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30 people reportedly trapped in hotel after quake hits Taiwan

07 February 2018

Taiwan is prone to earthquakes and has felt a few in recent days, including magnitude 5.3 and 6.1 quakes on Sunday.

Northern and eastern Taiwan were rocked by a magnitude 6.0 quake at 11:50pm last night.

Efforts to rescue people trapped inside is underway.

The quake followed one over the weekend off the coast of Hualien, which lies along the famed "Pacific Rim of Fire" known for seismic activity from Alaska to Southeast Asia.

Facebook user Sun Chen-hsiang, who was livestreaming the scene at the hotel from a distance, told how the building next to his home had collapsed. People were requested to move on to the safer place. The video shows people gathering near the building and shining flashlights on windows.

Reports continue to come in of other damage registered to buildings and infrastructure.

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"The president has asked the cabinet and related ministries to immediately launch the "disaster mechanism" and to work at the fastest rate on disaster relief work", the president's office said in a statement.

The quake is said to be centered in East China Sea, around 21 kilometers north-northeast of Hualien City.

It follows nearly 100 smaller tremors to have hit the area in the last three days.

The quake comes nearly exactly two years since a quake of the same magnitude struck the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing more than 100 people. "There are cracks on the wall, even the fridge moved", he said.

TWO people have been killed and more than 100 are injured after two earthquakes struck Taiwan.

Some people in Taiwan are still scarred by a 1999 magnitude-7.6 natural disaster in which more than 2,000 people died.

30 people reportedly trapped in hotel after quake hits Taiwan