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4 Killed, 225 Injured As 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Taiwan

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| February 7 , 2018 , 11:44 IST

At least 4 people have been killed and 225 others injured when an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hit Taiwan on late Tuesday night. The National Fire Agency said that from the injured, 2 dozen are in critical condition. Around 148 people are still missing and rescue operation is underway.

The China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), reported that the earthquake struck near Hualien County on Taiwan's eastern coast.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck just before midnight Tuesday about 21 kilometres (13 miles) northeast of Hualien at a relatively shallow depth of about 10.6 kilometres (6.6 miles).

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At least four buildings were affected badly by the earthquake and many people trapped.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in a Facebook post said, "ordered search and rescue workers not to give up on any opportunity to save people, while keeping their own safety in mind."

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Video footage and photos showed several midsized buildings leaning at sharp angles, their lowest floors crushed and people trapped inside. Firefighters could be seen climbing ladders hoisted against windows as they sought to reach residents inside the apartments.

Due to the tremor, roads have been blocked and electricity and water supplies disrupted in the area.

Schools and offices in Hualien County were announced as closed on Wednesday.

Two years ago, an earthquake of 6.4 magnitudes hit the southern part of the country, killing 115 people.