Strongest earthquake in 25 years hits Taiwan, setting off tsunami alerts

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off Taiwan’s east coast on Wednesday, setting off tsunami warnings on the island and its neighbouring countries.

The epicentre is located about 18km (11mi) south of Taiwan’s Hualien city, according to the US Geological Survey.

This is Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in 25 years, authorities said.

Tsunami waves of up to 3m were expected to reach large areas of Japan’s southwestern coast, said the Japan Meteorological Agency. 

The Philippines’ seismology agency has also issued a tsunami warning.