Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Two dead as Taiwan quake topples buildings

Two dead as Taiwan quake topples buildings

Meanwhile, no tsunami warning has been issued as result of natural disaster.

Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported that the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel had caved in. Rescue teams are responding to the area and people are believed to be trapped in the hotel. Emergency services were working to free them.

Rescure workers search the damaged Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, early February 7, 2018, after a strong natural disaster struck the island. One building apparently had collapsed onto what once was the ground floor. Nearly all of the deaths were caused by a collapsed residential building, named Weiguan Jinlong in Yongkang District, except two others, who were killed in Guiren District.

Photos on Apple Daily showed a man calling for help from the window of another building and wires dangling from the collapsed ceiling of a local hospital.

Hualien is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist hubs as it lies on the picturesque east coast rail line and is near to popular Taroko Gorge.

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Ms Clarke said she and her companions "pretty much just ran up the hill" away from the beach, due to the fear of tsunamis.

Rescuers are seen entering damaged buildings after the quake. There have been several other strong quakes in the area in the last few days.

"We pretty much ran out of the hostel and went straight for the hill".

"We didn't really know what to do", Ms Clarke told TVNZ 1's Breakfast.

Clarke said everyone in the hostel is out and there have been a couple of aftershocks.

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