Earthquake Jolts Taiwan’s East Of Yujing; Japan Issues Tsunami Warning


Taipei: An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 on the Richter scale struck off 85 km East of Yujing of Taiwan on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

This earthquake struck the region just a day after a 6.5-magnitude quake hit just after 9:30 pm (1330 GMT) about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the coastal city of Taitung at 10 kilometres deep, the USGS said.

After an earthquake hit struck Taiwan’s southeastern coast on Sunday, Japan has issued a tsunami warning.

At least one building collapsed in the town of Yuli according to reports.

While all four people were rescued from the building, three people whose vehicle fell off a damaged bridge were rescued and taken to hospital.

A 6.6 magnitude quake hit the same region on Saturday and there have been multiple tremors since with minimal damage in what is a mountainous, sparsely populated rural region.

Following this, Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory to remote islands near Taiwan. Waves as high as one metre were expected to arrive around 4 pm (0700 GMT), it added.

The China Earthquake Network Centre said tremors were clearly felt in coastal areas including Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Shanghai.

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