7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes on coast of Taiwan

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A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Wednesday greeting connected nan eastbound seashore of Taiwan, nan U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake happened astatine astir 8 a.m. section clip and had a extent of astir 21 miles, according to nan USGS. It was located astir 11 miles south-southwest of Hualien City.

A position of Taipei, Taiwan, successful nan midst of an earthquakeA video still of Taipei, Taiwan, successful nan midst of an earthquake connected April 3.Reuters

Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued tsunami warnings for Okinawa Islands, Miyakojima and nan Yaemama area, pinch heights arsenic overmuch arsenic 3 meters, aliases a small little than 10 feet, possible.

The Tsunami Warning Center successful nan U.S. said location was a tsunami threat of up to 1 metre for Japan and 1 to 3 meters for Taiwan.

Officials successful Japan's Okinawa Prefecture told group successful coastal areas to spell to higher crushed arsenic soon arsenic possible, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported, and said that an 11-inch tsunami was observed astatine Yonaguni Island.

The Philippines were besides expected to spot tsunami waves, nan Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The waves could past hours, it said.

There was nary tsunami threat successful New Zealand aliases connected nan U.S. Pacific coast, officials said.

Taiwan’s meteorological agency listed nan magnitude of nan earthquake astatine 7.2.

There person been little powerful earthquakes successful nan area pursuing nan larger one, according to nan USGS. Those had magnitudes of 6.5, 5.7 and 5.5.

Hualien City has a organization of astir 106,000 and is connected nan eastbound seashore of nan island, astir 70 miles southeast of nan superior of Taipei.

Phil Helsel

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