7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

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(TAIWAN) — A powerful preliminary magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Taiwan just before 8:00 a.m. local time, with an epicenter near Hualien City.

It was followed by a preliminary magnitude 6.5 aftershock, also near Hualien City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A five-story house and another building in Hualien, Taiwan, collapsed because of the earthquake. A seven-decade-old low-rise house in Keelung, Taiwan, and at least one other building in Taipei is said to have falling debris.

The metro system and high-speed rail have been suspended.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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