An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck near the coast of Taiwan on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding more than 200 others, officials said.
The Marshal's ground floor in Hualien collapsed, causing death an employee. Another person died in a residential building, according to a fire and rescue service report.
The foundations of other buildings shifted and rescuers used stairs, ropes and cranes to secure the inhabitants.
Taiwan media reported another hotel called " Beautiful Life Hotel "became slanted. The media also posted photos showing cracked roads in several areas.
Bridges and several highways are closed pending checks after warping due to earthquake shocks. [as]