Taiwan earthquake kills seven 

By Rorisang Modiba

Taiwan suffered a 7.7 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday morning leaving at least seven people dead and hundreds injured. 

The earthquake that happened near Hualien in eastern Taiwan is the biggest the country has experienced in over two decades.

The quake caused a tsunami warning for southern Japan and the Philippines, but it was later cancelled.

“It was very strong. It felt as if the house was going to topple,” said 60-year-old Taipei hospital worker Chang Yu-lin.

The presidential office announced that the president-elect Lai Ching-te, set to take office soon, planned to visit Hualien.

Footage showed aid workers assisting people to escape through windows using ladders. 

In Taipei, the subway system experienced strong tremors, leading to a temporary shutdown to evacuate passengers, but service was quickly restored on most lines. 

Although Taiwan issued a tsunami warning, no subsequent damage was reported, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii confirmed that the threat of tsunamis had subsided.

Pictured above: Devastation caused by the earthquake in Taiwan. 

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