New quake shakes Taiwan's Hualien

5.7 magnitude quake felt on eastern coast of the island

Reuters February 07, 2018
A damaged residential building is seen after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI: Taiwan was hit by an earthquake of 5.7 magnitude on the eastern coast of the island, the government said late on Wednesday night.

The government said the earthquake took place late on Wednesday near Hualien, the same area as a strong quake on Tuesday and where recovery efforts are still ongoing.

Two dead, over 200 injured in Taiwan quake

The US Geological Survey said the quake was 21 km northeast of the city at a depth of 11 km.

At least seven people were killed and 67 were still missing from the earthquake in the popular tourist city of Hualien as of late Wednesday, the government said in a statement.



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