Magnitude-6.4 earthquake strikes near Taiwan's coast

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Magnitude-6.4 earthquake strikes near Taiwan's coast

Postby deja vu on Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:09 pm

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, and people may be trapped inside a building.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck late Tuesday about 21 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of Hualien, on the island’s east coast.

Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported that the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel, a building in Hualien district, had caved in and people were believed to be trapped inside. The agency posted photos showing a road fractured in several parts.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/magnitude- ... -1.3791773

Our prayers to all those affected by this.

Does anyone know if the building codes are up to handling a major quake?
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Re: Magnitude-6.4 earthquake strikes near Taiwan's coast

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:53 pm

Taiwan had a quake last year with a similar situation-some older buildings between standing ones did collapse and the same scenario-people possibly trapped or dead in crumpled buildings. I did find a link that time that newer buildings have a better building code but older ones were really flimsy builds.
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