At least 9 killed, buildings damaged after magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes northeastern Taiwan

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck 21 km (13 miles) north-northeast of Hualien, Taiwan, Tuesday night, the United States Geological Survey reported.Damage was reported to buildings and roads in Hualien, according to local media outlets. Images showed the city’s Marshal Hotel toppled over. People were reportedly trapped inside, the Associated Press reported.Focus Taiwan has reported that the military is conducting search and rescue missions. Nine people have been killed and over 250 injured. Over 50 people are yet unaccounted for.taiwan earthquakeA residential building leans on a collapsed first floor following an earthquake, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Hualien, southern Taiwan. (Central News Agency via AP)The force of the tremor buckled roads, cut electricity and disrupted water supplies to thousands of households, the fire agency said.Bridges and some roadways remain closed until inspections prove they are safe for travel.Local airports and rail services were fully operational on Wednesday.taiwan earthquake 2/6/2018In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, rescuers are seen entering an building that collapsed onto its side from an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 7 2018. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP)Over 100 aftershocks have been reported in the wake of the quake, including a magnitude 5.7 earthquake that occurred around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday about 19 km (11 miles) northeast of Hualian. 二樓變一樓]]>?