Taiwan suffers 2nd strongest earthquake in days

BEIJING — A powerful earthquake rocked Taiwan on Sunday as a series of aftershocks struck the self-governing island off China’s east coast.

Friday’s quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles) near the city of Taitung on the southeast coast, Taiwanese authorities reported.

A two-story residential building collapsed near the epicenter, according to Taiwanese media reports. Shaking was felt at the northern end of the island in the capital Taipei.

After the earthquake in Taiwan, the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a warning of a tsunami up to 1 meter (3 feet) high to hit several southern Japanese islands. Weather officials urged residents in those areas to stay away from the coastline.

The agency said the earliest waves could reach Yonaguni Island, Japan’s westernmost island, about 250 kilometers (150 miles) northeast of Taitung, at 4:10 p.m. (0710 GMT) and after there are three nearby islands.

A 6.4 earthquake struck Taiwan on Saturday night in an area north of Taitung county, which has suffered several aftershocks since.

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