Earthquake rocks Taiwan, derails train and damages buildings

TAIPEI — A powerful earthquake hit southeast Taiwan and rippled across the island on Sunday, damaging buildings, derailing a train and sparking tsunami fears.

At least one death and a few dozen injuries have been reported. The 6.8-magnitude quake hit at 2:44 p.m. local time, according to Taiwan’s Central Meteorological Bureau, which identified the epicenter as being on Taiwan’s relatively sparse southeast coast around Taitung County. The quake followed several others that started the day before, including a magnitude 6.4 quake the night before.


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