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A powerful earthquake shakes Taiwan, causing buildings to collapse and leading to a tsunami

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A powerful earthquake shook the entire island of Taiwan early Wednesday, causing buildings to collapse in a southern city and generating a tsunami that washed ashore on southern Japanese islands.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A strong earthquake shook the entire island of Taiwan on Wednesday, causing buildings to collapse in a southern city and triggering a tsunami that reached southern Japanese islands.

Television footage showed buildings in the eastern city of Hualien being violently shaken. Train and subway services were suspended across the island. The earthquake hit at 7:58 a.m. on the opposite side of the island from the capital but was strong enough to dislodge items from shelves in the city.

Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency reported the magnitude as 7.2, while the U.S. Geological Survey measured it at 7.5. The depth was approximately 21 miles.

The Japan Meteorological Agency predicted a tsunami of up to 9.8 feet for the southern Japanese island group of Okinawa. A 1-foot wave was observed on the coast of Yonaguni island about 15 minutes after the quake. JAMA stated that waves likely struck the coasts of Miyako and Yaeyama islands as well.

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