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Taiwan Struck by Strongest Earthquake in 25 Years

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New Delhi: Taiwan was rocked by its most powerful earthquake in a quarter of a century, as confirmed by the Seismology Center. The seismic event, measuring a magnitude of 7.2, sent tremors rippling across the island nation, triggering widespread concern and apprehension among residents.

Rescue and emergency workers block off a street where a building came off its foundation, the morning after a 6.4 magnitude quake hit the eastern Taiwanese city of Hualien, on Wednesday.

According to reports from the Seismology Center, the epicenter of the earthquake was located off the eastern coast of Taiwan. The quake struck at a depth of approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles), further intensifying its impact.

In the aftermath of the tremor, scenes of chaos and destruction unfolded in various parts of Taiwan. Photos and videos circulating on social media captured shattered windows, cracked pavements, and collapsed buildings, underscoring the severity of the seismic activity.

Authorities swiftly mobilized response teams to assess the damage and provide assistance to affected communities. However, with communication lines disrupted and transportation routes compromised, relief efforts faced significant challenges.

Fortunately, initial reports suggested that casualties were minimal, with no immediate reports of fatalities. Nevertheless, the full extent of the damage caused by the earthquake was yet to be determined, as rescue teams continued to survey affected areas.

The earthquake serves as a stark reminder of Taiwan’s vulnerability to seismic events, given its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region known for its frequent tectonic activity. As the nation grapples with the aftermath of this powerful quake, attention turns towards bolstering preparedness measures and enhancing resilience in the face of future seismic threats.

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