30 people reportedly trapped in hotel after natural disaster hits Taiwan

Frederick Owens
February 7, 2018

A powerful 6.4 magnitude quake has toppled buildings in the Taiwanese city of Hualien, media reports say.

Emergency services are at the scene of a partially collapsed hotel where people are said to be buried. Taiwan's national fire agency said at least four buildings have collapsed in Hualien, Taiwan, where the quake was strongest.

A 6.4 magnitude natural disaster has struck near the coast of Taiwan, with fears the tremors may have left people trapped inside a building.

Buildings have been toppled in the city of Hualien, according to local media reports.

Several buildings in densely populated cities were reportedly seen shaking due to the intensity of the quake.

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Lewis said she lives on the 12th floor of an apartment complex. Another clip shows the damage caused inside a store.

Clarke said everyone in the hostel is out and there have been a couple of aftershocks. "We are just waiting to go to bed".

The natural disaster, which hit late Tuesday night (local time) was only 1km deep. "No injuries were reported at the time of publication", the Taiwan News reported.

Five more buildings including a hospital had also been damaged, the agency added, with televison footage showing roads strewn with rubble, cracks along highways and damaged buildings tilted at angles.

Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong quake struck the island.

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