Taiwan earthquake: Death toll rises to 10 as more than 300 'terrifying' aftershocks rock the island – live updates

An earthquake shook Taiwanese TV broadcasters during a live broadcast

At least 10 people have now been confirmed dead after a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan on Wednesday.

More than 1,000 people were injured in the largest earthquake recorded on the island in 25 years, while more than 40 people remained trapped on Thursday.

The tremors triggered at least nine landslides, and debris collapsed hillsides on the Suhua Expressway in Hualien, which runs along the east coast.

More than 300 aftershocks since Wednesday morning have forced “terrified” people on the island to sleep in tents outside their homes or in emergency shelters.

Taiwan's fire agency said about 690 people were still trapped or without contact on Thursday. Those trapped, most of them hotel employees who were earlier reported to be in the national park, remain out of contact with authorities.

The earthquake led to tsunami warnings being issued on the island and in neighboring countries.

On the other hand, a 6-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Honshu Island, Japan, on Thursday, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center.

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WATCH LIVE: Taiwan earthquake rescue efforts continue as buildings are destroyed in Hualien City

Watch live as rescue efforts continue today (April 4) in the city of Hualien following the deadly earthquake that killed nine people and injured thousands.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 4, 2024 at 12:00

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Taiwan condemns “impudent” China

Taiwan on Thursday condemned China as “impudent” after Beijing's deputy ambassador to the United Nations thanked the world for its concern about a strong earthquake that struck the island.

China claims the autonomous island as its own territory and also demands the right to speak for itself on the international stage.

He added: “We thank the international community for its sympathy and concern.”

The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its anger at these statements.

The ministry said it “officially condemns China's shameful use of the Taiwan earthquake to conduct cognitive operations at the international level,” using Taiwan's usual term for what it sees as Chinese psychological warfare.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 4, 2024 at 11:45

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300 aftershocks terrify Taiwanese citizens

The Taiwan Meteorological Department recorded more than 300 aftershocks from Wednesday morning to Thursday.

The aftershocks forced many people on the island to sleep in tents outside their homes or in emergency shelters.

Hendry Sutrisno, a 30-year-old professor at Hualien Dong Hua University, spent Wednesday night in a tent with his wife and child for fear of aftershocks.

“We went out of the apartment and waited for four to five hours before going back up to get some important things like our wallet. Then we have been here since then to assess the situation,” he told the Associated Press.

A 52-year-old Hualien resident, who gave her last name as Yu, told Reuters: “I am afraid of aftershocks, and I do not know how strong the tremor will be.”

“The aftershocks were terrifying. They're non-stop. I don't dare sleep at home,” she said.

Firefighters evacuate a body from Taroko National Park, Taiwan (AP)

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 4, 2024 at 11:30

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The death toll from the Taiwan earthquake rises to 10

At least 10 people have now been confirmed dead after the powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan on Wednesday.

Of the 10 dead, at least four were killed inside Taroko National Park, a tourist attraction in Hualien County famous for its canyons and cliffs about 150 kilometers from the capital, Taipei.

One person was found dead in a damaged building and another was found in a Hu Ren quarry.

Today, authorities recovered another body from one of the tracks.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 4, 2024 at 10:53

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Rescue of Canadian citizens trapped after the Taiwan earthquake

The hikers, a 29-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman, were part of a 14-member group hiking the trail when a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the island.

Twelve people from the group made their way to the trailhead, but two remaining hikers required a lengthy search and rescue operation, Taiwan News reported.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 4, 2024 at 10:30

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Nearly 700 people are still stranded a day after the earthquake

The National Fire Agency said about 690 people were still trapped or out of contact on Thursday in Taiwan, including more than 600 stranded inside a hotel called Silks Place Taroko. Authorities said that staff and guests at the hotel are safe and that work to repair the roads leading to the facility is nearing completion.

They added that others who were reported to be trapped, including 24 tourists and six university students, were also safe.

Authorities also said that about 60 workers, who were unable to leave the quarry due to closed and damaged roads, had been released. The Central News Agency said that all of them came off the mountain safely at noon.

Six workers from another quarry were airlifted.

About 40 people, most of them hotel employees who were earlier reported to be in the national park, remain out of contact with authorities.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 4, 2024 at 10:27

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Watch: Taiwan earthquake shakes TV presenters during live broadcast

Taiwanese channel SETTV captured the moment a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck live, with an anchor describing the powerful shaking as she tried to maintain her balance.

The powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan on Wednesday was captured by cameras in the newsroom during a live broadcast.

As the earthquake struck, live broadcasters continued to talk and present the news while the studio was visibly shaking.

The Taiwan earthquake shook TV presenters during a live broadcast

Taiwanese channel SETTV captured the moment a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck live, with an anchor describing the powerful shaking as she tried to maintain her balance. The powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan on Wednesday (April 3) was captured by cameras in the newsroom during a live broadcast. As the earthquake struck, live broadcasters continued to talk and present the news while the studio was visibly shaking. The strong earthquake struck the city of Hualien in eastern Taiwan at 7:58 a.m. local time, causing many buildings to collapse. The Central Meteorological Department recorded more than 300 aftershocks from Wednesday morning until Thursday.

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Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 4, 2024 at 10:00

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Quake survivors remember rocks that fell like 'lead'

A powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan caused powerful landslides and rocks fell “like lead,” a coal miner said.

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday caused at least nine landslides and debris to fall from hillsides on the Suhua Expressway in Hualien, which runs down the east coast.

Some people stranded in tunnels and near a national park were airlifted to safety on Wednesday, but at least 50 others were still missing.

“The mountain started raining rocks like bullets, and we had nowhere to run, so everyone ran next to sandbags for cover,” the survivor, identified by his surname Zhou, told Taiwan's Central News Agency.

“I was just getting out of bed when a clothes rack and a low dresser fell over,” recalls Hualien resident Ocean Tsai.

She told the BBC: “The situation became stronger, and I started to worry about our possessions at home. Fortunately, apart from the motorcycle overturning, the damage was minimal.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 4, 2024 09:27

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Watch a live view of the Taipei skyline after the Taiwan earthquake

Watch a live view of Taipei after a deadly earthquake shook the entire island early on, collapsing buildings and triggering a tsunami that washed ashore on Japan's southern islands.

At least 50 people are still missing after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan's east coast on Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring more than a thousand others.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 4, 2024 at 09:00

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The map is drawn: Taiwan's massive earthquake wreaks havoc on Hualien City

Rescue efforts are focused on Hualien City, where most of the casualties and damage were reported.

Alisha Rahman SarkarApril 4, 2024 at 08:30

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