Taiwan hit by second strong earthquake in as many days

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BEIJING — A strong earthquake shook much of Taiwan on Sunday, knocking down at least one building, trapping two people inside and knocking part of a passenger train off the rails at a station.

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake was the largest of dozens to hit the island’s southeast coast since Saturday night, when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the same area. The epicenter was in the city of Chishang at the relatively shallow depth of 7 kilometers, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.

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A three-storey building housing a 7-11 supermarket on the ground floor and housing on the top floors collapsed in the nearby town of Yuli, the island’s Central News Agency said. Two were rescued and workers were in contact with two other trapped people.

Photos showed the top two floors stretched across and across a narrow street, with power wires being pulled down through the building.

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Police and firefighters rushed to a collapsed bridge on a two-lane road in what appeared to be a rural part of Yuli, where one or more vehicles may have fallen, the Central News Agency said.

A canopy on a platform at Dongli station in Fuli town, which lies between Yuli and the epicenter of the Chishang earthquake, struck a train, causing three of the cars to lean over, the agency said, citing the earthquake. railway administration.

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The shaking was felt on the north side of the island in the capital Taipei.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory for several southern Japanese islands near Taiwan, but later lifted it.