BEIJING (AP) — A powerful earthquake rocked Taiwan on Sunday as a series of aftershocks hit the self-governing island off China’s east coast.
The 6.8 quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles) near the city of Taitung on the southeast coast, Taiwanese authorities said.
A two-story residential building collapsed near the epicenter, according to a Taiwanese media report. The tremor was felt on the northern tip of the island in the capital Taipei.
Following the earthquake in Taiwan, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning of up to 1 meter (3 feet) in height that would reach several islands in southern Japan.
The agency said the first waves could reach Yonaguni Island, Japan’s westernmost island about 110 kilometers (70 miles) east of Taiwan, around 4:10 p.m. (0710 GMT) and later at three nearby islands. The islands are about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) southwest of Tokyo. Weather officials urged residents of those areas to stay away from the coast.
Taiwan’s Taitung County was hit by a 6.4 earthquake on Saturday night and has been rocked by numerous aftershocks since then.
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