At least two people were killed and more than 180 people were injured after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan causing dramatic shaking The quake was reported around 11:50 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. At least five major buildings have collapsed, two bridges closed and sections of two highways have been shut off to traffic.
Several people were trapped under the rubble of toppled buildings. Marshal Hotel in Hualien partially collapsed and another hotel was damaged. Floors one through three of the Marshal Hotel have been completely flattened. No guests have been reported missing.
The Hualien Shangxiao Road Community Apartment has suffered severe damage and is titled 45 degrees with the first and second floors almost completely crushed. Rescue workers estimate that there are roughly 85 households in the community. Another 5.1 magnitude tremor was felt shortly after. Massive cracks have appeared on paved roads in the area and power has been cut to a large number of households. As multiple landslides have occurred along the Suhua Highway, it has been closed to traffic. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted Tuesday: “Relief measures are underway. Stay safe." The epicenter of Tuesday's quake was 18.3 northeast of Hualien County hall at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers. The earthquake comes two years after another 6.4 magnitude quake struck southern Taiwan, killing 116 people.