/ 05 April 2024

Taking a toll

Taiwan earthquake

Taiwanese authorities are continuing with search and rescue efforts following Wednesday’s 7.4 magnitude earthquake – the strongest in 25 years – that killed at least 10 people and left over 1,000 others injured. More than 600 people remain stranded, despite some being rescued overnight by helicopter – but at least 30 more are still missing, thought to be trapped in collapsed tunnels and roads along the eastern coastline near the earthquake’s epicentre in Hualien. Power cuts, internet outages and dozens of aftershocks – more of which are expected – have made recovery efforts difficult. Aussies caught in the quake have spoken of being terrified. WA MP Tania Lawrence, who was in Taipei, said her hotel room was “shaking so violently” she couldn’t stand up. Taiwanese authorities expressed thanks for offers of aid from “allies and friends” but said they would not ask China for assistance.

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