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Taiwan: Tsunami warnings lifted – news.ORF.at

Taiwan was hit by an earthquake today – and earlier tsunami warnings have been lifted. The Taiwan Meteorological Administration said the two quakes hit the sparsely populated southeastern part of the island. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.8 on the Richter scale.

With three injured when their car fell off a damaged bridge, according to firefighters, the island nation appears to have come off slightly compared to the earthquake that killed more than 100 six years ago.

Rescue workers also managed to reach more than 600 people trapped in a mountainous area due to buried roads. Buildings swayed briefly in the capital, Taipei, and residents felt several aftershocks. According to the operators, the largest chip factories in the cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung were not affected.

US monitoring stations measured 7.2 earthquakes and issued a tsunami warning for Taiwan, but the warning was soon lifted. The Japanese authorities quickly canceled their tsunami warning in parts of Okinawa Prefecture, which lies between Taiwan and the main Japanese islands further away.

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