Taiwan is currently experiencing high seismic activity. On February 4, 2018, a M6.1 earthquake hit the island, causing 80 aftershocks, which resulted in another powerful and shallow M6.4 earthquake Tuesday afternoon, January 6, 2018 in Hualien, causing a hotel to collapse. This is the second dangerous quake to hit Taiwan within 48 hours. A series of aftershocks is currently shaking the same area, with M5.1, M5.2 , M5.3, M5.4 earthquakes rumbling a few hours later. The earthquake partially or completely destroyed several buildings, damaged bridges, roads and sidewalks. It is unknown when the seismic unrest will stop. There has been no confirmation of casualties so far and no tsunami warnings have been issued.
The M6.4 earthquake hit the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 6 at around 23.50 local time. The epicenter of the quake was reportedly just 10 km deep, some 22km east-northeast of Hualien.
A hotel in Hualien – the Marshal Hotel – has collapsed following the earthquake. At least 17 people were blocked inside. Online pictures show the first floor of the hotel severely damaged, with parts of the building crumbling onto the sidewalk. Terrified guests began to run out into the street screaming out loud. Rescue teams have been deployed to the scene.