It is horrific to wake up looking at a world that is off its axis, human establishments around you rumbled to dust. Late night on Tuesday, February 6th, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s coastal city of Hualien, killing 7 and injuring hundreds while still many are missing. While the aftershocks are still trembling the rescue teams, help from around the world is flocking up.
Two days since the Hualien earthquake hit the coastal Taiwanese city, and over 140 people are still reported to be missing. Rescuers are continuously trying to save people trapped under rumble and toppling buildings and find those who are unaccounted, risking their own lives with the threats caused by aftershocks. Video footages and videos show how buildings have tilted several buildings at precarious angles, their lowest floors crushed into mangled heaps of concrete, shattered glass, bent iron beams and other debris. Firefighters and rescuers can still be seen climbing ladders hoisted against windows as they sought to reach residents inside apartments. Strong aftershocks continued to strike sending rescue teams scurrying from the building, only for them to return a little while later and resume their grim task.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry announced that it will be sending a team of seven experts to assist in the rescue effort in areas affected deadly magnitude 6.0 earthquake. As per the Taiwan ministry, 19 countries and the European Union – including U.S., Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the Vatican, the UK, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, St. Lucia, Haiti, Honduras, Turkey – have offered providing relief supplies and sending over rescue teams to the worst hit areas in Taiwan.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen moved to reassure the Taiwanese public that every effort would be made to look for survivors. And help is flocking up from all across the world. China’s Red Cross Society has pledged a donation $159,107 to Taiwan Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake. The Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) has received generous donations from various expatriate Taiwanese around the world to help the victims. A Taiwanese expatriate in Southeast Asia, who did not wish to be named, donating up to $100,000. The Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland (ATIEM), pledged a donation of $20,000.