Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Hotel collapses after 6.4 magnitude quake in Taiwan

Hotel collapses after 6.4 magnitude quake in Taiwan

Taiwanese media reported that aside from the cave in on the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel, a separate hotel known as the Beautiful Life Hotel, is tilting.

Two bridges in Hualien City were damaged and sealed off from the public.

Cellphone video from Hualien City shows a large building leaning at a unsafe angle as sirens are heard in the background. Twenty-eight have been rescued from other collapsed buildings.

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Initial reports indicate the quake was about 5.9 miles deep and roughly 13 miles from the city of Hualien. (EPA) The aftermaths of earth quake in Hualien, Taiwan.

The Hualien Shangxiao Road Community Apartment (花蓮商校路社區大樓) has suffered severe damage and is titled 45 degrees with the first and second floors almost completely crushed. The quake struck at a depth of 11 km. "We have since felt a few mild aftershocks", Lewis said in an email.

Being close to the beach they were anxious about a tsunami, but they did not hear any siren.

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Ms Clarke said she and her companions "pretty much just ran up the hill" away from the beach, due to the fear of tsunamis. We don't know what to do. Another clip shows the damage caused inside a store.

"Everyone jumps at every jolt. No injuries were reported at the time of publication", the Taiwan News reported. The agency posted photos showing a road fractured in several parts.

Taiwan is prone to earthquakes and on Sunday a quake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck nearby.

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