Nine dead and dozens trapped after Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in 25 years

A powerful earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan on Wednesday morning, resulting in at least nine deaths and over 900 injuries. The quake, the strongest in 25 years, caused buildings to collapse, power outages, landslides, and triggered tsunami warnings in southern Japan and the Philippines.

Taiwanese officials reported the quake as a magnitude 7.2, while the USGS recorded a magnitude of 7.4. The earthquake struck southwest of Hualien City at 7:58 a.m. local time and was followed by powerful aftershocks that rocked the island. Despite the severity of the earthquake, Taiwan’s buildings are designed to withstand strong tremors, and its population is well-prepared for such disasters.

The island’s location along the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire” makes it prone to frequent earthquakes due to the interaction of various tectonic plates. The Philippine Sea plate meets with several other plates, including the Eurasian, North American, Cocos, Philippine Sea, and Nazca plates, creating friction that accumulates energy and releases it in the form of earthquakes. In Taiwan

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