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Taiwan earthquake: India Taipei Association sets up helpline

The earthquake was the strongest to hit the island in 25 years

Taiwan earthquake: India Taipei Association sets up helpline / mna.gpwb.gov.tw

A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan on Apr. 3, claiming the lives of at least seven individuals and leaving nearly 730 others injured.

The quake caused extensive damage to numerous buildings and prompted tsunami warnings that extended to Japan and the Philippines, although these warnings were later lifted.



The earthquake was the strongest to hit the island in 25 years.

Taiwan’s  National Fire Agency (NFA)  reported that 77 people were trapped in tunnels and collapsed buildings, leading rescuers to use ladders to help some of them to safety.



The earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale jolted the eastern coast of the island, striking at 7:58 a.m. local time. The epicenter was located 18 kilometers (11 miles) south of Hualien city, with a depth of 34.8 kilometers (21 miles), as reported by the US Geological Survey. Subsequent to the main quake, numerous aftershocks shook the entire island.

Wu Chien-fu, director of Taipei's Central Weather Administration's Seismology Center, emphasized the widespread impact of the earthquake, stating, "The earthquake is close to land and it's shallow. It's felt all over Taiwan and offshore islands."

Taiwan is home to approximately 6000 Indians. In response to the disaster, the India Taipei Association has established a helpline to provide assistance to any Indian nationals in need.

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