World Bulletin / News Desk
According to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the quake’s epicenter was 22 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of Hualien city, and occurred 10.6 kilometers (6.5 miles) deep under the earth.
A total of 116 people got stuck at the Martial Hotel, three floors of which collapsed and ended up leaning on one side. Search-and-rescue efforts are ongoing in the building, according to CNA.
Hualien’s administration’s urgent operation center said six buildings collapsed; a military hospital and two bridges were also damaged.
Taiwan is located in “Pacific Ring of Fire” earthquake and volcanic belt. More than 2,300 people lost their lives in the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that took place in 1999.