April 18, 2019– Mary Greeley News – TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck eastern Taiwan’s Hualien County at 1:01 p.m. today, April 18, 2019.
The Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung suffered a minor hand injury when his hand was caught in a metal framed door during the earthquake.
Also, another worker at the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) offices suffered a mild injury.
The MOHW today announced that the temblor caused ceiling tiles, air vents, and chunks of steel framing to fall on a few of the floors of the ministry’s headquarters in Taipei’s Nangang District. As the quake delivered intensity level 4 shock waves to Taipei, Chen braced a steel doorway, and his hand was “pinched” when the steel frame of a doorway came loose.
The largest earthquake, the bronze door of Hualien was as high as 7 and even the Taipei level was 4, causing serious disaster. Unexpectedly, 9 hours later, the US Geological Survey (USGS) observed late-night 6.5 shallow earthquakes on the outskirts of Australia’s southern coast. No tsunami warnings were issued.
Taiwan News reported that after the quake ended, Chen then quickly rushed to the 8th floor, where much of the ceiling tiles and steel framing had collapsed from the ceiling. Public Relations Director Wang Che-chao told Up Media that the most extensive damage occurred on the 12th floor, the building’s top floor.
Wang said the departments which suffered the most damage was to the Social and Family Affairs Administration and the Department of Long-Term Care. Fallen ceiling tiles were seen scattered about on 9th, 10th, and 11th floors.
Damaged sustained today inside ministry. (MOHW photo)
Wang said that after the incident, Chen immediately inspected the worst-damaged sections of the building. He then ordered hospitals responsible for first aid and many emergency medical and rescue organizations to conduct a comprehensive inventory.
All trains in Taipei were stopped due to earthquake, fortunately there was not serious damage or casualties.
Hospitals affiliated with the ministry, local health center, homes for the elderly, and clinics have been ordered to promptly provide a damage report. If any damage or injuries have been found, they will be announced to the public.
The Malaysian male injured by falling rocks in Hualien’s Taroko Gorge has resumed breathing after receiving emergency care at a hospital in Hualien. It was orginaly reported he had died. The female also injured is a Taiwan-based Malaysian national. It was previously reported that she is Taiwanese. The woman also hit by falling rocks has suffered injuries to her head.
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