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The latest development of Hualien earthquake in Taiwan

Beijing, Feb. 7 - at 23:50 on Feb. 6, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 occurred in the sea area near Hualian County, Taiwan. As of 13:30 on the 7th, the earthquake has killed 4 people, injured 243 and still lost 85 people. After the earthquake, concerned parties in the mainland were highly concerned. The Taiwan Affairs Office and the association of maritime associations launched an emergency response mechanism to understand the disaster situation and relief situation.

When the earthquake happened, there were many tremors in the island. According to Taiwan's "Central Disaster Response Center", the disaster situation is concentrated in Hualian City, Hualian County, including the collapse of the commander-in-chief Hotel, the collapse of Yunmen cuidi building, the tilt of Building 1, Guosheng 1st Street, the tilt of residential building 41, Guosheng 6th Street, and the interruption of Suhua road. The earthquake also caused 35000 households to be out of water, 200 households to be out of power, Qixingtan bridge and Hualian bridge to be closed, and 40 roads to be damaged.

According to Hualien County Government, five mainland tourists have been found, one of whom was slightly injured and the other was in unstable condition. The two have been sent to Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital for treatment.

Hualien City Office said Hualien was suffering from a severe disaster, and there were not enough heavy machinery, professional fire trucks and police personnel to support. At present, the special search and rescue teams of Taiwan Fire Department and the search and rescue teams of local fire bureaus have gone to the disaster area for disaster relief.

On the morning of the 7th, Zhang Zhijun, director of the state Taiwan Affairs Office, and Fu Gushi, head of Hualian County, called to learn more about casualties, property losses and the progress of relief work. Zhang Zhijun said compatriots on both sides of the Strait are a family with blood thicker than water. In the face of the disaster, compatriots on the mainland feel the same. Knowing that the disaster area is short of professional disaster relief personnel, we are willing to send rescue teams to Taiwan to assist in disaster relief and to provide all necessary assistance in a timely manner. We hope that the people in the disaster area will overcome difficulties and rebuild their homes as soon as possible.

The reporter learned from the National Taiwan Affairs Office that after the earthquake, the mainland authorities urgently learned about the situation of mainland tourists, mainland students studying in Taiwan and mainland spouses living in the disaster area through various channels. It is understood that, with the exception of a small number of mainland tourists injured, there are no reported deaths.

Xinhua News Agency reporters in Taiwan arrived in Hualien on the morning train on the 7th. At the scene of the earthquake, the reporter saw that the building of cuidi in Yunmen was inclined about 45 degrees, and the rescue workers were supporting the building with steel frames to prevent further tilting, so that the rescue workers could enter the building for inspection.

The building of the commander-in-chief Hotel collapsed seriously, and the first and second floors fell into the ground. Hualien fire department search and rescue personnel set up ladders to search and rescue the hotel. Fu said all the tenants living in the hotel had been rescued, but two employees were trapped.

At present, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital is swarming into many patients, and the hospital has launched the "large number of patients" mechanism. Hualien County Government has set up temporary shelters in the gymnasium to provide sleeping bags, water and food for the public.

After Hualian earthquake with m s6.5, the aftershocks continued. Fu said 26 aftershocks of various levels had occurred by 9 a.m. on the 7th, which has not been seen in Hualien in the past 50 years. The station's Meteorological Department expects the aftershocks to last another two weeks, not excluding more powerful earthquakes in the future.

Original title: Hualien earthquake with m s6.5 in Taiwan