The U.S. Geological Survey measured a Sunday’s quake at a magnitude 7.2 and at a depth of 10 km (six miles) in southeastern Taiwan, with epicenter in Taitung county, at 2:44 p.m. The quake was finally considered a 6.8 magnitude. It followed a 6.4 quake on Saturday evening in the same area. Buildings collapsed, train carriages derailled and hundreds people are trapped on the scenic Chike and Liushishi mountain areas by blocked roads but there were no injuries. A worker at a cement factory in the town of Yuli died after equipment collapsed on him during the earthquake. Some bridges were damaged and water and electrical supply was cut to some places. A warning for tsunami was later lifted. Most of northern Taiwan experienced the quake at a level three intensity. Aftershocks have continued to jolt the island.
Many people were rescued from collapsed buildings. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) , the world’s largest contract chipmaker, said there was “no known significant impact for now”. The China Earthquake Network Center said tremors were felt in coastal areas including Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Shanghai. Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates in the Pacific Ring of Fire and this is why regularly earthquakes occurs. In September 1999, a 7.6-magnitude quake killed around 2,400 people in the deadliest natural disaster in the island’s history.