The strongest earthquake in Taiwan in 25 years, 7 dead and hundreds injured

Agence France-Presse reports: On Wednesday, April 3, 2024, a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 occurred in eastern Taiwan. It caused damage to dozens of buildings, including people's lives

The Seismic Center of the Central Meteorological Bureau in Taipei said. The earthquake was felt throughout Taiwan and the offshore islands. He said it was considered the strongest earthquake in 25 years, adding that people should pay attention to relevant warnings and messages. Also prepare to evacuate as more earthquakes are likely in the coming days.

The latest information reveals this. The authorities said that at least seven people were killed. Of the total deaths, three died due to falling rocks while walking in the early morning. A truck driver was killed when his car collided with a landslide while he was driving near a mountain tunnel in the earthquake zone.

The Taiwan National Fire Department reported that all deaths occurred in Hualien County. So far, 736 people have been injured in the earthquake.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the earthquake occurred before 8:00 a.m. local time (7:00 a.m. GMT), and its epicenter was 18 kilometers south of Hualien County in Taiwan, at a depth of 34.8 kilometers.

Multi-storey buildings in Hualien and other places experienced widespread damage after the earthquake ended. The mayor of Hualien said: More than 50 survivors were successfully recovered from under the rubble of a collapsed building.

Landslides triggered by the quake isolated many areas in the coastal city of Hualien, forcing officials to move rocks and debris. To open the way to help tens of thousands of victims.

President Tsai Ing-wen called on local and central government departments to coordinate. Ready to ask for support from the army as well.

Residents of Guangdong Province in southern China also felt the tremors of the earthquake. Including some areas in Hong Kong

Xinhua News Agency reported that the Beijing government is closely monitoring the situation and stands ready to provide disaster relief aid to Taiwan.

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