Canadian Couple Among Those Killed In Taiwan Earthquake

Frederick Owens
February 11, 2018

Rescuers are still searching for seven people: a couple from Hong Kong who hold Canadian citizenship and five members of a family from China - parents, grandparents and their 12-year-old son.

"For the students from St Lucia, I would like to let you know they are all safe", Ambassador Shen said.

The Red Cross Society of China has chose to provide 1 million yuan (158,270 USA dollars) for rescue operations, saying that it is ready to send rescue teams to Taiwan. At least four midsized buildings in worst-hit Hualien county leaned at sharp angles, their lowest floors crushed into mangled heaps of concrete, glass, iron and other debris. Four other buildings, including two hotels, also tilted during the natural disaster in Hualien, a popular tourist destination on Taiwan's eastern coast, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of the capital, Taipei.

Taiwan's National Fire Agency has listed 273 people as injured.

Ambassador Shen said the rescue efforts are made more hard given that it's winter in Taiwan.

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"They were among the last five people known to be missing beneath the rubble of the 12-storey commercial and residential complex in the eastern coastal city of Hualien", CEOC said. "It is believed that a number of people will have died", McBride said.

Power was restored to all affected areas in Hualien yesterday, although 8,500 households were still without water.

While search-and-rescue operations were under way, another 5.7-magnitude temblor hit late on Wednesday near the port city of Hualien, 120km south of the capital Taipei.

More than 290 aftershocks, many of them strong, have been recorded since Tuesday's main quake.

President Tsai Ing-wen, who arrived in Hualien Wednesday to oversee rescue efforts, said: "This is when the Taiwanese people show their calm, resilience and love".

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