Taiwan’s east coast rocked by 95 earthquakes overnight: largest magnitude 6.3

Work and classes are suspended in Hualien County today after 95 earthquakes occurred between midnight and 7:30 a.m., keeping many residents awake all night, and leaving two buildings tilting dangerously.

According to the Central Weather Administration, more than 1,000 aftershocks have occurred since a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the area on April 3. Of the 95 earthquakes that occurred this morning, two earthquakes of 6.0 magnitude or greater occurred just five minutes apart at around 2:30 a.m.

The Fukai Hotel on Zhongshan Road, and the Commander Building, on Mingli Road are tilting dangerously. Both buildings were already damaged by the April 4 quake, and the buildings were unoccupied. No casualties have been reported.

The Central Weather Administration held a rare emergency press conference at 4:00 am this morning, explaining that the earthquakes are aftershocks of the original 0403 quake, and warning people not to venture into mountainous areas due to the danger of landslides and rockfalls.

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