Earthquake Strikes Southern Taiwan

An earthquake, measuring magnitude 6.4, has struck southern Taiwan, causing a residential building to partially collapse.

A powerful earthquake, measuring magnitude 6.4, struck southern Taiwan early on Saturday near the city of Tainan, triggering at least one partial building collapse and other damages but no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.4 quake was centred 27 miles (43 km) southeast of Tainan, a city of nearly 2 million people. The USGS initially reported the quake as being magnitude 6.7, before lowering the rating.

The quake was very shallow, at depth of 6.2 miles (10 km), which would have amplified its effects, the USGS said.

“Collapsed buildings reported in Tainan, with rescue workers arriving on scene. The city government there has set up a level one emergency response centre. Onlookers are urged not to block access to emergency crews moving into the area,” Taiwan’s China Post newspaper said.

Tainan city’s fire department said earlier that it was on its way to the site of one building that had partially collapsed and Liu Shih-chung, an official with the Tainan City Government, said the city had set up an emergency response centre.

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