'Hundreds trapped' as Taiwan earthquake triggers building collapse

The earthquake was 6.4 magnitude Credit: Bing Maps

A powerful earthquake has triggered at least one building collapse in Taiwan, reportedly trapping hundreds of people inside.

It came as a 6.4 magnitude quake shook the southern part of the country late on Friday, including the city of Tainan which has a population of over two million people.

Pictures started to emerged on social media after the earthquake purporting to show the aftermath of the tremor, with one building leaning to one side with a pile of rubble beneath it.

News outlet People's Daily China also shared a video online of firefighters making their way through a river of water next to a collapsed building shortly after the earthquake.

Watch the video here.

According to local media 30 people were rescued from a seven-storey building in Tainan and no fatalities have yet been reported.