Taiwan Trembles: Powerful 7.4 Quake Devastates, Leaving 7 Dead and Hundreds Injured

On April 3, 2024, a devastating 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan, the most powerful earthquake to hit the island in nearly 25 years. The earthquake caused widespread destruction, killing at least seven people and injuring hundreds. A strike during the morning rush hour adds to the tremors, chaos and destruction.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located on the coast, near Hualien County, and triggered rockfall in Taroko National Park. The rocks led to the tragic deaths of three pedestrians and a van driver, who were hit by falling rocks. Across the island, buildings and highways sustained significant damage, with a five-story building in Hualien County leaning at a precarious 45-degree angle.

In the capital Taipei, tiles were found loose in old buildings and schools quickly moved students to sports fields for their safety. Children were equipped with yellow safety helmets and textbooks were also used as makeshift shields against falling debris during the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

Government statistics reported 736 injuries and 77 individuals stranded due to the earthquake. The event has shaken the nation and prompted an outpouring of support and condolences from the international community as Taiwan begins the long process of rebuilding and healing.

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