Taiwan Shaken by Most Powerful Quake in Decades

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Taiwan has been jolted by its most intense earthquake in 25 years, registering a formidable 7.4 on the Richter scale. The tremor, which struck close to Hualien city, has tragically claimed the lives of at least seven individuals, with rescue operations underway for 77 others feared trapped beneath the rubble of collapsed structures.

The quake’s devastation was particularly acute in the mountainous terrains of Hualien, where landslides have wrought havoc, severing connections and leaving damage that may take considerable time to mend. Among the casualties were three hikers, who perished due to rockfalls triggered by the seismic activity.

Even the nation’s capital, Taipei, located far from the epicenter, experienced the quake’s might, with videos capturing buildings in a state of violent agitation. The initial aftermath of the quake saw tsunami warnings issued across the island and to neighboring countries, though many have been withdrawn as the situation stabilizes.

This seismic event stands as a stark reminder of the island’s vulnerability to natural disasters, prompting a review of preparedness and response strategies to better safeguard the lives and livelihoods of its residents.

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