/ 04 April 2024

Searching for survivors


You might have seen the shocking images of out of Taiwan yesterday after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit the east coast just before 8am leaving at least 9 dead and 900 injured, and causing several multi-storey buildings to dangerously tilt/collapse. Rescuers are working to free more than 100 still trapped inside tunnels on mountain roads. The worst-hit city was Hualien, about 158km south of the capital Taipei –  videos show people inside the damaged buildings scrambling to crawl through windows and then sliding to the ground. There was initial confusion over the strength of the earthquake, but Taiwan’s weather bureau was clear that the quake was the worst Taiwan has recorded since 1999. Chinese media reported the quake being felt in its south-eastern Fujian province, and tsunami warnings were issued in southern Japan and the Philippines – they were later downgraded. 

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