A magnitude-6.4 natural disaster has struck near the coastal city of Hualien in Taiwan, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says, leaving two people dead, more than 100 injured and causing buildings including a hotel to collapse.
The Hualien Armed Forces General Hospital, which is located next to the hotel, has also reportedly been damaged.
The natural disaster hit the east coast of Taiwan, about 14 miles east-northeast of Hualian, around 11:50 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. 88 soldiers, to assist the fire department out there and the local media are reporting that there might be many people trapped in this hotel.
Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong quake struck the island.
Another building had also collapsed in Hualien but it was not clear whether any people had been trapped there.
A series of earthquakes have struck off the coast of Taiwan in recent days.
Rescuers save a dog from inside a damaged hotel after an earthquake hit Hualien Taiwan
With a quake of this size there's always the potential for aftershocks.
Two bridges in Hualien City have been damaged and sealed off, including the Qixingtian Bridge.
One building, the Tongshuai Hotel, was seen crumbling into the ground.
The island of Taiwan sits near a junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes.
Several lower magnitude tremors followed the main quake.
The quake happened on the second anniversary of a 6.4 magnitude tremor that killed 116 people.