A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has killed at least four people and left about 60 more missing in Taiwan.

The strong quake, which hit near the Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight, just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, also injured 243 people, officials said.Hualien Mayor, Fu Kun-chi said the number of people missing was now close to 60.

As many as 150 were initially feared missing.

Many of the missing are believed to be still trapped inside buildings, some of which are tilting precariously, after the quake hit about 22 km northeast of Hualien on Taiwan’s east coast.