A magnitude-6.4 natural disaster struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, killing two hotel employees and injuring at least 186 other people, officials said.
A shallow 6.4-magnitude natural disaster rocked eastern Taiwan late today, U.S. geologists said, the latest in a string of quakes to have hit the region in recent days.
No tsunami warning has been issued.
According to local media, around 30 people are stuck inside the hotel.
Officials from Hualien fire department said 28 people had been rescued from the hotel and a residential building.
Efforts to rescue people trapped inside is underway. Emergency services were working to free them.
Two bridges in Hualien City were damaged and sealed off from the public. One building apparently had collapsed onto what once was the ground floor.
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Four other buildings, including two hotels, also tilted during the quake and the government also confirmed that a military hospital had been damaged during the natural disaster.
A huge building was filmed collapsing during the quake, narrowly missing a lucky taxi driver.
Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, after a strong quake struck the island.
Landslides triggered by the quake closed some vital highways. The video shows people gathering near the building and shining flashlights on windows.
"The quake is so big".
As soon as the quake struck, Clarke and her friends jumped out of their beds and ran outside straight to the hills. "We haven't seen any large enough here to record yet", John Bellini from the USGS told Gizmodo.