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LIVE. Earthquake in Taiwan: more than 800 injured and 9 dead, death toll rises

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck recorded this Wednesday April 3, 2024 Taiwan. The Taiwanese authorities report more than 800 injured and 9 dead in their latest report.

The essential:

  • An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 occurred. recorded à Taïwan this Wednesday à 8 a.m. (local time), 2 a.m. (Paris time). In total, 127 aftershocks struck. the area since the start of the earthquake ;
  • The latest report shows 9 dead and 821 injured. 26 buildings collapsed near the epicenter and dozens of people are still believed to be under the rubble of their buildings;
  • This earthquake is the most powerful recorded in history. on the island since that of September 1999 which had provoked the death of 2,400 people.


20:57 – The disaster-stricken city of Hualien

The most affected city& The location is Hualien, near the epicenter of the earthquake in the east of the island. Two buildings collapsed. An eight-story building in which emergency services found 22 people. Three of the victims died on a hiking trail in Taroko National Park and a fourth was killed. victim of a rockfall in the Daqingshui tunnel.

17:15 – The toll rises

At least nine people died in the earthquake which touched Taiwan. The number of injured continues to increase, it has just passed the 900 mark, according to the latest report from the authorities. Buildings were also erected. damaged by this earthquake which is the most powerful that has struck the island for 25 years. 

16:30 – The United States ready à help Taïwan

After the shock wave that caused the 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan, the United States has already responded to the 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan. made it known that they were available to help the island state. "The United States is ready " provide any necessary assistance" indicated&eac; in a press release, Adrienne Watson, spokesperson for the Security Council; national. The White House specifies that it is "monitoring" the consequences of the earthquake "and its potential impact on Japan" as reported this Wednesday by TF1.

According to the latest assessment by the authorities, more than 821 people have been arrested. injured since the start of the earthquake in the Hualien region. Nine people lost their lives near the epicenter of the earthquake in the east of the island, the statement said. apos;national firefighting agency. Finally, 50 people are missing according to the Reuters news agency.

11:12 – 127 shakes recorded

Since the d& At the start of the earthquake, 127 aftershocks hit Taiwan, according to the Met Administration. central orological. Two tremors of magnitude greater than 6 out of 9 were reported in the morning of this Wednesday, April 3, 2024. 

10:29 – 77 people under the rubble

According to information from the Central Information Agency, 77 people are still trapped in the rubble of their building in the Hualien region.

All seven deaths occurred in the Hualien region. According to information from TF1, 4 of them died in Taroko National Park, "including the ;one died while participating in the event. slope maintenance work. Another victim, a truck driver, died in a landslide while approaching a tunnel. Two other victims are à to deplore: one lost her life in her car parked in the parking lot of a tunnel, the last in a mining zone. 

The authorities have just announced a new death toll of 7 deaths after the earthquake. Taiwan. The number of injured also increases and goes from 700 to 500. 736, still according to the same source. 

After the 7.4 magnitude earthquake, which occurred this Wednesday morning on the island, the new report now shows more than 700 injured according to the latest communication from the authorities. ;nbsp;taïwanaises.

LIVE. Earthquake in Taiwan: more than 800 injured and 9 dead, death toll rises

08:32 – The risk of tsunami "largely passedé"

After several tsunami alerts in Japan and the Philippines, this risk is estimated to be high. as "widely passed&eac;" by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a regional observatory based in the Pacific Ocean. à Hawaï. At the same time, the first images reaching us from Hualien à Taiwan attests to the extreme violence of the phenomenon. 

LIVE. Earthquake in Taiwan: more than 800 injured and 9 dead, death toll rises

08:28 – A lake near the epicenter in the grip of the earthquake

An image is also making the rounds on social networks this Wednesday morning. This is this video of a webcam filming a lake east of the epicenter of the earthquake, at the time of the events. A video relayed by BNO News Live.

08:23 – The first images broadcast on social networks

Several videos attesting to the power of the earthquake begin to play. circulate on social networks. We see in particular an entire television studio shaking, and the presenter trying as best she can to hold the antenna. 

08:21 – 26 buildings collapsed

The Taiwanese government has just indicated the collapse of at least 26 buildings so far in the city of Hualien. At the same time, 20 people are currently trapped under the rubble. "People could be trapped, we have no more information at the moment" declares a Hualien fire official, relayed by by BFMTV.

The first report communicated The authorities reported around sixty injured people, a few hours after the earthquake. For now, four victims are also at risk. deplore announced the national fire fighting agency. These deaths occurred in West Virginia County. of Hualien, near the epicenter of the earthquake. Three victims were present on a hiking trail, the fourth in a road tunnel. The collapse of several buildings and buildings could increase the human toll.

08:13 – Evacuations ordered in Japan

Japan quickly orderedé evacuations in coastal areas near Okinawa. A tsunami warning had been issued. Issued after the recorded earthquake. off the coast of Taiwan. As a reminder, Japan is located in in one of the regions most exposed to seismic risks in the world.

08:10 – Buildings collapsed in Hualien City

Hello all and &agrav; everyone and welcome to this live. This Wednesday morning, a violent 7.4 magnitude underwater earthquake struck Taiwan. In the city of Hualien, the epicenter of the earthquake, several buildings collapsed and testify to the power of the phenomenon. ;

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An underwater earthquake of magnitude 7.4 occurred this Wednesday in Taiwan, just before 8 a.m. (local time) on the coast The east side of the island. This is the most powerful earthquake in the world. hitting the island for 25 years. Tsunami warnings were issued. triggered in Japan and the Philippines. On site, firefighters reported a provisional toll of nine dead and 821 injured. On the eastern coast, near the epicenter, two buildings collapsed next to each other. Hualien. Potential new victims could be found there. "Three victims died on a hiking trail, and the fourth in a road tunnel" reports Le Figaro. The images broadcast on social networks testify to the violence of the earthquake.

"The earthquake is close to the coast, and shallow. It is felt throughout Taiwan and neighboring islands… It is the strongest in 25 years, since the 1999 earthquake. explains the director of the Taipei Seismological Center this morning. In September 1999, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake caused 2,400 deaths.

"It's definitely the biggest I's felt in my life and it lasted' maybe 30 seconds, although it seemed to last much longer. explains Phil Smith, a Briton residing in Taïpei in the columns of Figaro. 

This Wednesday, April 3, 2024, the Japanese and Philippine authorities canceled their tsunami warnings. "The tsunami threat is now largely past" indicates the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a regional observatory based in the Pacific Ocean. à Hawaï. Naha Airport, the most important on the Japanese island of Okinawa, has suspended air traffic and pre-trip flights. seen towards this destination wereé disconcerted. Finally, the Philippines warned of "high tsunami waves" and called &agrav; the evacuation of several coastal areas. "It is strongly recommendedé residents of coastal areas of the following provinces to evacuate immediately to higher ground or to evacuate ;place further &agrav; inside the lands. 23 provinces would be affected.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116