SOUTHERN Taiwan has been rocked by a massive earthquake that was felt by 33 million people.
The 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Taitung City in the afternoon, according to local reports.
Tremors were felt over a distance of 700km.
EMSC, an independent scientific organisation, wrote on its Twitter page: “Today an earthquake hit Taitung City (Chinese Taipei) at 14:44:17 local time (UTC 06:44:17).
“Shaking was felt over 700km by approximately 33M people in Taiwan, Province of China and Taiwan.”
They added: “Aftershocks may occur in the next hours/days. Unless it is necessary, stay away from damaged areas for your safety.
“Be careful and follow national authorities’ information.”
Eyewitnesses said the tremors were “strong and violent”.
More to follow….