A magnitude 6.4 earthquake just struck Taiwan

Guests evacuate a hotel in Taiwan.
(Image credit: YANG JEN-FU/AFP/Getty Images)

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck near the Taiwanese city of Hualien just before midnight local time, leaving at least two dead and more than 100 injured, AFP reports. There are also widespread reports of structural damage, BBC News reports; emergency crews reportedly worked to rescue people from a hotel that collapsed during the tremors.

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The earthquake was shallow, which usually causes more damage than deeper quakes, USA Today reports.

By odd coincidence, on this same day in 2016 there was also a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan. In that earthquake, 18 people were killed and more than 500 injured. Jeva Lange

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