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Taiwan rocked by monster 7.2 magnitude earthquake – devastating tremors felt by 33 million


SOUTHERN Taiwan has been rocked by a massive earthquake that was felt by 33 million people.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Taitung City in the afternoon, according to local reports.

Tremors were felt over a distance of 700km.

EMSC, an independent scientific organisation, wrote on its Twitter page: “Today an earthquake hit Taitung City (Chinese Taipei) at 14:44:17 local time (UTC 06:44:17).

“Shaking was felt over 700km by approximately 33M people in Taiwan, Province of China and Taiwan.”

They added: “Aftershocks may occur in the next hours/days. Unless it is necessary, stay away from damaged areas for your safety.

“Be careful and follow national authorities’ information.”

Eyewitnesses said the tremors were “strong and violent”.

Tsunami warnings have been issued, with the highest wave predicted to be 0.9m in Hsin-ch’ang-ts’un.

The public have been urged to move away from the coast and reach a higher place.

More to follow….



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