A strong earthquake causes the partial collapse of a building and interrupts rail transport

Taipei, September 17 (CNA) A strong earthquake that struck southeastern Taiwan on Saturday evening caused the partial collapse of a one-story dwelling in Hualien County and disrupted train services across the country. .

The 6.4-magnitude quake, which struck at 9:41 p.m., caused the side wall of a 70-year-old uninhabited house in Fuli Township in Hualien to collapse, with no injuries or deaths reported. right after.

The earthquake’s epicenter was located about 35.8 kilometers north of Taitung County Hotel at a depth of 7.3 km, the Central Meteorological Bureau (CWB) Seismology Center said.

6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Taiwan

The earthquake intensity, which measures the actual effect of an earthquake, reached 6 on Taiwan’s 7-level intensity scale in Chishang Township of Taitung, indicating intense shaking of buildings and movement of unsecured objects inside.

More than 10 aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 3.2 to 5.5 followed between 9:43 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., according to the CWB, with no immediate casualties or damage.

Regarding rail transportation, the Taiwan Railway Administration said trains connecting Yuli Station in Hualien County and Tamali Station in Taitung have been temporarily halted.

Trains in other parts of Taiwan are operating at reduced speeds with delays in services between Pingtung and Taitung, Taiwan Railways added.

Taiwan Railways said the company had asked maintenance personnel to carry out safety checks before resuming all services.

Taiwan High Speed ​​Rail Corp. said five trains between Yunlin and Kaohsiung had been canceled due to the quake, adding that safety inspections would be carried out before services resume.

Trains between Pingtung and Taitung were delayed, Taiwan Railways said.

The Taipei and Kaohsiung subway systems have been temporarily suspended.

Meanwhile, a Taitung retailer reported inventory falling off shelves, leaving broken glass strewn across the store floor.

(By Chang Chi, Wang Shu-fen and Frances Huang)

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