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A 6.4-magnitude quake on the east coast of Taiwan has left two dead and more than 200 injured, the government said, after buildings crumbled and trapped people inside.

Its focus was about 20 kilometers north-northeast of Hualien County, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The Marshal Hotel on Gongyuan Road in Hualien City suffered major subsidence to the extent that the fourth floor is now level with the first floor.

An employee at the Park City Hotel down the street told CNN that he felt the quake but there was no damage at his location.

The worst-hit Marshal Hotel partly crumpled into the ground, leaving it slanting on its side, as rescuers on cranes attempted to free people from its upper floors. The agency posted photos showing a road fractured in several parts.

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

She said there have been "quite a few" earthquakes within the past couple of days, and as soon as the quake hit they all ran from the building. Firefighters are continuing to deal with gas leaks and fires as a result of the quake. Another clip shows the damage caused inside a store.

On Feb. 4, a 6.1-magnitude quake struck around the same area, hitting at a depth of 4.8 miles.

The AP reported the 6.4 tremor followed one over the weekend off the coast of Hualien, which lies along the famed Ring of Fire known for seismic activity that circles the Pacific basin. "No injuries were reported at the time of publication", the Taiwan News reported.