A strong earthquake rocks Taiwan, collapsing buildings and causing a tsunami

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A powerful earthquake struck off Taiwan early Wednesday, rocking the entire island and collapsing buildings.

A flood watch is in effect for Monroe, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming counties from 2 a.m. Wednesday until 2 p.m. Thursday.In this image taken from a video footage run by TVBS, a partially collapsed building is seen in Hualien, eastern Taiwan on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. A powerful earthquake rocked the entire island of Taiwan early Wednesday, collapsing buildings in a southern city and creating a tsunami that washed ashore on southern Japanese islands.

Train service was suspended across the island of 23 million people, as was subway service in Taipei. But things quickly returned to normal in the capital, with children going to school and the morning commute appearing to be normal. Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency gave the magnitude as 7.2 while the U.S. Geological Survey put it at 7.4. It struck at 7:58 a.m. about 18 kilometers south-southwest of Hualien and was about 35 kilometers deep.


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