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At least 130 aftershocks recorded

Data from Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration (CWA) shows that no fewer than 130 aftershocks have been recorded since the 7.4-magnitude quake.

Many of them have been over 5-magnitude.

Printing factory collapse in New Taipei City leaves three people trapped

A printing factory in New Taipei City collapsed, leaving three people trapped who have since been rescued

Local mayor Hou Yu-ih says: ‘There were 57 people inside.

‘Aside from our immediate evacuation, there were three people trapped inside.

‘The last one was rescued at around 11:57 (03:57BST).

‘As of now, there is only one person injured. The rest of the people in the factory are unharmed.’

epa11256545 The wreckage of a printing company's factory after it collapsed following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in New Taipei, Taiwan, 03 April 2024. A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Taiwan on the morning of 03 April with an epicenter 18 kilometers south of Hualien City at a depth of 34.8 km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).  EPA/DANIEL CENG
epa11256546 The wreckage of a printing company's factory after it collapsed following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in New Taipei, Taiwan, 03 April 2024. A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Taiwan on the morning of 03 April with an epicenter 18 kilometers south of Hualien City at a depth of 34.8 km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).  EPA/DANIEL CENG
epa11256548 The wreckage of a printing company's factory after it collapsed following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in New Taipei, Taiwan, 03 April 2024. A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Taiwan on the morning of 03 April with an epicenter 18 kilometers south of Hualien City at a depth of 34.8 km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).  EPA/DANIEL CENG

Watch: Taiwan Earthquake – Large tremors trigger massive landslide

127 known to be trapped following Taiwan quake

Taiwanese officials said the number of people trapped as a result of the earthquake has risen to 127.

77 of them are trapped inside the Jinwen and Daqinqshui tunnels under mountains in Hualien county.

The remaining 50 are trapped in four minibuses that were travelling from Hualien City to Taroko national park.

All 50 of them are staff who were being transported to Silks Place Taroko Hotel, ahead of a long weekend for two public holidays.

Death toll rises to nine

Taiwan officials have updated the death toll to nine. They also revealed that more 882 people were injured, but did not specify how or how badly they were all hurt.

All the deaths took place in Hualien county.

Main road and tunnel savaged by earthquake

The earthquake tore through infrastructure in Taiwan, including main roads and tunnels.

Around 60 people are trapped in the Chongde Tunnel, which is located in Taroko National Park.

This handout from the Hualien Fire Department taken and released on April 3, 2024 shows debris in Hualien, after a major earthquake hit Taiwan's east. At least seven people were killed and more than 700 injured on April 3 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. (Photo by Handout / HUALIEN FIRE DEPARTMENT / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HUALIEN FIRE DEPARTMENT - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by HANDOUT/HUALIEN FIRE DEPARTMENT/AFP via Getty Images)
This handout from the Hualien Fire Department taken and released on April 3, 2024 shows a man looking at debris across a road in Hualien, after a major earthquake hit Taiwan's east. At least seven people were killed and more than 700 injured on April 3 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. (Photo by Handout / HUALIEN FIRE DEPARTMENT / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HUALIEN FIRE DEPARTMENT - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by HANDOUT/HUALIEN FIRE DEPARTMENT/AFP via Getty Images)
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New photos reveal damage suffered by vehicles during earthquake

Civilian vehicles were destroyed by the earthquake that struck Taiwan this morning.

One car was seen with its roof completely caved in, and the bonnet twisted at an awkward angle.

Behind it was a large boulder that came to rest partly in a bus that was travelling on the same road, Zhonghengbian Road.

TAICHUNG, TAIWAN - APRIL 3: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY  MANDATORY CREDIT - 'GUGUAN PUBLIC WORKS SECTION / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Fengyuan Passenger Transport is almost hit by fallin rocks on the Zhonghengbian Road as at least four people were killed and hundreds of others injured after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off Taiwan's eastern coast on the Richter scale, in Taichung, Taiwan on April 3, 2024. Passengers on the bus are still waiting for rescue. (Photo by Guguan Public Works Section/Anadolu via Getty Images)
TAICHUNG, TAIWAN - APRIL 3: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY  MANDATORY CREDIT - 'GUGUAN PUBLIC WORKS SECTION / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) A small passenger vehicle is seriously damaged and the windshield is shattered after hit by falling rocks on the Zhonghengbian Road as at least four people were killed and hundreds of others injured after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off Taiwan's eastern coast on the Richter scale, in Taichung, Taiwan on April 3, 2024. (Photo by Guguan Public Works Section/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Nearly 60 aftershocks recorded following quake

Local media has reported that Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration recorded 58 aftershocks recorded as of 12pm local time (5am UK time).

Nine of them measures between magnitudes of 5 and 6, while two exceeded six.

Major electronics company that produces ‘40% of all consumer tech’ says no damage done to equipment by quake

Foxconn, the world’s largest tech maker, says that no damage has been done to its delicate manufacturing equipment, and that the operational and financial impact to the company is very slight.

Foxconn makes most of the iPhone’s that are sold across the world, and it is estimated that it makes 40% of all consumer electronics sold worldwide.

Taiwan Air Force begins flying disaster relief missions

The 6th Mixed Wing of the Air Force, and the 10th Airlift Group, have begun dispatching three batches and three sorties of C-130 aircraft to carry out disaster relief operations and carry rescuers to where they are most needed.

HUALIEN, TAIWAN - APRIL 03: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY  MANDATORY CREDIT - 'TAIWAN MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) 6th Mixed Wing of the Air Force, and the 10th Airlift Group dispatch three batches and three sorties of C-130 aircraft to carry out disaster relief operations and carry rescuers as members of a search and rescue team prepare after a strong earthquake, 7.4 magnitude, occurred this morning, causing disasters in the Hualien area of Taiwan on April 03, 2024. Taiwan's strongest earthquake in a quarter century rocked the island during the morning rush Wednesday, damaging buildings and creating a tsunami that washed ashore on southern Japanese islands. (Photo by Taiwan Ministry of National Defense / Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images)
HUALIEN, TAIWAN - APRIL 03: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY  MANDATORY CREDIT - 'TAIWAN MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) 6th Mixed Wing of the Air Force, and the 10th Airlift Group dispatch three batches and three sorties of C-130 aircraft to carry out disaster relief operations and carry rescuers as members of a search and rescue team prepare after a strong earthquake, 7.4 magnitude, occurred this morning, causing disasters in the Hualien area of Taiwan on April 03, 2024. Taiwan's strongest earthquake in a quarter century rocked the island during the morning rush Wednesday, damaging buildings and creating a tsunami that washed ashore on southern Japanese islands. (Photo by Taiwan Ministry of National Defense / Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images)
HUALIEN, TAIWAN - APRIL 03: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY  MANDATORY CREDIT - 'TAIWAN MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) 6th Mixed Wing of the Air Force, and the 10th Airlift Group dispatch three batches and three sorties of C-130 aircraft to carry out disaster relief operations and carry rescuers as members of a search and rescue team prepare after a strong earthquake, 7.4 magnitude, occurred this morning, causing disasters in the Hualien area of Taiwan on April 03, 2024. Taiwan's strongest earthquake in a quarter century rocked the island during the morning rush Wednesday, damaging buildings and creating a tsunami that washed ashore on southern Japanese islands. (Photo by Taiwan Ministry of National Defense / Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images)
HUALIEN, TAIWAN - APRIL 03: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY  MANDATORY CREDIT - 'TAIWAN MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) 6th Mixed Wing of the Air Force, and the 10th Airlift Group dispatch three batches and three sorties of C-130 aircraft to carry out disaster relief operations and carry rescuers as members of a search and rescue team prepare after a strong earthquake, 7.4 magnitude, occurred this morning, causing disasters in the Hualien area of Taiwan on April 03, 2024. Taiwan's strongest earthquake in a quarter century rocked the island during the morning rush Wednesday, damaging buildings and creating a tsunami that washed ashore on southern Japanese islands. (Photo by Taiwan Ministry of National Defense / Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Taiwan’s military says six F-16 fighter jets damaged by quake

Taiwan’s air force said six F-16 fighter jets had been slightly damaged at a major base in the city from which jets are often scrambled to see off incursions by China’s air force, but it expected the aircraft to return to service very soon.

China’s coastal trains grind to a halt following Taiwan earthquake

Train services along China’s eastern coast came to a standstill following the massive Taiwan earthquake.

Passengers have been lining up outside train stations up and down the coastal Fujian province.

FUZHOU, CHINA - APRIL 03: Passengers wait at the entrance of Fuzhou Railway Station on April 3, 2024 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Traffic along the coastal cities in Fujian province was at a virtual standstill with part of train services suspended after the massive earthquake in Taiwan. A major earthquake has hit the east coast of Taiwan with a magnitude of 7.3, the strongest on the island in 25 years. (Photo by Zhang Bin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
FUZHOU, CHINA - APRIL 03: Passengers wait at the entrance of Fuzhou Railway Station on April 3, 2024 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Traffic along the coastal cities in Fujian province was at a virtual standstill with part of train services suspended after the massive earthquake in Taiwan. A major earthquake has hit the east coast of Taiwan with a magnitude of 7.3, the strongest on the island in 25 years. (Photo by Zhang Bin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
FUZHOU, CHINA - APRIL 03: Passengers wait at the entrance of Fuzhou Railway Station on April 3, 2024 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Traffic along the coastal cities in Fujian province was at a virtual standstill with part of train services suspended after the massive earthquake in Taiwan. A major earthquake has hit the east coast of Taiwan with a magnitude of 7.3, the strongest on the island in 25 years. (Photo by Zhang Bin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
FUZHOU, CHINA - APRIL 03: Passengers line to refund train tickets at Fuzhou Railway Station on April 3, 2024 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Traffic along the coastal cities in Fujian province was at a virtual standstill with part of train services suspended after the massive earthquake in Taiwan. A major earthquake has hit the east coast of Taiwan with a magnitude of 7.3, the strongest on the island in 25 years. (Photo by Zhang Bin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

UK’s representative in Taiwan expresses ‘condolences and sympathies’ for people affected by quake

John Dennis, the head of the British Office in Taipei, took to X to express his sympathies with the victims of the earthquake.

Where did the earthquake strike?

Hualien County sits on the eastern side of the island, facing out towards the Phillippine Sea.

The city’s closest geographic neighbour is Japan’s Yonaguni Island.

The quake’s epicentre was18 kilometres (11 miles) south of Taiwan’s Hualien City, at a depth of 15.5 km (9.6 miles).

More than 87,000 households still without power

Taiwan’s Economic Minister Wang Mei-hua said power stations across the country were affected by the massive earthquake, and that despite the efforts from energy workers, 87,132 households still do not have power.

More than 308,000 households were affected by power outages following the quake, but as of 9:30am local time, 70% had their power back.

Electricity utility Taipower said the island’s two nuclear power stations unaffected.

Details about seven people killed in earthquake emerge

Officials from Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Centre said at a press conference that three hikers were killed by falling rocks while walking on the Dekalun Trail near Hualien.

Meanwhile, a truck driver and another person in a private car died from falling debris in the nearby Huide Tunnel.

A person died at a quarry owned by Taiwan’s national cement company, and a construction worker died on a nearby highway.

  • Terrifying footage from a damaging 7.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan shows commuters being rocked on trains and shaken on bridges.
  • Rescuers expect the total number of injured and killed to rise as the hunt for people trapped by the quake continues.
  • Dramatic video taken during the quake showed commuters on a Taipei metro train being flung around a carriage by the force of the ground movement.

Watch: Moment earthquake in Taiwan capital city Taipei makes building move

Taiwan says aftershocks of up to 7-magnitude may occur over coming days

Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration (CWA) said that aftershocks between 6.5 and 7-magnitude may occur over the next few days.

Today’s 7.4-magnitude quake was most likely the main one, the CWA’s Wu Chien-fu said at a press conference.

Taiwan president ‘deeply grateful’ for work of emergency services

Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen took to X to express her thanks to emergency services for their work in helping citizens on the island.

More than 70 trapped in tunnels and under buildings following quake

Authorities said that 77 people are confirmed to be trapped in tunnels and underneath buildings.

Most of them, roughly 60, are trapped in a tunnel just north of Hualien city, with two Germans among those trapped in another tunnel.

HUALIEN, TAIWAN - APRIL 3: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY  MANDATORY CREDIT - 'ARMY COMMAND HEADQUARTERS (MND) / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) The National Army's Second Combat Zone has dispatched liaison officers and intelligence officers to the county government after strong earthquake, 7.4 magnitude, occurred this morning, causing disasters in the Hualien area of Taiwan on April 3, 2024. They will fully cooperate with the command of the Hualien County Disaster Response Center and have completed disaster prevention personnel are organized, equipment, machinery and vehicles are prepared, and are on standby to carry out disaster prevention and rescue tasks at any time. (Photo by Army Command Headquarters (MND)/Anadolu via Getty Images)
This handout photo from the Taichung City Government's Fire Bureau taken and released on April 3, 2024 shows rocks blocking part of the road on a section of a highway in Taichung, after a major earthquake hit Taiwan's east. At least seven people were killed and more than 700 injured on April 3 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. (Photo by Handout / TAICHUNG CITY GOVERNMENT'S FIRE BUREAU / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / TAICHUNG CITY GOVERNMENT'S FIRE BUREAU  " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - (Photo by HANDOUT/TAICHUNG CITY GOVERNMENT'S FIRE BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Taiwan earthquake is the strongest to hit the island in 25 years

Today’s 7.4-magnitude earthquake is the strongest to have hit the island in 25 years.

The last quake with a similar strength hit Taiwan in September 1999, killing around 2,400 people in the deadliest natural disaster in the island’s history.

Japan’s PM says nation is ready to assist Taiwan

Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida said his nation ‘stands ready to provide any assistance necessary to Taiwan’, following the 7.4-magnitude earthquake.

Kishida took to X to say: ‘I am deeply saddened to hear that a large earthquake has occurred in eastern Taiwan, causing extensive damage.

‘I would like to express my heartfelt sympathies to those affected. We are grateful for the heartwarming support we received from our dear friends in Taiwan during the Great East Japan Earthquake and the recent Noto Peninsula earthquake.’

Japanese children evacuated from school to higher ground following tsunami warning

Children in Japan’s Okinawa prefecture were made to leave their schools and go up to higher ground after a tsunami warning was issued.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said a tsunami wave roughly 30 centimetres tall was detected on the coast of Yonaguni island about 15 minutes after the quake struck. Smaller waves were measured on the islands of Ishigaki and Miyako.

Japan sent military aircraft to gather information about the impact around the Okinawa region, but the nation has since rescinded its tsunami warning

Students evacuate to the playground at a school in Xiamen, in eastern China's Fujian province on April 3, 2024, after a major earthquake hit Taiwan's east. At least four people were killed and nearly 60 injured on April 3 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. (Photo by AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
Students evacuate to the playground at a school in Xiamen, in eastern China's Fujian province on April 3, 2024, after a major earthquake hit Taiwan's east. At least four people were killed and nearly 60 injured on April 3 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. (Photo by AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
Students evacuate to the playground at a school in Xiamen, in eastern China's Fujian province on April 3, 2024, after a major earthquake hit Taiwan's east. At least four people were killed and nearly 60 injured on April 3 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. (Photo by AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
epa11256509 Children are evacuated to higher ground after a tsunami warning was issued in Naha, Okinawa prefecture, southern Japan, 03 April 2024. Residents in Okinawa evacuated to higher grounds after a tsunami warning was issued following a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Taiwan on the morning of 03 April with an epicenter 18 kilometers south of Hualien City at a depth of 34.8 km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).  EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/

Images show extent of damage done to Taiwan’s infrastructure

New images have revealed how badly Taiwan’s Hualien City was hit by the magnitude-7.4 quake, which struck south of the city just before 8:00 am local time (0000 GMT).

TOPSHOT - This photo taken by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) on April 3, 2024 shows a damaged building in Hualien, after a major earthquake hit Taiwan's east. At least one person was feared dead and nearly 60 injured on April 3 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. (Photo by CNA / AFP) / China OUT - Macau OUT - Taiwan OUT / HONG KONG OUT - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by -/CNA/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - This photo taken by Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) on April 3, 2024 shows a damaged building in Hualien, after a major earthquake hit Taiwan's east. At least one person was feared dead and nearly 60 injured on April 3 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. (Photo by CNA / AFP) / China OUT - Macau OUT - Taiwan OUT / HONG KONG OUT - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by -/CNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Number of people injured rises to 736

Authorities said that 736 people have been injured in the devastation wrought by the earthquake.

All deaths happened in one county, authorities say

Taiwanese authorities said all the deaths caused by the earthquake occured in Hualien county, a mountainous part of Taiwan.

Taiwan government announces death toll rise

The government of Taiwan has announced that the death toll for the deadly earthquake has risen to seven. So far, more than 700 people have been injured by the quake, though the extent of the injuries suffered is not known.



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