Taiwan: Four Dead of Huge Earthquake – Buried Buildings, Disclosure Images · Global Voices

A huge earthquake struck Taiwan on Wednesday morning (03.04.2024) and at least four people have lost their lives. Buildings have collapsed and fears of trapped people are expressed. The underwater earthquake occurred at 07:58 (local time; 02:58 Greek time) at a depth of 15.5 km, located near the eastern coast of Taiwan, according to the meteorological and seismological service of the island. It was more than 7 points of power and is characterized as the strongest that has hit the island in the last 25 years. At the same time, tsunami warnings issued in Taiwan and other countries, which mainly concerned southwestern Japan and coastal regions of the Philippines, finally came up as the risk is now considered to have passed. The early tsunami warning center in the Pacific in Hawaii, U.S.A. also said it considers the risk to be “passed”. The most serious material damage has been recorded in the city of Hualien, a port of 100,000 inhabitants, capital of the sparsely populated county, where two buildings “probably” collapsed by trapping their tenants, according to Taiwan’s fire department. The Japanese weather and seismological service (JMA) estimated that the earthquake was 7.7 degrees, Taiwan’s respective service (CWA) being 7.2 degrees, while the American geological research institute (USGS) estimated its power to be 7.4 degrees. Plans broadcasting Taiwan television networks show buildings that took a dangerous slope, especially in sparsely populated Hualien County, in the eastern part of the country. Rooftop swimming pool during the Taiwan earthquake — Md.Sakib Ali (@iamsakibali1) “Two buildings collapsed (…) there may be trapped,” stated earlier spokesman for Hualien’s fire brigade. — Jatinder 🇮🇳 Kamboj (Jeetu) (@jeetography) The earthquake caused an electrical break in areas of Taipei capital when it occurred at 07:58 (local time; 02:58 Greek time) at a depth of 15.5 km, in a sea area near the eastern coast of Taiwan, according to the weather and seismological service of the island. BREAKING: Buildings collapse after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan. Scary visuals. 😨 — Rutba Maher (@rutba_maher) According to Taipower, electricity company, at least 87,000 households do not have electricity. 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan The shaking was so bad that people coming to work stopped. — AJ Huber (@Huberton) Taiwan Earthquake — Engr. Shaibu (@MO_Shaibu_) WATCH: Strong earthquake causes landslide in eastern Taiwan — Dr Safi (@drmudsafi) 🚨Terrifying scene on the Taipei Metro during the Taiwan earthquake. — AJ Huber (@Huberton) The earthquake was felt as far as Shanghai, China, and — much more so — in areas of southern China. Beijing, expressing its concern, offered to send assistance to Taipei. 20240402 TAIWAN Earthquake — Robert Waloven (@comlabman) Tens of aftershocks were felt in Taipei — at least 25 —, about five points, in the first hour after the main earthquake. This is the strongest seismic vibration on the island “for twenty-five years”, in the assessment of the director of Taipei Seismological Center, Wu Chien-fu. “The earthquake took place near the coast and at a small focal depth. It became felt throughout Taiwan and in neighbouring areas (…) He has been the strongest in 25 years since the 1999 earthquake,” Mr. Wu told reporters, referring to the September disaster of that year, when a 7.6-degree earthquake cost life to some 2,400 people and destroyed or caused serious damage to some 50,000 buildings. Leccas: In Taiwan they had taken steps Speaking in the First Program Euthymios Lekkas said: “This is an earthquake at the limits of three stone blocks It is a very complicated case. The plates are Pacific, Philippine and Eurasian. It doesn’t affect us. There were large seismic accelerations, which means they’re exceeding gravity acceleration. Fortunately in Taiwan they had taken steps after the major earthquake of 2018 and endured many buildings. There are, of course, great landslides and they have blocked roads. The authorities cannot yet reach a point. Fortunately it became a small tsunami”.