Strong earthquake hits southeastern Taiwan, tsunami warning issued


TAIPEI, Sept 18 (Reuters): A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the sparsely populated southeastern part of Taiwan on Sunday, according to the island’s weather bureau, sparking a tsunami warning.
The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a magnitude of 7.2 and a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles).
Taiwan media said a low-rise building housing a convenience store collapsed, while at least one train carriage was de-railed at a station on the east coast.

It was unclear if there were any casualties.
The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning in Taiwan after the tremor. It said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 300 km (190 miles) of the epicenter along the coasts of Taiwan.
Japan’s weather agency issued a warning for tsunami waves of 1 meter for part of Okinawa prefecture following the earthquake.

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