Collapsing houses, a derailed train, one fatality and dozens injured: A 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Taiwan. The tremors can also be felt on the Chinese coast. A tsunami warning is lifted again.
At least one person died in a major earthquake in Taiwan. The 6.9-magnitude tremor occurred about 50 kilometers north of the city of Taitung at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the USGS. According to the government, at least 79 people had to receive medical treatment. Several houses collapsed, a train derailed in a station.
According to the fire brigade, one person died in a cement factory in the town of Yuli, near the epicenter, when machines fell. According to Taiwan Railways, a train derailed in Hualien County after being hit by falling chunks of concrete. 20 passengers had to be evacuated, nobody was injured.
The tremors were also felt in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei. The Chinese earthquake observation center also reported tremors in coastal areas from Guangdong to Shanghai.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued tsunami warnings shortly after the quake, but these were lifted later in the day. A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the east coast of Taiwan in the same region on Saturday. Taiwan is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The island nation is located at the meeting point of two tectonic plates.