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Tsunami alert issued after major quake strikes off Taiwan

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A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s southeastern coast on Sunday prompting a tsunami warning.

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The quake hit at 2:44pm (06:44 GMT) about 50km (30 miles) north of the city of Taitung at a depth of 10 kilometres, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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A two-story residential building collapsed near the epicentre, according to a Taiwanese media report 

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The shaking was felt at the north end of the island in the capital, Taipei 

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A 6.6 magnitude quake hit the same region on Saturday and there have been multiple tremors since with Sunday’s the strongest by far

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Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory to remote islands near Taiwan 

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Waves as high as 1 metre (3 feet) were expected to arrive around 4:10pm (07:00 GMT) 

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The islands are about 2,000km (1,200 miles) southwest of Tokyo. Weather officials urged residents in those areas to stay away from the coastline. 

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Taiwan is regularly hit by earthquakes as the island lies near the junction of two tectonic plates 

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