Transportation disruptions are being reported in Taipei as of 17:00 (local time) on Thursday, April 18, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake was recorded in Hualien county, earlier in the day. The underground metro service has been temporarily suspended, along with the high-speed rail service between Taipei and the neighbouring city of Taoyuan. According to the Central News Agency, minor power cuts were also reported in some districts of the capital. Schools and some buildings have also been evacuated. Aftershocks and lingering disruptions 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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