A series of powerful earthquakes, the strongest of which measured 7.4 on the Richter scale, shook the island of Taiwan, causing damage to buildings and other infrastructure and prompting tsunami warnings to be issued over Taiwanese territory and the Japanese islands of Okinawa. and the Philippines. The first quake was followed by five aftershocks – one of 6.5, two of 5.7, one of 5.5 and one of 5.2 – all in Hualian County, in the east of the island. , and were felt across the island, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and confirmed by Taipei Mayor Chiang Wanan, who declared the city’s disaster response center level two.

“The city’s disaster response center has been upgraded to level two, public works, industrial barracks and fire departments have deployed personnel, and emergency response teams have been established within each unit, and investigations, reporting and rescue began immediately,” the mayor said. . Likewise, he asked citizens to be careful and attentive to possible new aftershocks, according to a statement published on his Facebook social network account. The tremor could also be felt on the Japanese islands of Okinawa with a strength of four degrees, and Japanese authorities have already issued a tsunami alert, expected to arrive at 10:00 a.m. (local time) with a height of up to three degrees. meters, according to the Kyodo News news agency. For its part, the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) also issued a tsunami alert in the regions of Batanes, Cagayan, Llocos Norte and Isabela, recommending immediate evacuation to the highest altitude areas of the territory.

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