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Magnitude-6.0 earthquake hits Taiwan, causes hotel collapse

A devastating earthquake off the eastern coast of Taiwan caused the collapse of a hotel, government sources said on Tuesday.

“The magnitude-6.0 earthquake’s epicentre was 18.3 kilometres north of Hualien County Hall at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers,’’ Taiwain’s Central Weather Bureau said.

The quake, recorded at 23:50 local time Tuesday (1550 GMT), could be felt across Taiwan, with an intensity of three felt in the capital city of Taipei.

According to the Central Weather Bureau, the temblor followed a spate of earthquakes over the past few days.

“A hotel in Hualien City collapsed as a result of the quake,’’ the National Fire Agency said.

It said that no fewer than 29 people were trapped inside the hotel.

“Su-Hua Highway, a coastal motorway in eastern Taiwan, was disrupted and cars can’t cross the Hualien Bridge,’’ the National Fire Agency said.

Initial reports said no less than 702 households were blacked out.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage. (dpa/NAN)

A DEVASTATING earthquake off the eastern coast of Taiwan caused the collapse of a hotel, government sources said on Tuesday.

“The magnitude-6.0 earthquake’s epicentre was 18.3 kilometres north of Hualien County Hall at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers,’’ Taiwain’s Central Weather Bureau said.

The quake, recorded at 23:50 local time Tuesday (1550 GMT), could be felt across Taiwan, with an intensity of three felt in the capital city of Taipei.

According to the Central Weather Bureau, the temblor followed a spate of earthquakes over the past few days.

“A hotel in Hualien City collapsed as a result of the quake,’’ the National Fire Agency said.

It said that no fewer than 29 people were trapped inside the hotel.

“Su-Hua Highway, a coastal motorway in eastern Taiwan, was disrupted and cars can’t cross the Hualien Bridge,’’ the National Fire Agency said.

Initial reports said no less than 702 households were blacked out.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage. (dpa/NAN)

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.