Dozens trapped in hotel as 6.4 magnitude natural disaster strikes off Taiwan's coast

Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel

The agency also posted photos showing a road fractured in several parts.

There are fears for people's safety after the 6.4 magnitude quake.

Hualien is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist hubs as it lies on the picturesque east coast rail line and is near to popular Taroko Gorge.

But the quake took down a multi-story building and an official from the Ministry of Interior's fire station division told Reuters that people were trapped.

The Central News Agency reported that the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel in Hualien county had caved in, causing the deaths of the two employees. Another person died in a residential building, the national fire and rescue service reported.

Maggie Lewis, an American visiting scholar living in Taipei which is two hours away from the epicenter in Hualien City, said people there felt a minor shock. "I wouldn't be surprised for there to be a number of aftershocks in the next couple of days". "We are just waiting to go to bed".

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"The quake is so big".

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 13 miles north-northeast of Hualien, a city of more than 100,000 on Taiwan's east coast.

The tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) about 20km (12 miles) off the island's east coast.

Since February 4, about 100 sensible earthquakes have jolted the area.

A damaged building is seen after an quake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018.

The island's worst tremor in recent decades was a 7.6-magnitude quake in September 1999 that killed around 2,400 people.

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