Two people were killed and nearly 150 people were injured after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, leaving several people trapped under the rubble of toppled buildings, according to local reports and postings on social media.

Taiwan’s premier said at least 144 people were injured after the earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan, about 14 miles east-northeast of Hualian. The quake was reported around 11:50 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Preliminary information stated the quake was about six miles deep.

In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, Taiwanese people watching a building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, early Wednesday, Feb. 7 2018. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP)

A building was seen tilting on its side after a powerful earthquake near Taiwan’s coast.  (Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP)

Another 5.1 magnitude tremor was felt shortly after. 

Dramatic photos of damage after the quake showed Marshal Hotel in Hualien partially collapsed, according to the Taiwan Observer. Rescue teams were responding to the area and people were believed to be trapped in the hotel. 

In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, an building collapsed by earthquake at an early morning in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 7 2018. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Hualien County Fire Bureau/Source via AP)

Several buildings were left tilted on its side.  (Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP)

Another building called the Beautiful Life Hotel was also tilting. Several roads were extensively damaged.

It’s unclear if anyone was injured.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted Tuesday: “Major 6.4 earthquake in #Hualien. Armed forces & government agencies are responding. Relief measures are underway. Stay safe”

A series of earthquakes have struck off the coast of Taiwan in recent days. A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck in the area two days ago and another quake, measuring 5.3, hit the same area later that day, Reuters reported.

Tuesday’s earthquake also comes two years after another 6.4 magnitude quake struck southern Taiwan, killing 116 people.

Taiwan is located along the famed Pacific “Ring of Fire,” known for seismic activity from Alaska to Southeast Asia. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

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