Trains derail, stores collapse as 7.2 mag earthquake hits Taiwan

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Taiwan earthquake

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the sparsely populated southeastern part of Taiwan on Sunday followed by 50 aftershocks

Taiwan earthquake

The US Geological Survey measured Sunday's quake at a magnitude 7.2 and at a depth of 10 km (six miles)

Taiwan earthquake

Taiwan's fire department said one person had died and 146 were injured by the quake

Taiwan earthquake

The Taiwan Railways Administration said six carriages came off the rails at Dongli station in eastern Taiwan after part of the platform canopy collapsed

Taiwan earthquake

More than 600 people were trapped on the scenic Chike and Liushishi mountain areas by blocked roads, though there were no injuries and rescuers were working to reopen the roads

Taiwan earthquake

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes