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Scary visuals emerged from Taiwan after a strong 7.5 magnitude earthquake jolted the island nation on Wednesday morning. The epicentre of the quake, according to the Taiwan central weather administration, was located just off the coast of the eastern county of Hualien, in waters off the eastern coastline of Taiwan Island. 

The footage shared by users on social media showed toppled buildings, shaking skyscrapers, and jolting highways. Taiwanese television stations showed footage of buildings shaking off their foundation in the eastern city of Hualien. 

According to news agency AFP, two buildings near the epicentre have “collapsed”, said the Hualien fire department.

Immediately following the earthquake, a tsunami warning was issued by Japan for its southern islands of Miyakojima and Okinawa and Taipei also issued similar warning. The Philippines Seismology Agency also issued a warning for residents in coastal areas of several provinces and urged them to evacuate to higher ground.

While the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that tsunami warning “largely passed” after the quake, the main airport in Okinawa suspended flights after the tsunami warning, said the officials, reported AFP. 

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The tremors were felt as far as Shanghai and also in Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou and Ningde in China’s Fujian province. 

Taiwan’s central news agency said that quake was the biggest to hit the island nation since 1999 when a 7.6 magnitude tremor killed around 2,400 people.

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