Major earthquake off the coast of Taiwan. The event brought back memories of a severe earthquake almost 25 years ago.

The last time Taiwan was hit was in September 1999 by a magnitude 7.3 quake. At that time, more than 2,400 people died. Taiwan lies in an earthquake-prone zone on the boundary of the Eurasian plate and the Philippine Sea plate. In Japan, the tremor off Taiwan triggered a warning of a three-meter-high tsunami for nearby islands. Residents of the affected islands were called upon to seek safety.