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Two consecutive quakes rock Taiwan (VIDEOS) — Analysis

Taiwan has been hit by earthquakes for the second day in row, with the magnitude of Sunday’s tremor estimated at 6.9 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

According to agency records, the epicenter could be found at 10 km depth in Tainan municipal, south of self-governed Island.

Local media reported that several residents were trapped beneath the rubble after the tremors led to the fall of the low-rise structure housing a convenience shop.

Taiwan Railway Administration stated that a train had been stranded in the area. It was reported that 20 people were evacuated.

Online videos have revealed a bridge which appears to have fallen due to shaking.

So far, information on the number of casualties as well as the extent of damage is not available.

Initial estimates by the USGS put the magnitude at 7.2. However, it was later revised to 7.3. Japan’s Meteorological Agency has issued a warning for 1-meter tsunami waves for a part of the country’s Okinawa prefecture, following the tremors.

Taiwan also felt an earthquake Saturday with an estimated magnitude 6.4.

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