Taiwan hit by 2nd strong earthquake in as many days

BEIJING — A strong earthquake rocked Taiwan on Sunday as a series of aftershocks hit the self-governing island off the east coast of China.

The 6.8 quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles) near the city of Taitung on the southeast coast, Taiwan authorities reported.

A two-story residential building collapsed near the epicenter, according to Taiwanese media. The tremor was felt at the northern end of the island in the capital, Taipei.

Following the earthquake in Taiwan, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a warning of a tsunami of up to 1 meter (3 feet) in height reaching several islands in southern Japan.

The agency said the first waves could reach Yonaguni Island, Japan’s westernmost island about 110 kilometers (70 miles) east of Taiwan, around 4:10 p.m. (0710 GMT) and then three neighboring islands. The islands are about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) southwest of Tokyo. Weather officials have urged residents of these areas to stay away from the coastline.

Taitung County in Taiwan was hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Saturday evening and has been rocked by numerous aftershocks since then.


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