Taiwan earthquake latest: Aftershocks jolt island as nine dead and 1,000 injured

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Taiwanese TV presenters rocked by earthquake during live broadcast

At least 50 people remained missing after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s east coast, killing nine people and injuring more than 1,000 others.

Tremors set off at least nine landslides and debris collapsed hillsides onto Suhua Highway in Hualien, which runs down the east coast.

Over 50 aftershocks since Wednesday morning have forced many people on the island to sleep in tents outside their houses or in emergency shelters.

According to Taiwan’s National Fire Agency (NFA), people are trapped in two road tunnels along the Suhua Highway- one of the most dangerous roads in Taiwan, straddling between the mountainside and ocean.

Rescue teams are working to get to those trapped, with CNN reporting that 75 people who were stranded in various tunnels had been rescued in the morning.

The earthquake – the strongest in 25 years in Taiwan – set off tsunami warnings on the island and across neighbouring countries, seismology officials said.

Meanwhile, a 6-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on Thursday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.


Rescuers search for people out of contact in Taiwan

Rescuers searched for dozens of people out of contact Thursday a day after Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in a quarter century damaged buildings, caused multiple rockslides and killed nine people.

In the eastern coastal city of Hualien near the epicenter, workers used an excavator to put construction materials around the base of a damaged building to stabilize it and prevent a collapse.

Mayor Hsu Chen-wei previously said 48 residential buildings were damaged. Some of the damaged buildings tilted at precarious angles with their ground floors crushed.

More than 1,000 people were injured in the quake that struck Wednesday morning. Of the nine dead, at least four were struck inside Taroko National Park, a tourist attraction famous for its scenes of canyons and cliffs in Hualien County, about 150km from the island’s capital Taipei.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar4 April 2024 07:30


‘Terrified’ residents forced to sleep in tents due to barrage of aftershocks

Several residents in Hualien City spent the night on Wednesday in tents or emergency shelters due to a series of nearly 50 aftershocks that continued to jolt the island following a powerful earthquake.

“I’m afraid of aftershocks, and I don’t know how bad the shaking will be,” a 52-year-old Hualien resident, who gave her family name as Yu, told Reuters.

“The aftershocks were terrifying. It’s non-stop. I do not dare to sleep in the house,” she said.

Relief efforts after Taiwan’s magnitude 7.4 earthquake


Tents donated by the Red Cross Society of Taiwan are set up at a primary-school-turned shelter


Alisha Rahaman Sarkar4 April 2024 07:00


In pics: Aftermath of powerful earthquake in Taiwan


Residents carrying their belongings walk out of a damaged building after entering it in small groups to collect their belongings



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Live: View of Taipei skyline after 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan

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Over 50 aftershocks force Taiwanese citizens to sleep in tents

More than 50 aftershocks since Wednesday morning forced many people in Taiwan to sleep in tents outside their houses or in emergency shelters.

Taiwan’s weather agency has warned citizens to brace for more aftershocks between magnitudes of 6.5 to 7 in the next three days.

“I’m afraid of aftershocks, and I don’t know how bad the shaking will be,” a 52-year-old Hualien resident, who gave her family name as Yu, told Reuters.

Hualien City mayor, Hsu Chen-Wei, said all residents and businesses in buildings that were in a dangerous state had been evacuated and that the demolition work was underway on four buildings.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar4 April 2024 06:02


Strong earthquake off the coast of Honshu in Japan

An earthquake of magnitude 6 struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on Thursday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.

The quake was recorded at a depth of 32km, just a day after a 7.4 earthquake rocked Taiwan, triggering tsunami warnings for Japan.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar4 April 2024 05:11


Taipei resident says she was brought to tears by the earthquake

A Taipei resident has said she was sleeping in her fifth-floor apartment when she was woken up by the violent shaking from the earthquake.

Hsien-hsuen Keng said: “Earthquakes are a common occurrence, and I’ve grown accustomed to them. But today was the first time I was scared to tears by an earthquake.

“I was awakened by the earthquake. I had never felt such intense shaking before,” she said.

She said she had witnessed such a powerful quake for the first time in her life “apart from earthquake drills in elementary school”.

Lin Jung, 36 who manages a sneaker shop in Hualien, recounted being at home, preparing to take his 16-month-old baby to a medical appointment when the earthquake hit.

Initially experiencing what seemed like minor tremors, he described how the seismic activity swiftly escalated into intense shaking.

A ceiling lamp’s glass cover fell and broke, prompting him to prioritise shielding his baby from harm amidst the chaos.

“All I could do was protect my baby.”


Mike Bedigan4 April 2024 05:00


Chinese aircraft surround Taiwan as island reels from powerful earthquake

Taiwan on Wednesday detected 30 Chinese aircraft and nine vessels around the island when it was hit by the strongest earthquake in over two decades.

At least 20 of the aircraft entered Taiwan’s northern, middle line and southwestern air defence identification zone, Taiwan’s defence ministry said.

“ROC (Republic of China) Armed Forces have monitored the situation and employed CAP aircraft, navy vessels, and coastal missile systems in response to the detected activities,” it said.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar4 April 2024 04:46


China offers disaster relief assistance to Taiwan

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said it was highly concerned with the earthquake that hit the island and was willing to provide disaster relief assistance, according to Chinese state media on Wednesday.

“Relevant parties in the mainland were highly concerned and express their sincere condolences to the Taiwan compatriots affected by the disaster,” China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian said.

However, offers of assistance are unlikely to be accepted, given the fraught relations between the island and the mainland.

China and Taiwan remain locked in a longstanding territorial dispute as Beijing lays claim on the island as its own despite not controlling the self-ruling democratic island.

The effects of the earthquake were felt on mainland China and as far away as Taiwanese-controlled islands off the coast of China, said Wu Chien-fu, the head of Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring bureau.

Mike Bedigan4 April 2024 04:30


Over 50 still missing a day after powerful earthquake

More than 50 people remained missing in Taiwan, a day after the island was jolted by a powerful 7.24 magnitude earthquake.

Taiwan’s fire department said the number of injuries had reached 1,038, putting the total number of missing at 52.

Around a dozen hotel workers on their way to a resort in Taroko National Park had been located, with 38 still listed as missing.

The fire department said its rescue work was focused on people trapped on the cross-island highway, which traverses the gorge connecting Hualien with Taiwan’s west coast and is a popular tourist destination.

Authorities are using drones and helicopters to look for people in the gorge and will drop supplies to them when they are found.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar4 April 2024 04:26

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