6.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Southern Taiwan

Just days before Chinese New Year, at least 6 people have been reported to have died after an earthquake in Taiwan measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit the city of Tainan, demolishing residential buildings and leaving people trapped under the rubble.

This earthquake not only damaged 5 buildings, it completely levelled 8 buildings in Tainan City. Most notably, the 17-storey building “Weiguan Jinlong” (維冠金龍住宅大樓), as most Taiwanese media report, came down like tofu pieces.

Since the earthquake, Taiwan HSR have announced that all trains from Taichung Station to all stations south of Taichung will be out of service indefinitely. HSR company will announce at 9 PM tonight if services will be back to normal tomorrow. Taiwan Railways will remain in service.

The quake was one of the biggest since 1999, when an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale killed more than 2,300 people.

Nepal has also experienced a 5.2-magnitude earthquake today.

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