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Hundreds stranded and buildings collapse as Taiwan is hit by powerful earthquake

Taiwan was rocked by powerful earthquake that toppled three-storey buildings. It also left around 400 tourists stranded on a mountainside.

Footage captures the moment that the 6.8 magnitude earthquake also caused the ceiling at a sports center to collapse, while people were playing badminton.

As parts of the ceiling fell on the badminton court at Taoyuan Bade Civil Sports Center, in the northwest corner of the country, people ran to safety.

This earthquake was the strongest of the many that struck the island since Saturday night’s magnitude 6.4 earthquake.

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Image Firefighters rescue an individual at the Yuli township site of a building that collapsed.

The majority of the damage was seen north of the epicenter on the island’s southeast coast. Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau stated that the epicenter was located in Chishang, at a relatively shallow depth of seven kilometers (four miles).

According to the Central News Agency of the island, the three-storey building had a convenience store 7-Eleven on the ground floor, and residents on the upper floors. It collapsed in Yuli, Huadong Valley, east of the country.

The 70-year old owner of the building and his wife were first saved, but it took longer for a 39 year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter to be saved.

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Hualien’s city government released a photo showing the girl lying on a bed and being carried down by orange-clad rescue workers wearing helmets.

The photos showed the two upper floors spread out across narrow streets and onto the opposite side. There were also electricity wires that had been pulled down by the falling building.

According to media reports, firefighters and police rushed to the scene of a bridge that had collapsed on a two-lane road in Yuli. Three people were among those who lost their vehicles.

Image Firefighters were on the scene at the Yuli township collapsed building

According to the Central News Agency, nearly 400 tourists were trapped on Yuli’s mountain known for its orange day lilies.

They were without electricity and had weak mobile phone signals.

The agency cited the railway administration as saying that a canopy covering a platform at Dongli station, Fuli town, was struck by a train leaving three cars at an angle.

The shaking was felt in Taipei’s north end.

A ceiling on the fifth floor collapsed at a sports center in Taoyuan, west of Taipei. This man sustained injuries.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued tsunami warnings for several islands in southern Japan near Taiwan. However, it was later removed.

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