People rescued from collapsed buildings in Taiwan earthquake

1 week ago 24

Aftermath of Taiwan earthquake

Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more

Live Reporting

Edited by Tessa Wong

All times stated are UK

  1. Aftershock warnings

    Multiple aftershocks were felt in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, in the hour after the initial quake.

    Wu Chien-fu, director of Taipei's Central Weather Administration's Seismology Center, told the AFP news agency that authorities are not ruling out that "there will be earthquakes with magnitude of 6.5 to 7 in three days which will be relatively close to the land".

    The Japanese Meteorological Agency has also told Japanese citizens to be vigilant for aftershocks, Reuters has reported.

  2. Pictures coming out show damage

    The powerful quake was felt all across the island, even in cities hundreds of kilometres away from the Hualien epicentre.

    A seven storey building tilted on its side in Hualien city

    Copyright: TVBS

    Image caption: A partially collapsed building in Hualien city

    The earthquake unleashed landslides in Taiwan's mountaineous region

    Copyright: Reuters

    Image caption: The earthquake unleashed landslides in Taiwan's mountainous region

    A view of a damaged apartment following an earthquake offshore, in New Taipei City

    Copyright: Reuters

    Image caption: A damaged apartment in New Taipei City - a three hour drive north of the Hualien epicentre
  3. What do we know so far?

    • There's been a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake just off the eastern coast of Taiwan
    • It is Taiwan's strongest earthquake in 25 years, according to seismology officials
    • At least two buildings have partially collapsed in Hualien - the city closest to the epicentre - and are shown leaning at precarious angles
    • The earthquake hit the area at 07:58 local time on Wednesday (23:58 GMT) and the epicentre was situated about 18km (11 miles) south of Hualien
    • A tsunami warning had been declared for nearby Japanese islands in the southern prefecture of Okinawa, but it has since been downgraded to a "tsunami advisory"
    • The Philippines, which is also near Taiwan, has also declared a tsunami alert for its northern coastline
  4. If you're just joining us

    Tessa Wong

    A powerful earthquake has struck off the coast of Taiwan, causing buildings to collapse in Hualien, the city closest to the epicentre. Rescuers are pulling out survivors. Earlier there were tsunami warnings issued by Taiwan as well as neighbouring Japan and the Philippines.

    Stay with us as my colleagues Fiona Nimoni, Frances Mao and I bring you more updates.

Read Entire Article