Powerful earthquake hits eastern Taiwan, Japan issues tsunami warning

Powerful earthquake hits eastern Taiwan, Japan issues alert tsunami

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A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Taiwan on Sunday, according to the United States Institute of Geological Studies (USGC) leading Japan to issue a tsunami warning.  

The epicenter of the earthquake, which occurred shortly after 2:44 p.m. local time (06:44 GMT), was located about 50 km north of the city of Taitung, at a depth of 10 km, the USGC said. 

The day before, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the same area and several tremors followed. Sunday's, however, is by far the strongest.  

The Japanese Meteorological Agency has issued a tsunami warning for the islands not far from Taiwan. Waves up to a meter high are expected around 4 p.m. (0700 GMT), she said. the junction between two tectonic plates.