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Two Indians missing after 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocks Taiwan | 7 updates

7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan, two Indians missing. Nine dead, thousand injured. 143 individuals trapped, rescue operations in progress.

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Two Indians have been reported missing after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake wrought havoc in Taiwan on Wednesday. At least nine people were reported dead while more than a thousand people were injured. Rescue operations remain underway with 143 individuals still trapped in the rubble. 

Here are the latest updates:

  • Two Indians — a man and a woman — have been reported missing after the earthquake. They were last seen Taroko Gorge (close to the epi-centre) and search operations are underway to locate them.
  • At least nine people have been killed after the strongest earthquake in a quarter-century rocked Taiwan during morning rush hour. More than 1,000 people have been injured and rescue operations remain underway.
  • The quake and aftershocks caused 24 landslides and damage to roads, bridges and tunnels. It also triggered a tsunami warning that was later lifted.
  • Traffic along the east coast came to a near standstill as falling debris hit tunnels and highways. Train service was suspended across the island with some tracks twisted by the stress of the quake. Subway service was also halted in Taipei, where sections of a newly constructed elevated line split apart but did not collapse. The national legislature and sections of the main airport in Taoyuan (just south of Taipei) also saw minor damage.
  • 143 people remain trapped under rubble as of Wednesday night. According to the National Fire Agency, this includes seven people trapped in the Renhe mining area, 47 hotel employees and 24 tourists at Jiuqudong, 64 individuals in the Heping mining area, and one on the Jhu-ilu Trekking and Hiking trail.
  • Weather officials recorded more than 50 aftershocks and authorities are now working to hore up damaged buildings and demolish those deemed impossible to save. Many people spent the night in tents and other shelters after evacuating their homes.
  • Taiwan's air force said six F-16 fighter jets had been slightly damaged at a major base in the city. Jets are often scrambled to see off incursions by China's air force from the site. However the aircraft were expected to return to service very soon.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 03 Apr 2024, 09:45 PM IST
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