Death Toll Rises To Nine In 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake In Taiwan..

The death toll has risen to nine in the 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan, which struck the east coast yesterday. The tremors severely affected the Hualien region with mountainous terrain and Capital Taipei.

Officials have confirmed the death of nine people and said over one thousand are injured in the most powerful earthquake in 25 years. Landslides were also triggerred by the earthquake. Rescue operations to reach more than 100 people who are still trapped including 77 people inside the Jinwen and Qingshui tunnels continued in early hours of this morning.

It caused the most damage in Hualien, where buildings fell, roads were blocked and train lines disrupted, leaving the remote region even more cut off from the rest of Taiwan.

The earthquake also triggered tsunami alerts earlier in nearby Japanese and Philippine islands – but the alerts were later downgraded.

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