A Chinese earthquake struck Taiwan’s capital and caused a tsunami that killed at least 1,200 people and killed dozens of others, officials said Friday.
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated as the city of more than 4 million in southwest China’s Jiangsu province erupted.
More than 200 people were injured, according to officials, and the number of people dead could rise as rescuers are still searching for survivors.
Officials say the quake occurred at about 3:45 p.m. local time (1745 GMT) and hit the eastern shore of Taiwan, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the mainland.
Tsunami waves reached 5 feet (1 meter) high, and were reported at times of higher pressure, said Wang Shiquan, a meteorologist with the Meteorological Administration of China.
The quake was felt in China’s northeastern Yunnan province, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) to the southwest.
The country has been battered by several aftershocks in recent months.
The biggest of them occurred in October and November 2011, when a magnitude 7.8 quake struck in the capital, Beijing, and caused dozens of deaths.
Tianjin has seen more than 1,400 aftershock events since then, according the government.
China has been developing an active earthquake monitoring network to monitor aftersharks.
The government also said the quake was not a natural disaster.