Taiwan earthquake latest news: Biggest quake in 25 years hits east coast - BBC News


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Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

Asia correspondent in Taipei

The shaking was strong in the capital Taipei, where I am and this is more than 100km (62 miles) from the epicentre in Hualien on Taiwan's east coast.

It must have been much, much stronger shaking there - people would have been really terrified by it. Fortunately a lot of people were out on the streets.

The timing was lucky - it was around 8am, so most people were on their way to work or taking their kids to school, or out running errands.

We have seen pictures from Hualien of people videoing their morning commute. They are stopped in traffic, watching one building as it started to topple. People were remarkably calm.

There has obviously been a lot of damage but, so far, thankfully few reports of loss of life or very serious injuries.



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