Taiwan has been struck by its most powerful earthquake in 25 years.

The quake which measured 7.4 in magnitude have claimed at least seven people with rescuers searching for 77 others trapped in collapsed buildings.

Five of the dead – including three hikers on a nearby trail – died from falling rocks.

The epicentre of the earthquake is located about 11 miles south of Taiwan’s Hualien city.

The tremors were felt as far as the capital Taipei, with videos showing buildings shaking violently

The quake initially set off tsunami warnings on the island and neighbouring countries, some of which have since been retracted