The island of Taiwan 90 miles off the east coast of mainland China has been directly hit by a major earthquake measuring Magnitude 6.1.  The ENTIRE Island was hit by the shaking.  Many buildings are reported to have collapsed.  Many people are reported trapped under debris.  This is a major disaster in a major, densely populated area.


 UPDATE 9:30 AM EST --

The quake struck at an extremely shallow depth of only 7.8km (about 5 miles beneath surface) and was felt over the ENTIRE island of Taiwan.

According tot he US Geological Survey, the quake registered as a "7" on the Mercali Modified Shake-Scale, meaning the "perceived shaking" was "very strong."


Details coming-in. Check back for updates.