Updated: 2/19/2018 8:53:53 AM
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake jolted north-eastern Taiwan's Yilan County at 10:47 pm on Monday (Feb 19), the island's meteorological authority said.
The epicentre was monitored at 24.63 degrees north latitude and 121.61 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 46.5km.
The shock was felt in "more than half of Taiwan" including the capital Taipei, the semi-official Central News Agency reported, citing the Central Weather Bureau.
The strongest tremor, registered at an intensity of 5, was felt in Yilan's Niudou district, the bureau said.
No casualty or damage was immediately reported.
Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The magnitude-6.4 quake struck at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday and was centered 14 miles northeast of the coastal city of Hualien. The shaking was felt across Taiwan, but in Hualien the force was disastrous, collapsing walls and leaving buildings resting at alarming angles.
On Wednesday a clearer toll emerged: six dead and dozens of people feared trapped, officials said.
The number of missing dropped to 88 from 145 by 3 p.m. as survivors were pulled from damaged buildings and officials lowered their tallies of people believed to be inside. The estimate of missing was expected to drop further after some buildings were completely searched and no one found, the state-owned Central News Agency reported. More than 250 people were injured, officials said.
Most of the missing were trapped in a large building with both businesses and apartments in downtown Hualien. The gray tile and glass Yun Men Tsui Ti building, which sits next to a park along the Meilun River, had a small hotel, a hot pot restaurant and apartments. The authorities believe more than 200 people were in the building during the quake, which flattened parts of its lower levels and left it leaning precariously. The bodies of the four who died were pulled from the building, as were dozens of survivors.
Emergency workers used enormous beams, raised with a crane, to prop up the Yun Men Tsui Ti building, a large residential and commercial complex, which leaned ominously over the street below.
Dozens of aftershocks continued to shake the city Wednesday, with 600 military personnel and more than 750 firefighters combing through the rubble and helping with rescue efforts, according to Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center.