More than 600 people still under debris on third day of earthquake in Taiwan, 12 dead

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  • The most powerful earthquake in Taiwan after 25 years
  • Even after three days, bodies are being found under the debris.
  • Bodies of two children found during rescue operation

It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Taiwan in 25 years, and three days later many people are still missing and many more buried under debris. Rescue workers were planning to bring in heavy equipment on Saturday to pull out two bodies buried under stones on the footpath.

Four more people are missing on the Shakdang Trail in Taroko National Park, known for its rugged mountainous terrain. The search operation, which was called off due to the earthquake, was resumed on Friday afternoon.

12 dead, 10 missing

At least 12 people have died and 10 others are still missing after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Taiwan’s east coast on Wednesday morning. More than 600 people, including about 450 people at a hotel in Taroko Park, are stranded at various locations due to rockslides and other damage. Earthquake survivors told harrowing stories of falling rocks onto roads and being trapped in tunnels until rescue workers arrived to free them, as a building leaning at a dangerous angle on a road in Hualien city was carefully demolished. Had been. Less damage from such a powerful earthquake on the earthquake-prone island is possible due to its strict construction standards and extensive public education campaigns.

A family of five was among the two dead and four missing on the Shakdang Trail. According to Taiwanese media reports, the bodies found on Friday were those of a man and a woman, but they have not been identified. It is known that in the year 1999, 2400 people were killed in an earthquake of 7.7 magnitude.

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