Taiwan Hualien earthquake claims 9 lives and leaves over 821 injured, with 127 still trapped

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3rd April 2024 – (Taipei) A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien, Taiwan, this morning (3rd), marking the largest seismic event since the infamous “921 earthquake” on 21st September, 1999. The earthquake has unleashed widespread destruction across multiple areas of the island, resulting in a significant loss of life and numerous injuries. According to the latest reports, at least 9 individuals have lost their lives, with an additional 821 people injured and 127 individuals still trapped in precarious situations. Among them, the popular tourist spot, Taroko’s Dekalun Trail, experienced rockfalls, with a large number of visitors present, resulting in many people being struck. Over a hundred individuals have been evacuated from the scene, but currently, there are still nearly a thousand people unable to descend the mountain.

Authorities have released the identities of the deceased, including a 65-year-old woman surnamed He and a 64-year-old woman surnamed Su, both from the Taroko area. The list also includes a 64-year-old woman surnamed Chen, a 44-year-old female engineering worker surnamed Yu, a 31-year-old man named Zhang, a 46-year-old man surnamed Wu, and a 66-year-old man surnamed Li from the Heren mining area.

Many tourists were temporarily trapped along Dekalun Trail in Xiu-lin Township, Hualien County, where three individuals tragically lost their lives due to direct impact from falling rocks.