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Taiwan earthquake Highlights: Two Indians missing, search underway

Taiwan earthquake Highlights: Tsunami warning has been cancelled in the Philippines, while Taiwan has jumped into rescue operations.
Damaged houses and road following an earthquake in New Taipei City, Taiwan, on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. . Photographer: An Rong Xu/Bloomberg
Damaged houses and road following an earthquake in New Taipei City, Taiwan, on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. . Photographer: An Rong Xu/Bloomberg

Taiwan earthquake Highlights: Taiwan was hit by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, April 3. It is the strongest earthquake the nation has experienced in 25 years. Till now, the earthquake has claimed the lives of seven people and injured over 700. The injury toll is expected to go up as many are still trapped in rubble of collapsed structures and buildings....Read More

Taiwan television stations showed footage of buildings at precarious angles in Hualien, where the quake struck just offshore around 8am (0000GMT) while people were going to work and school.

Japan and Philippines issued a tsunami alert in certain areas, starting evacuation in multiple cities. The Philippines Seismology Agency issued a warning for residents in coastal areas of several provinces, urging them to evacuate to higher ground.

However, Philippines cancelled its tsunami warning after lower risk of any waves.

The quake was centered just off the east coast at a depth of 15.5km (9.6 miles), according to Taiwan's Central Weather Administration. Video showed rescuers using ladders to help people out of windows, while elsewhere, massive landslides caused by the tremors carved down hillsides.

Taiwan also issued a tsunami warning, but reported no damage from that, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii later said the risk of damaging tsunami waves had passed.

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Apr 3, 2024 9:38 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Missing Indians last seen at location close to epicentre

The missing Indians are a man and a woman and were last seen in Taroko Gorge, close to the epicentre of the earthquake.

Apr 3, 2024 9:35 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Two Indians missing after earthquake, search underway

Two Indians have been reported missing after the earthquake in Taiwan. Search is underway to locate them, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apr 3, 2024 8:49 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Death toll rises to 9

The death toll in the powerful earthquake in Taiwan has resulted in the death of at least nine persons.

Apr 3, 2024 7:28 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: US offers 'any necessary assistance' after quake

The United States "stands ready to provide any necessary assistance" to Taiwan following a huge earthquake that injured hundreds and killed at least nine people, the White House said in a statement.

"We are monitoring reports of the earthquake impacting Taiwan and continue to monitor its potential impact on Japan," National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said.

Apr 3, 2024 6:44 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: PM Modi expresses solidarity with people of Taiwan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish at the loss of lives in an earthquake in Taiwan, conveying India's solidarity with the "resilient" people of the country.

“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to earthquakes in Taiwan today. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured. We stand in solidarity with the resilient people of Taiwan as they endure the aftermath and recover from it,” he said on X.

Apr 3, 2024 4:32 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Why is Taiwan so susceptible to quakes?

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Taiwan lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the line of seismic faults encircling the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquakes occur, reported news agency AP.

The area is particularly vulnerable to temblors due to the tension accumulated from the interactions of two tectonic plates, the Philippine Sea Plate and the Eurasian Plate, which may lead to sudden releases in the form of earthquakes.

The region’s mountainous landscape can magnify the ground shaking, leading to landslides. Several such landslides occurred on Taiwan’s eastern coast near the epicenter of Wednesday's quake near eastern Hualien County, when falling debris hit tunnels and highways, crushing vehicles and causing several deaths.

Apr 3, 2024 4:09 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: How Taiwan's tech knowledge helps mitigate damage from quakes

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Revised building codes after 1999’s earthquake and better technology helped mitigate casualties during Wednesday’s quake, which could still have major implications for the global tech supply chain, reported news agency Bloomberg.

Wu Yih-min, a professor of geosciences at National Taiwan University and a team head at the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, said that in the last three-to-five years a disaster response system developed by the agency became more sophisticated, meeting a crucial need in one of the most seismically active parts of the world.

“Taiwan continues to develop these technologies, and we have advantages,” Wu said, adding that it would be harder for regions without a strong tech industry.

Apr 3, 2024 3:40 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Death toll rises to nine

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: At least nine people were killed and more than 800 injured Wednesday by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan that damaged dozens of buildings and prompted tsunami warnings that extended to Japan and the Philippines before being lifted, reported news agency AFP.

Officials said the quake was the strongest to shake the island in decades, and warned of more tremors in the days ahead.

Apr 3, 2024 3:34 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: 50 people missing, say Taiwanese authorities

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Taiwanese authorities have informed that they have lost contact with 50 people in minibuses after the powerful earthquake downed phone networks, reported news agency AP.

Apr 3, 2024 3:01 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Check out these news stories

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Apr 3, 2024 2:46 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: TSMC halts some chipmaking as Taiwan gauges quake fallout

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. halted some chipmaking and evacuated plants after the biggest earthquake to hit its home island in 25 years, raising concerns about disruptions to the global tech supply chain.

Apr 3, 2024 1:45 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Magnitude of earthquake

Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency said the quake was 7.2 magnitude while the U.S. Geological Survey put it at 7.4. It struck about 18 kilometers (11.1 miles) south-southwest of Hualien and was about 35 kilometers (21 miles) deep. Multiple aftershocks followed, and the USGS said one of the subsequent quakes was 6.5 magnitude and 11.8 kilometers (7 miles) deep. Shallower quakes tend to cause more surface damage. The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning that was later lifted.

Apr 3, 2024 1:29 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Advisory for Indian citizens

In the wake of the powerful earthquake in Taiwan, the Indian Taipei Association has requested to follow advisories issued by the local authorities and also issued a helpline for assistance and guidance to all the Indian nationals living in Taiwan.

Apr 3, 2024 1:05 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Death toll rises to seven

The earthquake in Taiwan has claimed seven lives till now, with 711 people injured and 77 still feared trapped.

Apr 3, 2024 12:42 PM IST

Taiwan earthquake LIVE updates: Over 700 injured

The Taiwan government said that while four people have died in the earthquake, over 710 people are injured and 77 still feared trapped in rubble.

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