World: Taiwan – One dead in the earthquake that struck Taiwan

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One pesrona has died and 79 others have been injured as a result of an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 on the open Richter scale that shook the island of Taiwan early Sunday, according to the latest official report.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.8 on the open Richter scale in Taiwan - USGS © Provided by News 360 Earthquake of magnitude 6.8 on the open Richter scale in Taiwan - USGS

The deceased is a worker at a cement factory in Yuli, Hualien County, who was hit by material that fell during the tremor, reports the 'Taipei Times' newspaper.

The Central Weather Bureau said on its website that the epicenter of the quake was located 42.7 kilometers north of Taitung and added that the hypocenter was located about seven kilometers deep. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen has raised the alert level to deal with aftershocks.

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The earthquake has been preceded by a series of tremors over the past few hours, including one of 5.9 during the day on Saturday. About ten aftershocks have also been recorded, including one of magnitude 5.4 on the open Richter scale.

Tsai urged the public to be alert to the danger of seismic activity, following damage to infrastructure and buildings in Hualien and Taitung, including the collapse of two bridges in Hualien, as reported by the Taiwanese news agency CNA.

The Hualien County Disaster Response Center said it has rescued three people after the collapse of a bridge, while firefighters have rescued four others from a collapsed building. Some 400 tourists are being evacuated from Chike Mountain after power lines collapsed due to several landslides.

Also, more than 7,000 households in Hualien have been left without electricity because of the earthquake, while other cities, including Taipei, have suffered power outages. In addition, a train derailed in Hualien as a result of the earthquake, with no reports of casualties.

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