7.4-magnitude Taiwan earthquake kills at least 4, triggers tsunami warnings that were later lifted

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A strong magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off eastern Taiwan during Wednesday morning rush hour, causing some deaths and dozens of injuries and triggering tsunami warnings.

Taipei, Taiwan — Taiwan's strongest earthquake in a quarter century rocked the island during the morning rush hour Wednesday, damaging buildings and highways and causing the deaths of four people.Taiwan's national fire agency said four people died in Hualien County and at least 57 were injured in the quake that struck just before 8 a.m. The local United Daily News reported three hikers died in rockslides in Taroko National Park near the offshore epicenter.

' Hualien was last struck by a deadly quake in 2018, which collapsed a historic hotel and other buildings. Taiwan's worst quake in recent years struck on Sept. 21, 1999, with a magnitude of 7.7, causing 2,400 deaths, injuring around 100,000 and destroying thousands of buildings. Possible tsunamis a concern The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii or the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.


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