Rescue workers continue to search through crumbled buildings in Hualien, Taiwan City where over 70 people are still unccounted for after the quake's epicenter ruptured about 20 km northeast of the city.
Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau says there have been 130 aftershocks in the past 24 hours, keeping residents on edge. Approximately 265 people were injured from the quake that, according to witnesses, "got really terrifying" and intense.
The quake has cuased several landslides in the area and closed major highways and bridges temporarily in Hualien County. Electricity and water were also unavailable in thousands of homes today in the region.
The head of Hualien County, Fu Kun-Chi, says this is the most severe earthquake to hit the region in 50 years. Four buildings have collapsed.
Three quake victims were from mainland China. The Chinese government has pledged to help the city recover.