A tsunami warning has been issued by the US authorities after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the east coast of Taiwan, with initial reports of shaking felt in Taipei.
This was the second earthquake in less than 24 hours in Taiwan after a 6.4 magnitude tremor rocked the southeastern county of Taitung at around 9.41pm on Saturday.
Visuals shared on social media showed chandeliers and chairs moving violently at the time of the earthquake.
The epicenter of Sunday’s quake was in Chishang Township at a depth of 7.0 kilometers and 42.7 km north of Taitung County Hall, the bureau’s Seismology Center said.
Using Taiwan’s 7-tier intensity scale, which gauges the actual effect of a seismic event, the quake hit 6+ in Chishang and Yuli Township in nearby Hualien County, indicating intense shaking of buildings and movement of furniture.
Early reports indicate a 7-11 convenience store collapsed in Yuli, but as of press time the emergency services had not confirmed whether there were any casualties.