Many trapped in building as earthquake hits Taiwan
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck just to the northeast of the city of Hualien in Taiwan late on Tuesday, the U.S Geological Survey said, causing a hotel to collapse and forcing the closure of a nearby highway, the government said.
The earthquake struck about 22 kms (14 miles) northeast of the city shortly before midnight, and the epicentre was very shallow at just 1km.
An official from the Ministry of Interior’s fire station division told Reuters by phone that people were trapped in the buildings in Hualien.
The government said a bridge in the city on Taiwan’s eastern coast could not be used, and the structure of an inn had tilted during the earthquake.