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The Japan Meteorological Agency warns of more earthquakes

The earthquake in Taiwan

An official from the Japan Meteorological Agency has announced that more earthquakes are likely in the area in the coming days, following the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Taiwan on Wednesday.

Taiwan's earthquake monitoring agency gave the earthquake a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale, while the United States of America estimated it at 7.4, the Associated Press news agency reports.

At least four people have died as a result of the earthquake in Hualien, Taiwan, and at least 57 others have been injured.

Tremors were also felt in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Japan Meteorological Agency spokesman Shigeki Aoki has warned that the chance of similar earthquakes occurring after major earthquakes is between 10 and 20%.