On Feb. 6, 2018 at 11:50 PM Taiwan experienced another massive earthquake the largest in a series of earthquakes hitting Taiwan in the last few days. A building in Hualien has collapsed with photos emerging on social media right after the quake. The building is a hotel called Marshal Hotel (統帥大飯店). At this time it is unclear how many people were staying at the hotel when it collapsed. Rescue teams are currently responding to the situation.
Other images of damage was posted on Taiwan Observer’s Facebook post show damage to the Hualien Armed Forces General Hospital (花蓮國軍醫院) winch had part of the ceiling collapse. The hospital is next to to another building that has also collapsed. The Beautiful Life hotel building is teetering very close to the edge of total collapse.
Power outages have also effected the area after the quake, around 700 properties are currently without service.
Hualien Bridge, Chishingtan Bridge, and the Su-Hua highway have been reported closed due to damage by local media outlets.
Here is a live video of the rescue operation underway now at the Beautiful Life Hotel building:
Live TV coverage of the situation.