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Taiwan earthquake injuries top 1,000, missing hotel workers found

Taiwan earthquake injuries top 1,000, missing hotel workers found

Thursday, April 04, 2024, 11:42 GMT+7
Taiwan earthquake injuries top 1,000, missing hotel workers found
A general view as workers carry out operations while on an elevated platform of a firefighting truck at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

HUALIEN, Taiwan -- The number of people injured in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in eastern Taiwan climbed past 1,000 on Thursday though the death toll remained steady at nine, with dozens of workers on their way to a hotel in a national park mostly now found safe.

The temblor, the strongest in 25 years, hit on Wednesday morning just as people were readying to go to work and school, centred on the largely rural and sparsely populated eastern county of Hualien.

People ride motorcycles near the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

People ride motorcycles near the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Buildings also shook violently in capital Taipei, but damage and disruption there was minimal.

Workers carry out operations at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Workers carry out operations at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan's fire department said the number of injuries had reached 1,050, putting the total number of missing at 52. Around two dozen of almost 50 hotel workers on their way to a resort in Taroko National Park had been located.

Workers carry out operations while standing on an elevated platform of a firefighting truck at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Workers carry out operations while standing on an elevated platform of a firefighting truck at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

The fire department said the group was trapped on the cross-island highway which traverses the gorge connecting Hualien with Taiwan's west coast and is a popular tourist destination.

A general view as workers carry out operations while on an elevated platform of a firefighting truck at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

A general view as workers carry out operations while on an elevated platform of a firefighting truck at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

It showed drone footage of some of the hotel workers, along with other people, waving from the side of a road, with the crushed back part of a minibus also clearly visible. Another group of 26 workers had also been found, it added.

Residents of the damaged building stand as a damaged building is being demolished following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Residents of the damaged building stand as a damaged building is being demolished following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

On Thursday morning, a helicopter rescued six people who had been trapped in a mining area, the fire department said.

Workers demolish a damaged building following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Workers demolish a damaged building following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

The railway line to Hualien re-opened ahead of schedule on Thursday, although one rural station north of Hualien city remains closed due to damage, the railway administration said.

Workers carry out operations at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Workers carry out operations at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

In Hualien city, where people who had been trapped in buildings have all been rescued, some people slept outdoors overnight as more than 300 aftershocks rocked the region, unnerving residents.

A general view as workers carry out operations while on an elevated platform of a firefighting truck at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

A general view as workers carry out operations while on an elevated platform of a firefighting truck at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

A lady, 52, who gave her family name as Yu, said she checked herself into a tent on a sports ground being used for temporary shelter late on Wednesday night because she was too scared to sleep in her apartment, which she described as "a mess".

"The aftershocks were terrifying. It's nonstop. I do not dare to sleep in the house," she said.

Firefighters work following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Firefighters work following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Workers carry out operations at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Workers carry out operations at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

A damaged building is demolished following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

A damaged building is demolished following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

A damaged vehicle is pictured following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

A damaged vehicle is pictured following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

A resident stands next to a damaged building as it's being demolished following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

A resident stands next to a damaged building as it's being demolished following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Workers walk at the site where a building collapsed, following an earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 3, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Workers walk at the site where a building collapsed, following an earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 3, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Workers carry out operations while on an elevated platform of a firefighting truck at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Workers carry out operations while on an elevated platform of a firefighting truck at the site where a building collapsed, following the earthquake, in Hualien, Taiwan April 4, 2024. Photo: Reuters

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