July 13, 2024
Powerful earthquake rocks Taiwan
TAIPEI - A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off Taiwan's east coast on Wednesday, the strongest tremor to hit the island in 25 years.

The earthquake caused multiple buildings to collapse in Hualien, the city closest to the epicenter, where rescue efforts were continuing, NHK reported.

The earthquake was also felt as far as Taiwan's mountainous interior, which was rocked by huge landslides.

In the capital Taipei, footage showed buildings seen shakily violently.

"The earthquake is close to land and it's shallow. It's felt all over Taiwan and offshore islands... It's the strongest in 25 years," said Wu Chien Fu, the director of Taipei's Seismology Center.

Taiwanese chipmaking giant TSMC said it has evacuated some of its factories in Hsinchu and southern Taiwan for its staff's safety, but it added that its safety systems are operating normally. TSMC is a major producer of semiconductors for tech firms including Apple and Nvidia.

Earlier, the earthquake set off tsunami warnings on the island and its neighboring countries.

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