Taiwan Earthquake: One person dead, Nine in critical condition
One person is feared dead while nine others are in critical condition following a strong earthquake that shook Taiwan, on Sunday, September 18, toppling a three-story building and temporarily trapping four people inside, leaving about 400 tourists stranded on a mountain and derailing part of a train.
The 6.9-magnitude quake was the largest of more than 75 that rattled the island’s south-eastern coast between Saturday evening, when a 6.4-magnitude quake struck the same area, and Sunday afternoon.
Media reports say great damage appeared to be north of the epicenter in the town of Chishang, in northern Taitung county, at the relatively shallow depth of four miles (6km).
According to the Taiwanese state media, the Central News Agency, a man identified as Huang died at a factory in Hualien when a piece of machinery fell on him.
A three-story building, which had a 7-Eleven convenience store on the ground floor and residences on the upper ones, collapsed in the nearby town of Yuli in Hualien, the state media noted.
The 70-year-old owner of the building and his wife were rescued first, but it took longer to get to a 39-year-old woman and her five-year-old daughter.
A photo released by the Hualien city government showed the girl lying on a blanket and being handed down a metal ladder from the top of the debris by rescue workers in orange
The top two stories of the building were left strewn across a small street, with electricity wires pulled down by the fallen structure.
More than 7,000 households were reported to be without power in Yuli and water pipes were damaged.
Police and firefighters rushed to a bridge collapse on a two-lane road in what appeared to be a rural area of the town, where three people and one or more vehicles may have fallen off, according to media reports.