Rescue teams rush to help victims of earthquake that killed at least 9 in Taiwan | World

Rescue teams rush to help victims of earthquake that killed at least 9 in Taiwan | World
Rescue teams rush to help victims of earthquake that killed at least 9 in Taiwan | World
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More than 900 people were injured — and rescue teams are trying to help around 77 who are “trapped” in collapsed buildings and tunnels around the city. It’s the seismic shock strongest that the Asian country has suffered in 25 years.

“The earthquake occurred close to the surface, at shallow depth. It was felt all over Taiwan, and on the coastal islands… It’s the strongest in 25 years,” said Wu Chien Fu, director of the Taipei Seismology Center.

In September 1999, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan, killing 2,400 people and destroying 5,000 buildings.

Hualien, 18 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake, is located on the east coast of Taiwan in a vast mountainous region.

As the main roads and railway lines connecting Hualien to the rest of Taiwan are now down, rescuers will likely have to enter the region by air.

The city has a population of around 300 thousand inhabitants — and is close to Taroko National Park, a popular tourist destination. On one of the trails around the park, five victims (three hikers and two drivers), who died as a result of a rockslide.

One person died in a Taiwan National Cement Company quarry, while a construction worker was killed on a nearby road.

This Wednesday’s earthquake occurred at 7:58 am (local time), at a depth of 15.5 kilometers — and triggered at least nine aftershocks of magnitude 4 or greater.

Images arriving from Taiwan show destroyed residential buildings, landslides — and people being evacuated from homes and schools. The impact of the earthquake also destroyed vehicles and knocked over items inside stores, according to videos broadcast by local broadcaster TVBS.

were registered cases of power outages and internet connection drops across the islandaccording to monitoring group NetBlocks.

1 of 2 The most important tunnel in the region, which runs through the Qingshui cliff on the coast of Hualien, collapsed after the earthquake. —Photo: Taiwan Current News via BBC
The region’s most important tunnel, which runs through the Qingshui cliff on the coast of Hualien, collapsed after the earthquake. —Photo: Taiwan Current News via BBC

Taiwanese chip manufacturing company TSMC said it had evacuated employees from its factories in Hsinchu and southern Taiwan for staff safety, but added that its security systems were operating normally.

TSMC is a major producer of semiconductors for technology companies including Apple and Nvidia. Apple supplier Foxconn did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.

2 of 2 Several buildings collapsed due to the strong tremor. — Photo: TVBS via BBC
Several buildings collapsed due to the strong tremor. — Photo: TVBS via BBC

Taiwan authorities had issued a tsunami warning for the island’s coastal regions — as did neighboring Japan, where authorities announced that waves of up to 3 meters were expected on the country’s southwest coast.

Japan’s meteorological agency later downgraded the warning but asked residents to remain “vigilant for aftershocks of similar intensity” for about a week.

The Philippines’ seismological agency also issued a tsunami warning shortly after the earthquake, urging residents to head to higher ground — which was eventually cancelled.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in an update about two hours later that the threat “had passed.” The Chinese state press stated, in turn, that tremors were felt in parts of Fujian province, in the southeast of the country.

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