Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Hotel COLLAPSES as huge 6.4 magnitude natural disaster strikes major city

Hotel COLLAPSES as huge 6.4 magnitude natural disaster strikes major city

A powerful natural disaster struck Taiwan today, causing damage and a partially collapsed hotel building, sources report.

Officials from Hualien fire department said 28 people had been rescued from the hotel and a residential building.

Initial reports indicate the quake was about 5.9 miles deep and roughly 13 miles from the city of Hualien.

No tsunami warning has been issued. Residents as far away as Taipei (around 120km north) could feel tremors.

It follows nearly 100 smaller tremors to have hit the area in the last three days and comes exactly two years since a quake of the same magnitude struck the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing more than 100 people.

"At the time of publication, Taiwan had registered 19 earthquakes today, with all the tremors clustered around the same area off the coast of Hualien".

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This comes after several major earthquakes struck along the Pacific "Ring of Fire" in recent months. Numerous country's buildings are built to withstand some shaking. "I wouldn't be surprised for there to be a number of aftershocks in the next couple of days".

Initial reports said at least 702 households were blacked out.

And, the AP says, Taiwanese media reported that a separate hotel known as the Beautiful Life Hotel is tilting.

The large building in Hualien looked very close to collapsing completely.

Emily Clarke and her friends live in Wellington, so have been through a few quakes, but "this one was definitely bigger".

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