1 dead, more than 160 injured in Southeast Taiwan’s M6.8 earthquake

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One person has died and more than 160 others were injured a day after an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit southeastern Taiwan on Sunday, according to local officials.

Authorities continued rescue operations Monday after four people were found alive after being trapped in a collapsed 7-Eleven supermarket in Yuli Township in Hualien County, Taiwan’s fire service said.

Firefighters conduct rescue operations at a collapsed building on September 18, 2022 in Yuli Township in Taiwan’s Hualien Province. (Photo courtesy of Hualien County/Central News Agency/ TBEN)

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Buildings were damaged in Yuli, Hualien County, on September 18, 2022, after an earthquake struck southeastern Taiwan. (Photo courtesy of the Taiwan Fire Department) (TBEN)

The public was urged to remain vigilant as aftershocks continued to be felt, including in Taipei. Authorities said major aftershocks could strike in the next three days.

The M6.8 quake struck at 2:44 p.m. Sunday in the Chishang borough of Taitung County at a depth of 7 kilometers, according to the Central Weather Bureau Seismological Center.

Some train services were suspended after the earthquake damaged a station in Hualien’s Dongli Township and derailed a train.

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Hualien County’s Dongli Station shows a collapsed platform roof after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Taiwan on September 18, 2022. (Central News Agency/ TBEN)

Some roads, houses and bridges suffered damage leading to collapses, with many injuries confirmed in Hualien and Taitung provinces, local authorities said.

Water and electricity supplies were briefly interrupted due to damaged infrastructure, but there were no reports of problems at nuclear power plants on the island.

On the west side of Taiwan, industrial areas and metropolises are concentrated. The region most affected by the last earthquake, in the southeast of the island, is less populated. But because it is mountainous, landslides and road damage can be more common.

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Authorities have urged residents not to go into the mountains.

The first in a series of earthquakes to hit the area was recorded Saturday night, causing some damage to the roads.


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