Taiwan prepares for massive typhoon, hours after earthquake

A powerful typhoon is expected to affect Taiwan's northern region later on Thursday, weather forecasters warning risks of landslides and high seas hours after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the island.

Fishing boats could be seen tied together in preparation at a fishing port near the eastern city of Yilan, while warnings not to come close to the water had been put up at local beaches.

Typhoon Lekima, categorised as a super typhoon, was moving across the ocean in a north-north-westerly direction at 15km/h, weather officials said, adding that it was packing maximum winds of 227km/h as it approached Taiwan.

The bureau issued wind and rain warnings for greater Taipei, the northern port city of Keelung and other northern counties. It also put out a warning to seafarers off the south and east coasts.

Lekima is expected proceed to China, heading towards Shanghai over the weekend.


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