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Taiwan hit by strongest quake in 25 years, measuring 7.4 magnitude.

Taiwan struck by 7.4 magnitude quake, strongest in 25 years. 77 trapped, 700 injured. Buildings collapsed, landslides. Tsunami warnings lifted. Japan offers support.

CNN is reporting a devastating earthquake struck Taiwan’s eastern coast, leaving a trail of destruction and prompting swift response efforts from authorities and neighboring countries. Here’s is an overview of the situation and the ongoing efforts to address the aftermath:

The Quake’s Impact:

The 7.4 magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit Taiwan in 25 years, struck at 7:58 a.m. local time near Hualien. At least four people have lost their lives, with over 700 reported injuries and more than 77 individuals trapped in collapsed buildings across the island.

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The tremors caused significant damage, with over 125 buildings affected, including partial collapses and structural damage, particularly in Hualien County, near the quake’s epicenter.
Landslides and rockfalls disrupted transportation, with major highways damaged and train services suspended in eastern Taiwan.

Response Efforts:

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen swiftly mobilized response teams and instructed the administration to assist affected areas. The National Fire Agency (NFA) and other rescue teams are conducting operations to rescue those trapped and provide medical aid to the injured.

International support has poured in, with Japan, China, and others offering relief assistance and expressing solidarity with Taiwan during this challenging time.

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Challenges Ahead:

Aftershocks, some as high as magnitude 7, are expected to continue in the coming days, posing additional risks to affected communities and hindering recovery efforts.
Damage to critical infrastructure, including highways and buildings, will require extensive repairs, prolonging disruptions and impacting daily life for residents.

SourceCNN

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