Nine dead and dozens trapped after Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in 25 years

An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck the east coast of Taiwan on Wednesday morning, resulting in at least nine deaths and over 900 injuries. The quake, the strongest in 25 years, caused buildings to collapse, power outages, landslides and triggered tsunami warnings in southern Japan and the Philippines.

The earthquake hit southwest of Hualien City at 7:58 a.m. local time and was followed by powerful aftershocks that rocked the island. It occurred 21 miles below the surface, leaving 77 people trapped in tunnels and under collapsed buildings. President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed disaster response efforts were underway.

Despite the severity of the earthquake, Taiwan’s buildings are designed to withstand strong tremors and its population is well-prepared for such disasters due to its location along the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire,” which makes it prone to frequent earthquakes due to the interaction of various tectonic plates.

The Philippine Sea plate meets with several other plates including Eurasian, North American, Cocos, Philippine Sea and Nazca plates causing friction that accumulates energy and releases it in the form of earthquakes. In Taiwan, reverse faults occur as a result of this interaction between these two plates causing one plate to rise above the other. Since 1980 over 2,000 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 or higher have been recorded on this island making it very vulnerable to such natural calamities but also resilient enough to cope with them effectively thanks to its infrastructure design and people’s preparedness level

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