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Two Indians Missing After 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Taiwan, Search Operation Underway


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A damaged building in Hualien, after a major earthquake hit Taiwan's east. A major 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan's east on the morning of April 3, prompting tsunami warnings for the self-ruled island as well as parts of southern Japan and the Philippines. (Image: AFP)

A damaged building in Hualien, after a major earthquake hit Taiwan’s east. A major 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan’s east on the morning of April 3, prompting tsunami warnings for the self-ruled island as well as parts of southern Japan and the Philippines. (Image: AFP)

Nine people died and hundreds of others were injured after a massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake, said to be the strongest in 25 years, struck eastern Taiwan on Wednesday morning

Two Indians are reported missing after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan on Wednesday. The missing Indians are a man and a woman, who were last seen in Taroko Gorge, close to the epicentre of the quake. Nine people died and hundreds of others were injured after a massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake, said to be the strongest in 25 years, struck eastern Taiwan on Wednesday morning.

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A search operation is underway for the missing Indians, people familiar with the matter said, according to an AP report.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said that the quake — which struck just before 8:00 am local time — was at a magnitude of 7.4 with its epicentre 18 kilometres south of Taiwan’s Hualien City, at a depth of 34.8 km.

Taipei’ seismology official said that this earthquake in Taiwan is the “strongest in 25 years”.  The earthquake prompted tsunami warnings across Taiwan, southern Japan and the Philippines.

The India Taipei Association has set up a helpline for Indians in Taiwan. Those affected can call 0905247906 or send an email to ad.ita@mea.gov.in.

“In view of the earthquake striking off the coast of eastern Taiwan during the early hours of Wednesday, 03 April 2024, the following emergency helpline has been setup by India Taipei Association for assistance, guidance, or clarification to all Indian nationals living in Taiwan:   Mobile: 0905247906 Email: ad.ita@mea.gov.in   All Indian nationals are further requested to follow advisories issued by the local authorities. ITA also requests Indian nationals in Taiwan to share this advisory through their local networks for wider circulation,” a statement by the India Taipei Association said.



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