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Strongest Earthquake in Taiwan in Last 25 Years,

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Taiwan was struck by its strongest earthquake in 25 years on Wednesday, a 7.4 magnitude tremor that shook the island’s eastern coast, bringing down multiple buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least four people.

The quake hit at 7:58 a.m. local time 18 kilometers (11 miles) south of Hualien city and at a depth of 34.8 kilometers (21 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. It was followed by several strong aftershocks with tremors felt across the island, including by CNN staff in Taipei.

 

Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said at least four people were killed and 57 others injured in the quake. The deaths occurred in Hualien County, with a hiker among those killed. Officials were still gathering information on casualties, the NFA said.

 

Reports of extensive damage have also emerged, with people trapped in collapsed buildings in Hualien County, thousands of homes left without power and a major highway along the east coast shut to traffic due to landslides and rockfalls, according to Taiwanese officials.

 

Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration spokesperson warned that powerful aftershocks as high as magnitude 7 are expected to occur until the end of the week.

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