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AssistAlert: 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Taiwan

AssistAlert: 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Taiwan


7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Taiwan


The most damaging earthquake to strike Hualien, Taiwan in 25 years has left extreme destruction in its wake. Amidst the damage to 125 buildings; 26 collapsed, with 9 confirmed fatalities and 882 injuries reported. Roadways have sustained damage from the tremors and landslides triggered by them. Rail systems across Taiwan have been temporarily suspended and 354,534 households remain without power.         


Japan has also mandated precautionary evacuations for the nearby coastal areas, like Okinawa Prefecture. Operations at Naha Airport have also resumed after a temporary suspension, though the Okinawa Expressway remains closed at this time. Ferries, also, have suspended operation in the area for the time being.


9 aftershocks above a 5.0 magnitude have been reported from the epicenter. Numerous weaker aftershocks have also been recorded and more are anticipated in the coming days.


  • In the event of aftershocks, be prepared to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
  • If you are in a damaged building, evacuate immediately. Stay clear of any visibly compromised structures.
  • Remain vigilant of the threat of potential tsunamis and move as far away from coastal areas as possible.
  • Avoid contact with any potential floodwaters as they may be contaminated with chemicals, sewage, and debris.
  • Pay attention to local news sources for instructions and emergency information. Keep battery operated radio on hand if possible.

Members are encouraged to contact Assist America if travel assistance is required.



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