Today a 5.7 quake has hit the east coast of the island, disrupting search and rescue efforts for survivors of yesterday’s 6.4 Taiwan earthquake.
As many as 60 people are still missing after a number of buildings collapsed or tilted over in the resort town.
Today’s quake has once again caused panic on the heavily-populated Asian island.
It is the strongest of several after-shocks to have rocked Taiwan in the 24 hours following yesterday’s strong quake.
Testimonies have been left on earthquake monitoring website EMSC-CSEM by witnesses.
One said: “It seems unusual to have this many strong tremors in such a short time.”
Another said: “Feel dizzy, it lasted for almost one minute.”
The earthquake stuck at 11.21pm local time (3.21pm GMT).
Yang His Hua, a volunteer rescuer said: “We’ve never had anything like this, we’ve never had a building topple over. Also, it was constantly shaking, so everyone was really scared, we ran to empty open spaces to avoid it.
“This is the worst earthquake in the history of Hualien, or at least over the past 40 years that I’ve been alive.”
Many of the missing were believed to be still trapped inside buildings, some of which were tilting precariously, after the quake hit about 14 miles northeast of Hualien on Taiwan’s east coast.
At the city’s Marshal Hotel, rescuers trying to free two trapped Taiwanese pulled out one alive, but the other person was declared dead, the government said.
Among the injured were mainland Chinese, Czech, Japanese, Singaporean and South Korean nationals.