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Hotel collapses in Taiwan after major earthquake

Hotel collapses in Taiwan after major earthquake
From Al Jazeera - February 6, 2018

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has hit the coast off eastern Taiwan, and the government says a hotel has collapsed.

The US Geological Survey reported the quake was shallow at a depth of 10km and struck at 15:50 GMT, about 20km off the east coast.

A hotel in the city of Hualien - with a population of about 106,000 - has collapsed, the government said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel caved in, which led to its collapse.

Local mediashowed footage of leaning buildings and cracked pavements.

Journalist Joyce Huang, reporting from the capital Taipei, told Al Jazeera on the phone that as many as 30 people may be trapped in the hotel.

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