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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Taiwan: 9 Killed, Over 800 Injured, and Dozens Missing

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Taiwan experienced its most severe earthquake in at least 25 years on Wednesday, claiming the lives of nine individuals and leaving over 800 injured. Around 50 people are reported missing after heading to a national park. The quake, measuring 7.2 magnitude, struck near the eastern county of Hualien, causing buildings to lean dangerously and triggering widespread panic.

Residents described the tremors as intense, with many fearing for their safety as structures shook violently. Rescue efforts were underway, with teams using ladders to evacuate those trapped. Landslides were reported, and the subway system in Taipei briefly shut down due to strong tremors.

Authorities issued a tsunami warning for southern Japan and the Philippines, though it was later lifted. Despite damage to infrastructure and reports of missing individuals, rescue operations remained the top priority.

In the aftermath, President-elect Lai Ching-te emphasized the urgent need for rescue efforts, particularly in Hualien. The rail link to the affected area is expected to reopen soon. The earthquake also caused minor damage to military installations and disrupted chip production, although Taiwan’s nuclear power stations remained unaffected.

The quake’s magnitude, measured at 7.7 in Japan, led to coastal warnings in various regions. Aftershocks continued to be felt, adding to the already tense situation. While power has largely been restored, the semiconductor industry, including major supplier TSMC, experienced disruptions.

This earthquake ranks among the most severe in Taiwan’s recent history, prompting comparisons to the devastating quake of 1999. With extensive damage and numerous casualties, the island faces a significant recovery effort in the days ahead.