Feb. 6 (UPI) — A powerful magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Taiwan’s northeastern coast Tuesday, causing buildings to collapse and bury people beneath debris.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was located northeast of Hualien County at a depth of 6.2 miles and the Central Weather Bureau reported three aftershocks.
A number of buildings collapsed or suffered major damage, including the Marshal Hotel.
Gas leaks, blackouts and rockfall were also reported. Two bridges in Hualien City were damaged and sealed off from the public.
Tuesday’s event came just two days after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the coast of Taiwan.
Taiwan, located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” routinely experiences relatively minor earthquakes. The country and its populous capital have, however, experienced larger quakes in the past. A 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan in 1999 and killed more than 2,500 people.