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Taiwan Hit by Strongest Earthquake in 25 Years

On Wednesday, Taiwan was struck by a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake, marking the strongest earthquake experienced on the island in over 25 years. The quake claimed the lives of four individuals and left dozens injured. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the mountainous eastern county of Hualien, where the government reported the four fatalities and over 50 injuries. As a result of the earthquake, at least 26 buildings collapsed, with more than half of them in Hualien. Currently, rescue efforts are underway to free approximately 20 individuals who are trapped in the debris.

While the quake’s impact was felt in neighboring regions like Japan and China’s Fujian province, the extent of the damage remains unclear. Although fears of a tsunami initially gripped Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines, authorities later lifted the warnings.

The earthquake, which hit just before 8:00 am local time, sent shockwaves across the island, with social media flooded with videos showing buildings swaying precariously. Dramatic images emerged of multi-story structures leaning dangerously in the aftermath of the quake.

Reports indicated that roads leading to Hualien, a coastal city of around 100,000 residents, were blocked by landslides.

Taiwan, situated near the convergence of tectonic plates, is no stranger to seismic activity. However, strict building regulations and disaster preparedness measures have helped lessen the impact of such natural disasters in the past.

The prompt response from authorities, including the suspension of metro services and warnings to check for gas leaks, underscored the importance of preparedness in managing the aftermath of earthquakes.

As the affected areas assess the damage and attend to the injured, the earthquake serves as an absolute reminder of the region’s vulnerability to seismic events and the ongoing need for vigilance and resilience in the face of natural disasters.

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