Dozens are trapped in highway tunnels and rock quarries after the devastating Taiwan earthquake: reports

Dozens are trapped in highway tunnels and rock quarries after the devastating Taiwan earthquake: reports
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A damaged building in Hualien, Taiwan on April 3, 2024.

Dozens of people are trapped in highway tunnels and a pair of rock quarries after a massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan on Wednesday, the Associated Press and CNN reported.

The quake struck off the eastern coast of Taiwan, disrupting the morning rush hour and toppling buildings in the biggest quake to hit the country in 25 years.

The Taiwanese fire authority says in addition to the trapped workers, at least nine people have been killed, the AP reported.

Sixty-four people are trapped in one quarry and 6 people in another, according to the AP.

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It’s unclear how the workers became trapped or how they will need to be rescued.

CNN reported that 137 people remained trapped in highway tunnels on Wednesday morning; 75 people who were stranded were rescued, the outlet reported.

Taiwan’s national fire agency posted on X, formerly Twitter, that a total of 152 people are trapped across the country, 9 people have died, and 946 people have been injured.

Authorities told the AP that they’ve lost contact with 50 people who were traveling in mini buses through Hualien’s Taroko National Park. Three hikers died in landslides in the park, and a van driver died after boulders crushed his vehicle, the AP reported.

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