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Taiwan earthquake live updates: buildings collapse after strongest quake in 25 years; tsunami warning in Japan | Taiwan

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A powerful earthquake has hit off the coast of Taiwan, rocking the entire island and collapsing buildings in at least one town. I’m Reged Ahmad and I’ll be with you for the next while.

Japan issued a tsunami alert for the southern Japanese island group of Okinawa, according to Associated Press.

More on that in a moment but first – here’s a summary of what we know so far:

  • Japan’s meteorological agency forecast a tsunami of up to 3 meters, or 9.8 feet for some areas.

  • The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that a 30cm tsunami reached Yonaguni Island at 9:18 am (0018 GMT), Reuters reports.

  • Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency gave the magnitude as 7.2 while the US Geological Survey put it at 7.5.

  • Television have shown buildings in the eastern city of Hualien shaken off their foundations.

  • The quake came at 7:58am local time and could be felt in the capital Taipei.

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Aftershocks reported in Taipei

Buildings in Taipei have continued to shake after an aftershock, according to the Reuters news agency.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Meterological Agency is warning people to be vigilant for aftershocks of similar intensity for around a week.

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Worst quake since 1999 – Taiwan central weather bureau

Here is the latest from our reporter Gregor Hunter in Taipei on what Taiwan’s central weather bureau says is the country’s worse quake since 1999:

Violent shaking was felt in the capital Taipei, with aftershocks continuing throughout the day.

The quake struck during the morning rush hour, prompting a brief suspension of the city’s subway service, and some offices and schools said they would send staff home for the day.

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Philippines tsunami warning relates to coastal areas

Rebecca Ratcliffe

Our south-east Asia correspondent Rebecca Ratcliffe has more detail on the warnings in the Philippines:

The tsunami warning issued by the Philippine authorities relates to people in coastal areas of the following provinces: the Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Isabela.

The Batanes island group is the northernmost province of the Philippines, and is closer to Taiwan than to the northern tip of Luzon, the Philippines’ largest and most populous island, which sits at the northern part of the archipelago. Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Isabela are all located in the north of Luzon.

Residents in these coastal areas of these provinces have been “strongly advised” to immediately evacuate to higher grounds or move farther inland.

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Magnitude revised up – JMA

In the latest – the Japan Meteorological Agency has revised up Taiwan’s earthquake magnitude to 7.7, from 7.5, according to the Reuters news agency.

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Another image coming out of Taiwan shows how buildings have been affected, this one is leaning on its side, appearing to be almost at a 45 degree angle:

In this image taken from a video footage run by TVBS, a partially collapsed building is seen in Hualien, eastern Taiwan. Photograph: AP
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10,000 households without power – reports

Taiwan’s central news agency is reporting that nearly 10,00 households are without power with restoration operations currently under way.

Meanwhile, some of the first video of the aftermath is being posted on social media – this is also from central news agency:

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More images from Hualien are coming in:

In this image taken from a video footage run by TVBS, a woman stands near a partially collapsed building in Hualien, eastern Taiwan Photograph: Anonymous/AP
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Epicentre reported as 25km southeast of Hualien

According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration, the epicentre of the quake was 25km southeast of Hualien:

Map showing Hualien in Taiwan
Map showing Hualien in Taiwan.

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Reports computer chip factory partially evacuated

Bloomberg is reporting that the world’s largest producer of advanced chips has evacuated some factory areas.

The financial publisher said the move could endanger production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

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Reports of damage to houses and water towers – Taiwan

Our Guardian reporter Chi Hui Lin has sent this from Miaoli, one hour’s drive from Taipei:

Wednesday morning’s earthquake was the strongest since the 921 quake in 1999. Aftershocks continued to occur between 8 and 9 a.m.

Social media was full of earthquake posts, with friends sharing information about their homes.

Tiles peeled off the exteriors of old houses in Taipei City, water towers cracked, glass shattered and items fell.

Teachers on campus took their students to an open area for shelter.

At 8 am the phone rang with a tsunami alert: the earthquake-induced tsunami was expected to affect the coastal areas at 9:59am.

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Internet outages reported in Taiwan

Global internet monitor Netblocks has said that internet outages are being registered in parts of Taiwan after the quake.

In a post on X the group said:

The decline in network connectivity comes amid reports of power outages with a tsunami warning issued; nuclear regulator observes no issues with reactors at present

⚠ Confirmed: Internet outages have been registered in parts of #Taiwan after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake; the decline in network connectivity comes amid reports of power outages with a tsunami warning issued; nuclear regulator observes no issues with reactors at present 📉 pic.twitter.com/7hERFHXU87

— NetBlocks (@netblocks) April 3, 2024

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