After earthquake, Taiwan tries to rescue 70 miners and survivors trapped in tunnels and buildings | World

After earthquake, Taiwan tries to rescue 70 miners and survivors trapped in tunnels and buildings | World
After earthquake, Taiwan tries to rescue 70 miners and survivors trapped in tunnels and buildings | World
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In a mountainous area with the main roads and railway lines destroyed, Taiwanese rescue teams tried this Wednesday (3) to rescue hundreds of people who were trapped in tunnels, buildings and even quarries due to the strong earthquake that hit the country. .

Nine people died and 974 were injured as a result of the 7.4 magnitude tremor — the worst in the country in 25 years. This Wednesday, the Brazilian Embassy in Taiwan said that There are no Brazilians among the victims.

Among the people that teams were trying to locate and rescue this Wednesday were:

  • Around 70 miners working in two quarries in the Hualien region, the closest to the epicenter of the quake, were trapped between rocks;
  • 50 hotel employees and tourists who were on two buses at the time of the earthquake;
  • 70 people had been trapped in tunnels in the region — they were passing by by car when the roads partially collapsed;
  • Dozens of residents trapped in buildings that also partially collapsed.

The main challenge is the region’s very mountainous geography, combined with the fact that Hualien’s main roads and railway lines have been totally or partially destroyed, according to authorities.

Therefore, the The only way to get to the places is by air. This morning, a team managed to rescue a group of people who were trapped in a tunnel in the region.

Taiwan’s National Firefighting Agency said miners were stranded in quarries in the area at the quake’s epicenter.

According to the agency, 64 of their miners are in a quarry near a coal mine, and another six workers are in a different quarry, according to the agency. Authorities stated that work to rescue the miners had not yet begun.

On Wednesday morning local time (Tuesday night Brasília time), a strong 7.4 magnitude earthquake left nine dead and 946 injured in Taiwan. Tsunami risk warnings were issued for Japan and the Philippines, but were later withdrawn.

What is known so far:

  • This is the strongest earthquake recorded in Taiwan in the last 25 years.
  • According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, a 7.4 magnitude tremor was recorded off the east coast of Taiwan.
  • At least 26 buildings collapsed, more than half of them in the city of Hualien.
  • Authorities said 77 people were trapped in the rubble of properties damaged by the earthquake.
  • Another 50 people, most of them tourists, who were in four minibuses, are missing.
  • In Taipei, part of the city was left without power. A video shows frightened passengers inside a subway car.
  • After the tremor, tsunami warnings were issued for islands in Japan and the Philippines and canceled about three hours later.
  • The earthquake was also felt in coastal Chinese cities, including Shanghai.

1 of 3 Map shows epicenter of the earthquake that hit Taiwan and East Asia — Photo: Editoria de Arte/g1
Map shows epicenter of the earthquake that hit Taiwan and East Asia — Photo: Editoria de Arte/g1

According to authorities, the four people who died were in the mountainous and sparsely populated county of Hualien, which is close to the epicenter of the quake on the island’s east coast, about 150 km from the capital, Taipei. Several properties were damaged in the region, including two buildings that collapsed.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the tremor was magnitude 7.7. It would have occurred just 15.5 km from the surface, which explains the high destructive power.

Across the country, at least 26 buildings collapsed, according to authorities. Rescuers worked to rescue dozens of people who were trapped among the rubble. The government put the number of injured at 821.

According to authorities, around 50 people — most of them tourists — who were in four minibuses and were going to visit a national park are missing. There is no confirmation about their nationality until the last update.

Landslides were also recorded after the quake. In the capital Taipei, part of the city was left without power. Cars were forced to stop on highways during the earthquake. See the video below:

Car camera records moment when earthquake shakes vehicles on Taiwan highway

A Brazilian man recorded the moment when furniture and objects in his apartment move and he needs to leave his home. Check out:

Brazilian records video during the earthquake in Taiwan

Aftershocks could still be felt in Taipei, with more than 50 recorded, according to meteorological authorities.

Taiwan’s official news agency said this is the strongest earthquake recorded since 1999, 25 years ago, when a tremor killed 2,400 people and damaged 50,000 properties.

2 of 3 Building collapsed after earthquake in Taiwan — Photo: TVBS via AP
Building collapsed after earthquake in Taiwan — Photo: TVBS via AP

Tsunami risk warnings were issued by authorities for coastal areas of islands in Japan and the Philippines.

At first, authorities warned of waves of up to 3 meters on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Residents living in the region were ordered to evacuate.

About three hours after the earthquake, Japan canceled tsunami warnings. Japanese television NHK said waves measuring 30 centimeters were recorded on the Japanese island of Yonaguni, which is about 100 km off the east coast of Taiwan.

In the Philippines, the government also asked residents of coastal areas to leave their homes.

3 of 3 Place where there was an earthquake near Taiwan — Photo: Barbara Miranda/g1
Place where there was an earthquake near Taiwan — Photo: Barbara Miranda/g1

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