Four people rescued from collapsed building after devastating earthquake hits eastern Taiwan – Taiwan News

Firefighters in Hualien county today succeeded in locating and rescuing four people injured after buildings collapsed when a magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit the area on Sunday, Sept. 18. .

The Hualien County Fire Department dispatched a search and rescue team to the disaster site in Yuli Township after receiving reports that a three-story commercial-residential building collapsed after an earthquake struck at 2:44 p.m. did.

At the 7-Eleven on the first floor, employees and customers were evacuated. However, the four residents on the second and third floors of the apartment did not have time to leave before the building collapsed.

At 3:48 pm, firefighters rescued a 70-year-old man named Cheng. Chen was lying in bed when the ceiling collapsed. He was just 30 centimeters above him and he stopped and grabbed his leg and got bogged down.

A 64-year-old woman named Den was removed from the same apartment on a stretcher at 4:27 p.m. Ms. Deng was found lying on the sofa, trapped in the cramped space she had left after the collapse.

A distraught resident who was out when the quake hit but whose wife and daughter were trapped in a third-floor apartment spoke to his wife on the phone when firefighters broke into the building through a broken window. . According to the man’s wife, her legs were bound and she was unable to move.

At times, search and rescue teams had to evacuate the building as aftershocks struck.

At 5:37 p.m., firefighters rescued a 5-year-old girl, and about 10 minutes later her 39-year-old mother was also rescued.

None of the four rescued were reportedly seriously injured.

Today’s magnitude 6.8 quake, centered in Chishang Township, Taitung County, follows a magnitude 6.4 quake that struck the same area at 9:21 pm yesterday. Since the first quake yesterday, more than 70 aftershocks have shook Taiwan, some felt around the island, even along the coast of China and Japan’s southernmost islands.

One death and 79 injuries have been reported, according to Taiwan’s Central Disaster Response Center.

A photo of the building before it collapsed. Taken from Google Maps.
A photo of a collapsed building during a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Chishang Township, Taiwan, on September 18, 2022.

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