8 February 2018Insurance

Four high-rise buildings partly collapse in M6.4 Taiwan earthquake

At least four high-rise buildings partly collapsed or are leaning precariously after an M6.4 earthquake struck north of Hualian, Taiwan on Tuesday, Feb. 6, according to catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide.

Coming just two days after an M6.1 struck nearby, the quake destroyed homes, damaged bridges, and buckled roads around this northeastern coastal city. The shallow quake was felt as far away as the capital city of Taipei about 120 km (74 miles) to the north, according to USGS reports. It has been followed by a series of strong aftershocks centring in the same area north of the city, including an M5.7 on Wednesday, February 7.

Bridges and some roadways remain closed until inspections prove they are safe for travel, although local airports and rail services remain fully operational.

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