Underground metro service has reportedly been temporarily suspended in Taipei as of 14:00 (local time) on Thursday, April 18, after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded in Hualien county. The quake hit at 13:01 approximately 11 km (7 mi) northwest of the city of Hualien at a depth of 19 km (12 mi). Buildings reportedly shook in Taipei, but no damages or injuries have been reported. Aftershocks are possible in the coming hours.
Travelers in Taipei are advised to anticipate transportation disruptions, plan alternative modes of transportation, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.
Individuals near the affected areas are advised to be prepared for aftershocks and to adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves from falling debris if indoors, to move away from windows, and not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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