A 6.4-magnitude natural disaster strikes off Taiwan's coast

Taiwan earthquake

Previously, a massive tragedy has struck Iran-Iraq region in November 2017 when devastating 7.3-magnitude natural disaster had hit Iran in a region bordering Iraq.

Four buildings have collapsed and one bridge has been damaged, Taiwan's National Fire Agency told ABC News.

On Feb. 4, a 6.1-magnitude quake struck around the same area, hitting at a depth of 4.8 miles. One building was partially collapsed and tipped over at an angle, trapping multiple people inside.

The hotel that collapsed is located in the coastal city of Hualien. The epicentre of the quake was believed to be in Hualien County, according to reports.

Authorities said some people remained trapped but were unable to give an overall figure.

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Rescure workers search the damaged Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, early February 7, 2018, after a strong natural disaster struck the island. "Then it sunk and tilted further and the fourth floor became the first floor", said Lu Chih-son, 35, adding he saw 20 people rescued from the building.

Officials from Hualien fire department said 149 people had been rescued from damaged buildings.

"Straightaway we saw the roads with all the cracks".

"We live in Wellington and we have experience a few but this is definitely so much bigger", she said.

Clarke said everyone in the hostel is out and there have been a couple of aftershocks.

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Buildings have been toppled in the city of Hualien, according to local media reports.

On Sunday, five shallow tremors struck within two hours of each other in the same area off Taiwan's east coast.

There are now 80 New Zealanders registered on SafeTravel as being in Taiwan.

The falling boulders were caused by a 5.8-magniute quake that hit the island's coast on Sunday.

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