures 146

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  • Train coaches derailed, 4 people rescued from collapsed building
  • Tsunami warning cancelled, chip foundries unaffected
  • More than 600 people are trapped on the mountain pass
  • A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck on Saturday

TAIPEI, Sept 18 (Reuters) – A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s sparsely populated southeast region on Sunday, the island’s weather bureau said, derailing trains.

The Meteorological Center said the quake was in Taitung County, the same region that experienced a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Saturday evening, which did not cause any casualties. read more

Sunday’s earthquake measured 7.2 on the Richter scale and struck at a depth of 10 km (six miles), the US Geological Survey said.

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The Taiwan Fire Department said one person died and 146 were injured in the quake.

Four people were rescued from a collapsed building in Yuli, and three people whose vehicles fell from a damaged bridge were rescued and taken to hospital.

The Taiwan Railways Administration said six carriages came off the tracks at Dongli station in eastern Taiwan after part of a platform canopy collapsed, but the fire department reported no injuries.

More than 600 people were trapped by blocked roads in the scenic Chik and Lyushishi mountain areas, although there were no injuries and rescuers were working to reopen the roads, the department said.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Taiwan following the tremor, but later lifted the warning. The Japan Meteorological Agency has lifted the tsunami warning for parts of Okinawa Prefecture.

The Meteorological Center said the earthquake could be felt across Taiwan. Buildings shook briefly in the capital, Taipei, and aftershocks continue to rock the island.

Science parks in the southern cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, home to major semiconductor factories, were unaffected.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) (2330.TW)The world’s largest contract chipmaker said it “does not see any significant impact at this time.”

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

A 2016 earthquake in southern Taiwan killed more than 100 people, while a 7.3-magnitude quake in 1999 killed more than 2,000.

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Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Yimou Lee; Additional reporting by Martin Quinn Pollard, Sam Nussey and Anirudh Saligrama; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Stephen Coates

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