Hotel collapses after 6.4-magnitude quake shakes eastern Taiwan
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Feb 07, 2018,
Feb 07, 2018, 1:07
Scenes of widespread structural damage in the streets have been shown on numerous Facebook live videos filmed by locals.
The natural disaster was strong enough to be felt in cities a significant distance away, include Capital city Taipei.
Officials from Hualien fire department said 28 people had been rescued from the hotel and a residential building.
The island's Premier, William Lai, confirmed 114 people had sustained "light or severe injuries" and others were reportedly trapped inside collapsed buildings.
There are no reports of casualties as yet.
One Facebook livestream showed rescuers at the foot of the darkened Marshal Hotel building and a crane carrying them up to the higher floors, which were leaning at an angle.
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The army has been called in to help emergency workers.
The preliminary information suggests the quake was about 9.5 kilometers, about 6 miles, deep.
Dozens of smaller tremors have been felt throughout the island over several days.
More than 100 were killed in a quake in southern Taiwan in 2016, and some Taiwanese remain scarred by a 1999 natural disaster with 7.6 magnitude whose impact was felt across the island and in which more than 2,000 people died.