Earthquake hits Taiwan and Japan issues tsunami warning


7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the east of the island; at least one person died, according to news agency

An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 hit Taiwan this Tuesday (April 2, 2024). According to the USGS (United States Geological Survey, translated into Portuguese), the epicenter of the tremor was 18 km from the city of Hualien, in the east of the island.

Videos circulating on social media show damage and several damaged buildings in Hualien. According to the news agency Reuters, at least one person died and more than 50 are injured. Another 87,000 residents are without power.

Watch the video showing the damage in Taiwan (2min43s):

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a tsunami warning with waves of up to 1 meter after the earthquake for Okinawa and other islands east and northeast of Taiwan. See the map below (the warning applies to the areas outlined in yellow and blue) – the X is the epicenter.

The Philippines also issued a tsunami warning and asked residents of coastal areas to seek high ground and stay away from the coast. The archipelago is south of Taiwan.

The article is in Portuguese

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