Series of earthquakes in Taiwan causes partial collapse of two buildings

Series of earthquakes in Taiwan causes partial collapse of two buildings
Series of earthquakes in Taiwan causes partial collapse of two buildings

EFE.- A series of strong earthquakesthe largest of them of magnitude 6.3, shook the east coast of Taiwan during the night of this Monday and causing the partial collapse of two buildings in the eastern city of Hualien.

According to images broadcast by the state news agency CNAa hotel and a block of households partially collapsed in this town, where twenty days ago another earthquake of magnitude 7.2, the most intense recorded on the island in the last 25 years.

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He hotel was currently undergoing renovation and the residential building, which was severely damaged after the April 3 earthquake, was unoccupied at the time of the earthquakesso there was no victimsreported local authorities.

The tremors, which coincided with a day of strong rainshave also caused landslides and rocks on several roads in Hualien County.

Consequently, the government of the demarcation announced the closure of schools and Offices in the region and asked residents not to approach dangerous buildings.

The first of this series of strong earthquakes, which had a magnitude of 5.5, occurred at 5:08 p.m. on Monday in the municipality of Shoufengin Hualien County, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Since then, and until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday (local time), the Meteorological Agency Central (CWA) counted around 200 tremors of different intensityamong them two of magnitude 6 and 6.3, recorded during the early hours of Tuesday.

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This latest earthquake, the strongest since April 3, was felt throughout the island of Taiwan and had its maximum intensity in the county of Hualien.

The two earthquakes were also felt in the capital: buildings Taipei shook strongly, moving doors and windows and causing objects to fall in the middle of the night.

Aftershocks of the April 3 earthquake

The director of the CWA Seismological Center, Wu Chien-fu, stated that this series of earthquakes were replicas of the April 3 earthquake, while acknowledging that more tremors are expected in the coming months, according to the agency CNA.

He earthquake of April 3, which caused 17 deaths and more than 1,100 injuries, has caused more than a thousand aftershocks of different magnitude in recent weeks, most of them located north of the epicenter of the earthquake, and energy is only now beginning to be released in the south, the expert said.

Taiwan sits at the confluence of the plates Philippine and Eurasian, so earthquakes are frequent on the island.

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