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Taiwan: 1 killed, 400 tourists killed in strong earthquake and train derails on island

a Strong earthquake shook Taiwan On Sunday, a three-storey building collapsed and temporarily trapped four people inside, nearly 400 tourists on a hillock and part of a passenger train collided with its tracks.

One person died and nine people received minor injuries, TaiwanThe Emergency Operations Center said.

The 6.8-magnitude quake was the largest of dozens that devastated the island’s southeast coast since Saturday evening, when a magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck the same area. Most of the damage appeared north of the epicenter, which Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said was in the city of Chishang at a relatively shallow depth of 7 kilometers.

In the nearby town of Yuli, a cement factory worker was killed and a three-story building, with 7-11 convenience stores on the ground floor and housing above it, collapsed, the island’s central news agency said. The building’s 70-year-old owner and his wife were first rescued, but it took longer to reach a 39-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter.

A photo released by the Hualien city government shows the girl lying on a blanket and helmets in orange uniforms being lowered down a metal ladder from the top of the rubble. The top two stories of the building were left extending into a small alleyway and to the other, with power cables pulled down from the collapsed structure.

More than 7,000 homes in Yuli are reported to have no electricity and water pipes have also been damaged. Shelves and musical instruments at Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church collapsed and a long crack fell down from its floor. Outside, the pavement was broken into slabs of concrete. According to media reports, police and firefighters arrived to find a bridge collapsed on a two-lane road, which appears to be a rural part of the same city, where three people and one or more vehicles may have collapsed.

In Yuli too, a landslide trapped around 400 tourists on a mountain famous for the orange day lilies that cover its slopes at this time of year, the central news agency said. They had no electricity and a weak cellphone signal.

The debris from the falling debris on a platform at Dongli station in Fuli city, which is between the epicenter of the quake in Yuli and Chishang, collided with a passing train, causing six cars to derail, the Central News Agency quoted the railway administration as saying. Got off. None of the 20 passengers were injured.

The tremors were felt at the northern end of the island in the capital Taipei. One person was injured after a roof collapsed on the 5th floor of a sports center in Taoyuan City, west of Taipei and 210 kilometers north of the epicenter.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory for several southern Japanese islands near Taiwan, but later lifted it.

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