Strong natural disaster rocks eastern coast of Taiwan

CWB map of earthquake

The ground floor of the Marshal Hotel in Hualien county caved in, causing the death of one employee.

Taiwan's government said three people were trapped inside.

No tsunami warning has been issued.

Taiwan's premier says 2 killed, 188 injured in a 6.4 magnitude quake striking east coast city of Hualien, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Rescue workers search the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong natural disaster struck the island.The Marshal Hotel is damaged after an quake hit Hualien on Taiiwan's east coast during the night of February 6, 2018.

The highway from Suao to Hualien was temporarily closed.

Officials had no numbers for missing people.

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Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen said rescuers from around the island were preparing to help. "We haven't seen any large enough here to record yet", John Bellini from the USGS told Gizmodo.

Lewis said she lives on the 12th floor of an apartment complex.

There had been at least 15 aftershocks following the quake, Taiwan's weather bureau said. "We are just waiting to go to bed".

According to Taiwan News, a swarm of earthquakes struck eastern Taiwan over the past several days. According to initial reports, heavy damage has been reported after the strong quake hit Taiwan coast.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it had received no requests for consular assistance following the quake.

A magnitude 6.1 quake struck nearby on Sunday.

The tremor struck at 23:50pm local time (3:50pm GMT) about 12 miles off the island's east coast.

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