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9 Dead, 821 Injured as Earthquakes Hit Taiwan - Reports

© PhotoA screenshot from a social media video showing the aftermath of one of the earthquakes that struck near Taiwan.
A screenshot from a social media video showing the aftermath of one of the earthquakes that struck near Taiwan. - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.04.2024
TOKYO (Sputnik) - The 7.7-, 6.6- and 6,3-magnitude earthquakes were registered in the vicinity of Taiwan early on Wednesday, and tremors were felt on the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako, prompting authorities to issue tsunami warnings for the islands, data of the Japan Meteorological Agency showed.
The 7.7-magnitude earthquake was recorded at 8:58 a.m. local time on Wednesday (23:58 GMT on Tuesday) near the eastern coast of Taiwan at a "very shallow depth," the agency said without providing further details. The second earthquake was recorded in less than 15 minutes - at 9:11 a.m. local time.
The 6.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded in the same region at 9:35 a.m. local time at a depth of 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) underwater.
China Earthquake Administration stated that a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien County in eastern Taiwan and was followed by more than 11 earth tremors with a magnitude of over 4.
According to the latest reports, the death toll from earthquakes rose to 9 people while 821 are injured.
Social media users posted videos on X showing that several buildings in Taiwan tilted and were partially destroyed.
Tremors were also felt in the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa. After the earthquakes, tsunami warnings were issued for the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa, Miyako and Yaeyama. The agency said tsunami waves could reach as high as three meters (10 feet).

Both the Japan Meteorological Agency and the Chinese Ministry of Natural Resources lifted a tsunami warnings that were issued after a series of powerful earthquakes hit the eastern coast of Taiwan.

Earlier, the Chinese ministry issued a level 1 tsunami alert, or red alert – the highest of four levels in China – following the earthquakes off Taiwan.

A two-story house with its first floor collapsed caused by powerful earthquake is seen Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, near Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.01.2024
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