A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude quake, the government said.
The quake caused widespread damage when it struck about 11.50pm on Tuesday (4.50am Wednesday NZ time) about 21 kilometres northeast of Hualien, a city of 100,000 people on the island's east coast.
The national fire agency said at least four buildings had fallen or been damaged, with television footage showing roads strewn with rubble and cracks in highways.
Local media reported a number of buildings had toppled with around 30 people trapped in the collapsed hotel.
Some 88 soldiers were helping the local fire service respond at the hotel, and another 250 were on standby to help.
On Feb. 4, a 6.1-magnitude natural disaster struck around the same area, hitting at a depth of 4.8 miles. A magnitude 6.1 natural disaster struck in the area two days ago and another quake, measuring 5.3, hit the same area later that day, Reuters reported.
Two bridges in Hualien City were damaged and sealed off from the public.
Premier William Lai said two people had died in the quake in the port city of Hualien and 114 were injured, some seriously. Taiwan is prone to earthquakes and has felt a few in recent days, including magnitude 5.3 and 6.1 quakes on Sunday.
The quake, at a depth of less than six miles, came two days after another strong temblor struck off Taiwan's east coast.
Some are still trapped inside of the half-collapsed hotel and are shining the torches on their phones so responders know they're there.
Earthquakes are a fairly common occurrence in Taiwan, which sits on the boundary of two tectonic plates - the Philippine Sea Plate to the East and the Eurasian Plate.
There are now 80 New Zealanders registered on SafeTravel as being in Taiwan.