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Taiwan Quake Aftermath

At least nine people are dead and over 1,000 injured in Taiwan, while scores of people are trapped in rubble after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the island's eastern coast Wednesday morning local time. The casualties are expected to rise as rescue efforts continue. The earthquake is the strongest to hit Taiwan since 1999 when a 7.7 magnitude quake killed roughly 2,400 people.

The earthquake was centered off the coast of the mountainous Hualien County, which lies about 100 miles south of the capital of Taipei. It toppled or swayed buildings, triggered landslides, and caused power outages across the region. The quake was followed by subsequent aftershocks of up to 6.4 magnitude and set off a tsunami of about 1 foot (see 101). At least 70 people were confirmed safe after being stranded in mines near Hualien. View photos and videos of the damage here

Taiwan sits on the "Ring of Fire"—a set of tectonic boundaries that encircle the Pacific basin and are home to roughly 75% of the world's volcanoes and 90% of earthquakes. 

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