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2018-02-08 09:00
Updated MOI Earthquake Statement
On February 6 at 11:50 pm, a powerful earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck off the eastern coast of Taiwan, collapsing multiple buildings and damaging many others in the Hualien City region. As of now, the government has confirmed 5 deaths, 254 individuals injured, and 88 individuals missing.

In the aftermath of the earthquake, the Ministry of Interior immediately established the Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC). Mr. Yeh, Jiunn-rong, the Interior Minister and chief commander of the CEOC, is currently coordinating emergency response efforts. At least 17 fire rescue units composed of 916 emergency response workers, 661 soldiers, and 20 rescue dogs are working tirelessly to access missing individuals who are trapped in the wreckage.

Currently, the emergency response workers are also going house-to-house in the neighboring areas and making sure those in need of assistance can receive it. As of 8:00 am this morning, a total of 235 people have been rescued or assisted from their homes and resettled at one of the two public shelters. There are currently 830 people being housed between the Hualien Gymnasium and Chunghua Elementary School. 40,000 households currently have their water supply suspended, and 1900 households are without electricity.

The Ministry of Interior recognizes the courage and resiliency of our first responders and of the people of Taiwan. We stand with the families who are grieving, and appreciate the coordinated efforts from Taiwan’s other Ministries during this challenging time.

For updated information on the earthquake’s aftermath, please visit the website of the Central Emergency Operation Center (www.emic.gov.tw ) or the Facebook page of the National Fire Agency

(www.facebook.com/NFA999 ).

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