Taiwan hit by strongest quake in 25 years, buildings damaged

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TAIPEI — A 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Taiwan on Wednesday, the strongest tremor to hit the island in at least 25 years, shaking buildings from their foundations and sparking a tsunami warning for the islands of southern Japan and the Philippines.

A damaged apartment in New Taipei City, Taiwan April 3, 2024.

The quake, which knocked out power in several parts of the capital Taipei, hit at 07:58 a.m. at a depth of 15.5km just off the eastern coast of Taiwan, according to Taiwan's Central Weather Administration. The quake was felt in Shanghai, a Reuters witness said. Chinese state media said it was also felt in Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou and Ningde in China's Fujian province.

The Taipei city government has not received any reports of damage and the city's MRT was up and running soon after, while electricity operator Taipower said more than 87,000 households in Taiwan were still without power. Shares of TSMC were down 1.4% in early trade, while Apple, opens new tab supplier Foxconn's stock fell more than 2% and shares of flat panel maker Au Optronics dropped 1.7%.


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