Another hotel, identified as the Beautiful Life, was left listing like a half-fallen tree. Rescuers gathered around the building and shone flashlights into the overhanging windows. Taiwanese officials sent updates on casualties throughout the night: at least two dead and more than 200 injured, according to the Associated Press.
“We can see lights inside the hotel,” a witness told BBC News.
Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen, tweeted that the armed forces and government agencies were responding. “Stay safe,” she said.
The quake followed days of smaller ones throughout the island, according to the BBC, and struck exactly two years after a quake of nearly the same magnitude hit the island and killed more than 100 people.
At least seven buildings partially collapsed, and the city's hospital was damaged, according to the New York Times. But the worst of the damage seemed contained to the city of 110,000 people.
In the capital of Taipei, on the island's north side, children slept through the quake, CNN reported.
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