Strong quake strikes eastern Taiwan, tsunami threat lifted
A strong earthquake struck southeastern Taiwan, bringing at least one building down in a small town and tearing up roads as forecasters said the threat of a regional tsunami had passed. Japan's Meteorological Agency and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued tsunami advisories shortly after the quake, but both later sent updated bulletins saying there was no longer a threat of high waves. In the Taiwanese town of Yuli, a building that hosted a 7/11 convenience store on the ground floor collapsed.
Aftershocks struck southeastern Taiwan on Monday, including a 5.5-magnitude earthquake that was felt in the capital Taipei, a day after a more powerful tremor killed one person and injured around 150 others. © Sam Yeh Roads in Hualien county were torn up by Sunday's quake
The latest quake hit around 10 am (0200 GMT), 66 kilometres (41 miles) south-southwest of the coastal city of Hualien at a depth of 13 kilometres, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Taiwan's central weather bureau put the magnitude at 5.9.
Rural and sparsely populated southeastern Taiwan has been rattled by a series of jolts since Saturday.
Taiwan – One dead in the earthquake that struck Taiwan
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. © 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.
The most powerful, a 6.9-magnitude quake, struck on Sunday afternoon, tearing up roads and bringing down a handful of houses in the town of Yuli where at least one person was killed.
Four others were rescued from a collapsed building, while authorities said a total of 146 suffered injuries.
Taiwan is regularly hit by quakes and most cause minimal damage but the island also has a long history of deadly disasters.
Hualien, a tourist hotspot, was struck by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in 2018 that killed 17 people and injured nearly 300.
In September 1999, a 7.6-magnitude quake killed around 2,400 people in the deadliest natural disaster in the island's history.
In Japan, the population is preparing for the passage of the Nanmadol .
© Kyodo News typhoon "It is a very dangerous typhoon", alerted Ryuta Kurora, head of the forecast unit of the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) . An "unprecedented danger", alerts the Japanese weather agency (JMA). Violent winds, unleashed waves and torrential rains are expected. An "special warning" for the department of Kagoshima, in the south of the big island of Kyushu, was issued to warn the inhabitants against the high risks of strong bad weather.