An quake of magnitude 6.1 struck Taiwan's coastal city of Hualien at 1.01pm local time on Thursday, April 18, 2019.
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The MRT service between Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was also suspended for safety inspections and was resumed at 1.45pm.
The depth was around six miles, according to the United States Geological Survey, while Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau put it at nearly 12 miles, a distance that would lessen the likelihood of damage. TV news showed at least one landslide in a lightly populated area.
An official at the Hualien county fire department told AFP that two people, including a male Malaysian tourist, were injured by falling rocks and that the department was planning to send in medics by helicopter. The citys subway system suspended service.
At the leaning building in downtown Taipei, area resident Ayumi Lin said the force of the temblor was felt strongly.
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Levies and other law enforcement personnel later secured the spot and launched an investigation into the incident. He also prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls and forbearance of the bereaved families.
A person livestreaming from the Hualien train station on Twitter said, "everything just started shaking really bad", but added that he has not seen any ambulances.
The owner of a travel agency in the adjacent building, who gave only his surname, Huang, said all his employees had evacuated safely from their 7th floor office. No one was hurt, Huang said.
A building on Chang An East Road was found to have tilted, leading to the evacuation of more than 30 people to a nearby park.
People in Chinese cities close to the Taiwan Strait dividing the island from mainland China reported on social media that they felt the quake. Two years earlier, an apartment building in the southwestern city of Tainan collapsed in an quake, killing 115 people.
Hualien was struck by a 6.4-magnitude quake past year that killed 17 people.
Shortly after the quake, Premier Su Tseng-chang sirected the establishment of the Central Disaster Response Center, according to Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka. Shaking was felt in the capital Taipei.