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Τουλάχιστον τέσσερις νεκροί από τον σεισμό

Τουλάχιστον τέσσερις άνθρωποι έχασαν τη ζωή τους από τον σεισμό στην Ταϊβάν.

Η εθνική πυροσβεστική υπηρεσία ανέφερε ότι τέσσερις άνθρωποι έχασαν τη ζωή τους στην κομητεία Χουαλιέν.

Ο Χουαλιέν βρισκόταν κοντά στο επίκεντρο του σεισμού που σημειώθηκε γύρω στις 8 το πρωί της Τετάρτης.

Μερίδιο

It’s 12:43pm in Taipei and Hualien, and we are now pausing this blog.

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But first, here is a summary of what we know so far:

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  • At least four people are now reported to have been killed in Taiwan’s earthquake. The national fire agency said they died in Hualien County. Hualien was near the epicenter of the quake.

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  • Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the island’s eastern coast at 7:58am local time on Wednesday, causing buildings to collapse and triggering landslides.

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  • The earthquake also prompted tsunami warnings on the island as well as southern Japan and northern Philippines – though both Japan and the Philippines have since lifted their warnings.

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  • The quake’s epicentre was located 25km southeast of the city of Hualien, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration.

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  • Japan’s meteorological agency gave a magnitude of 7.7, while Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency registered 7.2.

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  • A fire department official in Hualien county said that “two buildings had collapsed and some people are believed to be trapped”.

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  • In a televised national briefing, Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said 26 buildings were reported “to tilt or collapse”, though it gave no details on the location of the structures.

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  • Earlier, Taiwan’s fire department said more than 50 were injured, while local media reported residents were trapped inside collapsed buildings in the city of Hualien.

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  • Taiwan’s electricity operator – Taipower- has said more than 87,000 people across the country are now without power.

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  • Train lines were damaged, and schools and workplaces were closed across large areas of Hualien. Across Taiwan, more than 87,000 households were without power.

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  • Violent shaking was felt in the capital Taipei, with aftershocks continuing throughout the day. The city’s subway service was briefly suspended, and some offices and schools said they would send staff home for the day.

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  • TSMC, Taiwan’s leading manufacturer of advance chips, responsible for the production of most of the world’s advanced semiconductors, also evacuated its production lines.

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  • Japan’s Meterological Agency warned of aftershocks of similar intensity to those felt in Taiwan may be likely over the next week.

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  • Global internet monitor Netblocks has said that internet outages were being registered in parts of Taiwan after the quake.

    With Rebecca Ratcliffe

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At least four people are now reported to have been killed in Taiwan’s earthquake.

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The national fire agency said four people died in Hualien County.

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Hualien was near the epicenter of the quake that struck at about 8am on Wednesday.

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A fire department official in Hualien county – near the epicentre of the earthquake – has told Agence France-Presse that “two buildings had collapsed and some people are believed to be trapped”.

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In a televised national briefing, Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said 26 buildings were reported “to tilt or collapse”, though it gave no details on the location of the structures.

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The Philippines’ seismology agency has cancelled its tsunami warning, saying “Based on available data of our sea level monitoring stations facing the epicentral area, no significant sea level disturbances have been recorded since 07:58am up until this cancellation.”

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It added that “any effects due to the tsunami warning have largely passed” and that the agency had cancelled all tsunami warnings issued for this event.

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Here are some basic points on what we know so far about Taiwan’s earthquake:

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  • The earthquake struck at 7:58 am local time, about 18km south-southwest of Hualien

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  • It was about 35 km (21 miles) deep, according to Associated Press

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  • Japan has put the earthquake at 7.7 magnitude

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  • Tsunami warnings and advisories had been issued – but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that the threat from Taiwan’s earthquake “has now passed”.

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The latest just coming in – Japan has lifted all tsunami advisories after the earthquake, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

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Earlier it was reported that Japan had downgraded its forecast and Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi had urged the residents in the Okinawa region to stay on safe ground until all tsunami advisories were lifted.

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We are getting our first casualty figures coming through. The Reuters news agency is reporting that one person has died and more than 50 people are injured after the earthquake – that’s according to the Taiwan fire department.

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We’ll bring you more when we get it.

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The tsunami threat from the earthquake has now passed according to the Pacific tsunami warning center.

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The centre’s website has a post saying “No tsunami warning, advisory, watch or threat” on the Taiwan quake.

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The tsunami waves that had arrived by late morning were not as high as forecast, and the alert was downgraded to an advisory.

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But an official from Japan’s meteorological agency urged people to continue evacuating until the advisory was lifted.

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Public broadcaster NHK said some residents of the main Okinawa island had evacuated to a nearby US military base, while footage showed others watching the sea from the safety of high ground in the prefectural capital Naha.

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Taiwan’s electricity operator – Taipower- has said more than 87,000 people across the country are now without power, according to the Reuters news agency.

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Earlier we were hearing that 10,000 households were without power and it was reported that restoration operations were currently underway.

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Buildings in Taipei have continued to shake after an aftershock, according to the Reuters news agency.

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Meanwhile, Japan’s Meterological Agency is warning people to be vigilant for aftershocks of similar intensity for around a week.

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Here is the latest from our reporter Gregor Hunter in Taipei on what Taiwan’s central weather bureau says is the country’s worse quake since 1999:

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Violent shaking was felt in the capital Taipei, with aftershocks continuing throughout the day.

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The quake struck during the morning rush hour, prompting a brief suspension of the city’s subway service, and some offices and schools said they would send staff home for the day.

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Our south-east Asia correspondent Rebecca Ratcliffe has more detail on the warnings in the Philippines:

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The tsunami warning issued by the Philippine authorities relates to people in coastal areas of the following provinces: the Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Isabela.

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The Batanes island group is the northernmost province of the Philippines, and is closer to Taiwan than to the northern tip of Luzon, the Philippines’ largest and most populous island, which sits at the northern part of the archipelago. Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Isabela are all located in the north of Luzon.

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Residents in these coastal areas of these provinces have been “strongly advised” to immediately evacuate to higher grounds or move farther inland.

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In the latest – the Japan Meteorological Agency has revised up Taiwan’s earthquake magnitude to 7.7, from 7.5, according to the Reuters news agency.

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Taiwan’s central news agency is reporting that nearly 10,00 households are without power with restoration operations currently under way.

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Meanwhile, some of the first video of the aftermath is being posted on social media – this is also from central news agency:

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Beibin Street, Hualien City, Hualien County, eastern Taiwan. #earthquake pic.twitter.com/J9jJIToCxZ

— Focus Taiwan (CNA English News) (@Focus_Taiwan) April 3, 2024

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According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration, the epicentre of the quake was 25km southeast of Hualien:

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Bloomberg is reporting that the world’s largest producer of advanced chips has evacuated some factory areas.

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The financial publisher said the move could endanger production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

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Our Guardian reporter Chi Hui Lin has sent this from Miaoli, one hour’s drive from Taipei:

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Wednesday morning’s earthquake was the strongest since the 921 quake in 1999. Aftershocks continued to occur between 8 and 9 a.m.

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Social media was full of earthquake posts, with friends sharing information about their homes.

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Tiles peeled off the exteriors of old houses in Taipei City, water towers cracked, glass shattered and items fell.

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Teachers on campus took their students to an open area for shelter.

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At 8 am the phone rang with a tsunami alert: the earthquake-induced tsunami was expected to affect the coastal areas at 9:59am.

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Global internet monitor Netblocks has said that internet outages are being registered in parts of Taiwan after the quake.

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In a post on X the group said:

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The decline in network connectivity comes amid reports of power outages with a tsunami warning issued; nuclear regulator observes no issues with reactors at present

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⚠ Confirmed: Internet outages have been registered in parts of #Taiwan after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake; the decline in network connectivity comes amid reports of power outages with a tsunami warning issued; nuclear regulator observes no issues with reactors at present 📉 pic.twitter.com/7hERFHXU87

— NetBlocks (@netblocks) April 3, 2024

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People are trapped in collapsed buildings in Taiwan’s city of Hualien according to local media and the local government has suspended schools and classes in the region.

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According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration, the epicentre of the quake was 25km southeast of Hualien.

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Taipei’s metro was suspended for 40 to 60 minutes for routine safety checks, although there were no initial reports of irregularities and services had resumed by 8:45am.

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The Philippines’ seismology agency has a tsunami warning, warning people in coastal areas of several provinces to immediately evacuate to higher ground or move farther inland. It has issued the following evaluation:

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Based on tsunami wave models and early tide gauge records of the tsunami in the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, coastal areas in the Philippines fronting the Pacific Ocean are expected to experience high tsunami waves.

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It is forecasted that the first tsunami waves will arrive between 08:33 AM to 10:33 AM, 03 Apr 2024 (PST). It may not be the largest and these waves may continue for hours.

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Japan’s national broadcaster has issued an evacuation order – broadcasting warnings such as “Tsunami is coming. Please evacuate immediately,” an anchor on NHK said. “Do not stop. Do not go back”.

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“Evacuate!” said a banner on the broadcast channel.

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Tsunami waves as high as three metres were expected immediately for remote Japanese islands in the region, including Miyakojima island, Japan’s Meteorological Agency.

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Live TV footage from the Okinawa region’s ports, including Naha, showed vessels heading out to sea, possibly in efforts to protect their ships.

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Here is our latest map showing the general location of the earthquake:

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Here is an early image out of Taiwain from the aftermath of the earthquake:

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A witness has told the Reuters news agency that the earthquake was also felt in Shanghai, China.

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Chinese state media is reporting that it was felt in Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Ningde in China’s Fujian province.

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Television images are showing buildings in the city of Hualien shaken off their foundations after the earthquake.

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Elsewhere, the Islandwide train service has been suspended, as was subway service in Taipei.

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Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency gave the magnitude as 7.2 while the U.S. Geological Survey put it at 7.5. The depth was about 33km.

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The Philippines seismology agency has issued a tsunami warning as well after that strong Taiwan quake, with Philippine coastal areas fronting the Pacific Ocean expected to experience “high tsunami waves”, according to the Reuters news agency.

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People in the coastal areas in several provinces were advised to immediately evacuate to higher grounds or move farther inland, the advisory read.

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A tsunami advisory has been issued in southern Japan after a powerful earthquake struck near Taiwan on Wednesday morning, according to Japan’s meteorological agency (JMA).

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Television showed collapsing buildings in the eastern Taiwan city of Hualien.

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Japanese media said the magnitude 7.5 quake could trigger waves as high as 3 metres in some areas of Okinawa prefecture, located roughly 1,000 miles south of Tokyo.

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A 30 cm tsunami has reached Yonaguni Island at 9:18 am (0018 GMT), the JMA said.

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Announcers on public broadcaster NHK urged people not to go near the coast and to evacuate to higher areas, while warnings in English and Japanese appeared on the screen.

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Read our breaking story here:

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A powerful earthquake has hit off the coast of Taiwan, rocking the entire island and collapsing buildings in at least one town. I’m Reged Ahmad and I’ll be with you for the next while.

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Japan issued a tsunami alert for the southern Japanese island group of Okinawa, according to Associated Press.

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More on that in a moment but first – here’s a summary of what we know so far:

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  • Japan’s meteorological agency forecast a tsunami of up to 3 meters, or 9.8 feet for some areas.

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  • The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that a 30cm tsunami reached Yonaguni Island at 9:18 am (0018 GMT), Reuters reports.

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  • Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency gave the magnitude as 7.2 while the US Geological Survey put it at 7.5.

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  • Television have shown buildings in the eastern city of Hualien shaken off their foundations.

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  • The quake came at 7:58am local time and could be felt in the capital Taipei.

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Είναι 12:43 μ.μ. στην Ταϊπέι και το Χουαλιέν, και τώρα κάνουμε παύση αυτού του ιστολογίου.

Αλλά πρώτα, εδώ είναι μια περίληψη των όσων γνωρίζουμε μέχρι στιγμής:

  • Τουλάχιστον τέσσερις άνθρωποι έχασαν τη ζωή τους από τον σεισμό στην Ταϊβάν. Η εθνική πυροσβεστική υπηρεσία είπε ότι πέθαναν στην κομητεία Χουαλιέν. Ο Χουαλιέν βρισκόταν κοντά στο επίκεντρο του σεισμού.

  • Ο ισχυρότερος σεισμός της Ταϊβάν τα τελευταία 25 χρόνια πλήττει την ανατολική ακτή του νησιού στις 7:58 π.μ. τοπική ώρα την Τετάρτη, προκαλώντας κατάρρευση κτιρίων και κατολισθήσεις.

  • Ο σεισμός προκάλεσε επίσης προειδοποιήσεις για τσουνάμι στο νησί. καθώς και τη νότια Ιαπωνία και τις βόρειες Φιλιππίνες, αν και τόσο η Ιαπωνία όσο και οι Φιλιππίνες έκτοτε άρουν τις προειδοποιήσεις τους.

  • Το επίκεντρο του σεισμού εντοπίστηκε 25 χιλιόμετρα νοτιοανατολικά της πόλης Χουαλιέν, σύμφωνα με την Κεντρική Μετεωρολογική Υπηρεσία της Ταϊβάν..

  • Η μετεωρολογική υπηρεσία της Ιαπωνίας έδωσε μέγεθος 7,7 Ρίχτερενώ η υπηρεσία παρακολούθησης σεισμών της Ταϊβάν κατέγραψε 7,2.

  • Ένας αξιωματούχος της πυροσβεστικής της κομητείας Χουαλιέν είπε ότι «δύο κτίρια κατέρρευσαν και μερικοί άνθρωποι πιστεύεται ότι έχουν παγιδευτεί».

  • Σε τηλεοπτική ενημέρωση σε εθνικό επίπεδο, η Εθνική Πυροσβεστική Υπηρεσία της Ταϊβάν είπε ότι 26 κτίρια αναφέρθηκαν ότι «έτρεξαν ή κατέρρευσαν».αν και δεν έδωσε λεπτομέρειες για τη θέση των δομών.

  • Νωρίτερα, η πυροσβεστική υπηρεσία της Ταϊβάν ανακοίνωσε ότι περισσότεροι από 50 τραυματίστηκαν.ενώ τοπικά μέσα ενημέρωσης ανέφεραν ότι κάτοικοι εγκλωβίστηκαν μέσα σε κτίρια που κατέρρευσαν στην πόλη Χουαλιέν.

  • Η εταιρεία ηλεκτρικής ενέργειας της Ταϊβάν Taipower δήλωσε ότι περισσότεροι από 87.000 άνθρωποι σε όλη τη χώρα είναι τώρα χωρίς ηλεκτρικό ρεύμα.

  • Οι γραμμές των τρένων υπέστησαν ζημιές και τα σχολεία και οι χώροι εργασίας έκλεισαν. σε μεγάλες περιοχές του Hualien. Σε όλη την Ταϊβάν, περισσότερα από 87.000 σπίτια έμειναν χωρίς ρεύμα.

  • Βίαιες δονήσεις έγιναν αισθητές στην πρωτεύουσα Ταϊπέι και οι μετασεισμοί συνεχίστηκαν καθ’ όλη τη διάρκεια της ημέρας.. Η υπηρεσία του μετρό της πόλης ανεστάλη για λίγο και ορισμένα γραφεία και σχολεία είπαν ότι θα στείλουν το προσωπικό στο σπίτι για την ημέρα.

  • Η TSMC, ο κορυφαίος κατασκευαστής προηγμένων τσιπ της Ταϊβάν, υπεύθυνος για την παραγωγή των περισσότερων από τους προηγμένους ημιαγωγούς παγκοσμίως.Εκκένωσε επίσης τις γραμμές παραγωγής της.

  • Η Μετεωρολογική Υπηρεσία της Ιαπωνίας προειδοποίησε για μετασεισμούς παρόμοιας έντασης με αυτούς που έγιναν στην Ταϊβάν Αυτό είναι πιθανό να συμβεί την επόμενη εβδομάδα.

  • Η παγκόσμια παρακολούθηση διαδικτύου Netblocks είπε ότι σημειώθηκαν διακοπές στο διαδίκτυο σε περιοχές της Ταϊβάν μετά τον σεισμό.

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Αποκλεισμένη περιοχή μετά από ζημιές σε κτίριο στην Ταϊπέι. Φωτογραφία: –/CNA/AFP/Getty Images
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Τουλάχιστον τέσσερις νεκροί από τον σεισμό

Τουλάχιστον τέσσερις άνθρωποι έχασαν τη ζωή τους από τον σεισμό στην Ταϊβάν.

Η εθνική πυροσβεστική υπηρεσία ανέφερε ότι τέσσερις άνθρωποι έχασαν τη ζωή τους στην κομητεία Χουαλιέν.

Ο Χουαλιέν βρισκόταν κοντά στο επίκεντρο του σεισμού που σημειώθηκε γύρω στις 8 το πρωί της Τετάρτης.

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Περισσότερες από τις τελευταίες εικόνες των ζημιών που παρατηρήθηκαν στη Νέα Ταϊπέι:

Ζημιές σε κτίρια στην περιοχή Xindian της Νέας Ταϊπέι. Φωτογραφία: CNA/AFP/Getty Images
Εργαζόμενοι έκτακτης ανάγκης βοηθούν έναν επιζώντα μετά τη διάσωσή του από ένα κατεστραμμένο κτίριο. Φωτογραφία: CNA/AFP/Getty Images
Τα σωστικά συνεργεία αναζητούν επιζώντες που μπορεί να έχουν παγιδευτεί. Φωτογραφία: CNA/AFP/Getty Images
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Ζημιές και συντρίμμια διακρίνονται στις εγκαταστάσεις του Αίθουσα μνήμης Chiang Kai-shek στην Ταϊπέι, εθνικό μνημείο και τουριστικό αξιοθέατο:

Ένα οδόφραγμα υψώθηκε γύρω από τα ερείπια στην αίθουσα μνήμης Chiang Kai-shek στην Ταϊπέι. Φωτογραφία: CNA/AFP/Getty Images
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Ο δημοσιογράφος του Guardian Γκρέγκορ Χάντερ σχετικά με το τελευταίο ρεπορτάζ από την Ταϊπέι:

Ζημιές ήταν ορατές σε ορισμένα κτίρια στο κέντρο της Ταϊπέι το πρωί της Τετάρτης, συμπεριλαμβανομένου του εξωτερικού του ξενοδοχείου Howard Plaza, όπου ο σεισμός κατέστρεψε τούβλα στο εξωτερικό του και απομάκρυνε μερικά από τα γράμματα από την πινακίδα του ξενοδοχείου.

Ο Mike Hung Hsu, ένας επισκέπτης στο ξενοδοχείο, είπε ότι ο σεισμός τον ξύπνησε κατά τη διάρκεια επίσκεψης στην Ταϊβάν από τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες.

«Δεν έχω νιώσει ποτέ τέτοιου είδους σεισμό στο Λος Άντζελες, παρόλο που έχουμε σεισμούς αρκετά συχνά», είπε.

«Έζησα στην Ταϊβάν και, στη μνήμη μου, δεν είχαμε ποτέ τέτοιο σεισμό».

Είπε ότι η οικογένειά του ακύρωσε ένα προγραμματισμένο τουριστικό ταξίδι στην κομητεία Yilan, κοντά στο Hualien στην ανατολική ακτή του νησιού, καθώς δεν υπήρχε τρόπος να ταξιδέψει κανείς με τα μέσα μαζικής μεταφοράς.

Τα σωστικά συνεργεία αναζητούν επιζώντες που έχουν παγιδευτεί σε ένα κατεστραμμένο κτίριο στη Νέα Ταϊπέι. Φωτογραφία: CNA/AFP/Getty Images
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Ο ρεπόρτερ μας στην Ταϊβάν, Τσι Χούι Λιν, μας έστειλε αυτή τη μεταφρασμένη ειδοποίηση ότι Ο πρόεδρος της Ταϊβάν Τσάι Ινγκ-γουέν ανάρτησε στη σελίδα του στο Facebook αναλυτικά την αντίδραση της χώρας στην καταστροφή:

Έχει ιδρυθεί το Κεντρικό Κέντρο Αντιμετώπισης Καταστροφών και διάφορα υπουργεία αναφέρουν την κατάσταση σε διάφορα σημεία, γι’ αυτό παρακαλούμε να δώσετε προσοχή στις διάφορες πληροφορίες που δημοσιεύονται από αξιωματούχους ανά πάσα στιγμή και να ελέγξετε προσεκτικά τυχόν νέα που σχετίζονται με τον σεισμό.

Θα ήθελα επίσης να υπενθυμίσω σε όλους ότι ορισμένα τρένα υψηλής ταχύτητας της Ταϊβάν (THSR) έχουν καθυστερήσει. Για όσους μετακινούνται, παρακαλούμε να δώσετε προσοχή στην κατάσταση των λειτουργιών του MRT και των σιδηροδρόμων της Ταϊβάν σε διάφορες τοποθεσίες.

Επίσης, υπήρξαν αρκετοί μετασεισμοί σήμερα το πρωί και θα ήθελα να υπενθυμίσω σε όλους να μην παίρνουν προς το παρόν το ασανσέρ και να προσέχουν περισσότερο την ασφάλεια.

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Η τελευταία μας βίντεο αναφορά για τον σεισμό στην Ταϊβάν:

Κτίρια καταρρέουν και άνθρωποι διασώθηκαν καθώς ισχυρός σεισμός συγκλονίζει την Ταϊβάν – βίντεο

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Καθώς συνεχίζουμε να λαμβάνουμε ενημερώσεις για το τι συμβαίνει Hualienπου βρίσκεται κοντά στο επίκεντρο του σεισμού, ο ρεπόρτερ μας Γκρέγκορ Χάντερ δίνει μια εικόνα για το πώς είναι η πόλη σε κανονικούς καιρούς:

Το Hualien είναι μια γοητευτική παραθαλάσσια πόλη που βρίσκεται ανάμεσα στις οροσειρές της Ταϊβάν στην ανατολική ακτή του νησιού.

Προσελκύει τακτικά τουρίστες από άλλα μέρη του νησιού για την εκπληκτική φυσική ομορφιά του γύρω τοπίου, συμπεριλαμβανομένου του κοντινού Εθνικού Πάρκου Φαραγγιού Taroko, και φιλοξενεί επίσης έναν πλούτο της Ταϊβανέζικης κουλτούρας των αυτοχθόνων μαζί με τα καταφύγια με σακίδια και τα καταστήματα σερφ.

Η θέση της πόλης στην ανεμοδαρμένη ανατολική ακτή της δίνει λίγο καταφύγιο πίσω από την οροσειρά που προστατεύει την υπόλοιπη Ταϊβάν από τους τυφώνες που σαρώνουν από τον Ειρηνικό Ωκεανό.

Υπάρχουν μόνο λίγες οδικές και σιδηροδρομικές συνδέσεις και δεν υπάρχουν στάσεις στη σιδηροδρομική υπηρεσία υψηλής ταχύτητας που συνδέει πόλεις κατά μήκος της πιο βιομηχανοποιημένης δυτικής ακτής του νησιού, αν και οι παράκτιοι δρόμοι του το κάνουν αγαπημένο στους ταξιδιώτες, τους ποδηλάτες.

Η πόλη φιλοξενεί επίσης μια μεγάλη αεροπορική βάση, από όπου τα ταϊβανέζικα μαχητικά αεροσκάφη F-16 πετούν τακτικά για να αναχαιτίσουν κινεζικές αεροπορικές επιδρομές.

Ο τελευταίος μεγάλος σεισμός στο Hualien σημειώθηκε το 2022, όταν ένας σεισμός μεγέθους 6,9 βαθμών της κλίμακας Ρίχτερ γκρέμισε κτίρια και εκτροχιάστηκε ένα τρένο, σκοτώνοντας ένα άτομο και κόβοντας το ρεύμα σε χιλιάδες κατοίκους.

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26 κτίρια αναφέρθηκαν ότι «έτρεξαν ή κατέρρευσαν»

Αξιωματούχος της πυροσβεστικής στην κομητεία Χουαλιέν, κοντά στο επίκεντρο του σεισμού, δήλωσε στο Γαλλικό Πρακτορείο ότι «δύο κτίρια κατέρρευσαν και μερικοί άνθρωποι πιστεύεται ότι έχουν παγιδευτεί».

Σε μια εθνική τηλεοπτική ενημέρωση, η κυβέρνηση της Ταϊβάν Εθνική Πυροσβεστική Υπηρεσία ρητό 26 κτίρια Αναφέρθηκε ότι «έτρεξαν ή κατέρρευσαν», αν και δεν δόθηκαν λεπτομέρειες σχετικά με τη θέση των κατασκευών.

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Οι Φιλιππίνες ακυρώνουν την προειδοποίηση για τσουνάμι

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Η υπηρεσία σεισμολογίας των Φιλιππίνων ακύρωσε την προειδοποίησή της για τσουνάμι, λέγοντας: «Με βάση τα διαθέσιμα δεδομένα από τους σταθμούς παρακολούθησης της στάθμης της θάλασσας έξω από την επικεντρική περιοχή, δεν έχουν καταγραφεί σημαντικές διαταραχές της στάθμης της θάλασσας από τις 07:58 π.μ. μέχρι αυτήν την ακύρωση».

Πρόσθεσε ότι «οποιεσδήποτε επιπτώσεις λόγω της προειδοποίησης για τσουνάμι έχουν περάσει σε μεγάλο βαθμό» και ότι η υπηρεσία είχε ακυρώσει όλες τις προειδοποιήσεις για τσουνάμι που εκδόθηκαν για αυτό το συμβάν.

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Βασικά σημεία

Ακολουθούν ορισμένα βασικά στοιχεία για όσα γνωρίζουμε μέχρι στιγμής για τον σεισμό στην Ταϊβάν:

  • Ο σεισμός σημειώθηκε στο 07:58 τοπική ώρασχετικά με 18 χλμ νότια-νοτιοδυτικά του Hualien

  • ήταν περίπου 35 χλμ (21 μίλια) βάθος, σύμφωνα με το Associated Press

  • Η Ιαπωνία έβαλε τον σεισμό 7.7 μέγεθος

  • Είχαν εκδοθεί προειδοποιήσεις και προειδοποιήσεις για τσουνάμι, αλλά το Κέντρο προειδοποίησης για τσουνάμι του Ειρηνικού Είπε ότι η απειλή του σεισμού στην Ταϊβάν «έχει ήδη παρέλθει».

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