Taiwan earthquake search and rescue efforts continue with dozens still listed missing and 10 confirmed dead

Taiwan earthquake relief efforts continue

Relief efforts continue after Taiwan earthquake


Rescuers were searching Thursday for dozens of people still missing after Taiwan was hit by its strongest earthquake in decades. At least 10 people were confirmed killed by the 7.4 magnitude tremor which struck as people were heading to work on Wednesday.

Severe damage was reported all around the island, and intense rescue efforts were still underway to find the missing.

Dashcam video captured the harrowing moments when boulders crashed down a steep mountainside on a highway, barreling into a car and prompting other drivers to retreat hastily from the area.

More than 1,000 people were injured by the quake, and as of Thursday, more than 100 people remained missing on the mountainous island.

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Taiwan
Rescue teams demolish a building severely damaged following an earthquake, April 4, 2024, in Hualien, Taiwan.


In a remote valley, a drone spotted a group of miners stranded on a cliff when the earthquake triggered landslides that destroyed all the roads.

CBS News’ partner network, BBC News, was in the epicenter of the earthquake zone, where severe damage was apparent. Residents feared an aftershock could completely topple a building that was leaning at an angle of about 45 degrees because of the quake.

Workers were busy trying to reinforce the base to stabilize it even as rescuers carefully searched the building for possible survivors.

Emergency personnel stand in front of a partially collapsed building leaning over a street in Hualien, Taiwan, April 3, 2024, after a major earthquake hit the island.


The earthquake struck just as children were starting their school day, including the 8-year-old daughter of American Kevin Geiger.

“The teachers were like, ‘Go under the table, under the table!'” Claire said of her dramatic morning.

“I was really happy that she was calm and not panicking,” her father said.

Taiwan was still feeling aftershocks Thursday, but Claire told CBS News she wasn’t afraid because her school taught her what to do.


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