Unexpected 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

by ian

A major earthquake has struck Taiwan.

The AP reports that the 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the nation at 8 this morning, killing nine people and trapping 70 workers in rock quarries. Several others escaped through the windows of damaged buildings.

The epicenter was just off the coast in a rural mountainous region with the shocks extending 93 miles to Taipei, the capital. The capital city only suffered minor damage, but schools and workplaces were evacuated.

Officials said they weren’t expecting a major quake today, so they didn’t send out alerts to the public. Normally, Taiwan is one of the most prepared nations for earthquakes because of their frequency in the nation.