Watch Live Coverage Of 6.4-Magnitude Earthquake In Taiwan


Jetsetters in Taiwan will not be able to travel anywhere south of Taichung (third largest city in Taiwan, situated in the south of Taipei.)

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This was not the pre-Chinese New Year celebration that Taiwanese were hoping for. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the south of Taiwan around 3 a.m. Sleeping in my home in Taipei, I woke up in the middle of the night, praying our neighbor Taipei 101 (one of the tallest buildings in the world) wouldn’t collapse on our apartment complex.

Our apartment was shaking for a long while, despite that we are 5-hour by car away from where the actual earthquake was occurring.

Taiwan’s earthquake demanded rescue workers – especially in Tainan and Kaohsiung – to act quickly before sunrise to rescue victims stuck in buildings and residential homes.

Power was out, buildings crashed.

My phone showed texts of 300+ people missing in a collapsed building in Tainan as one person was seen clambering from shambles. Live coverage from rescue efforts on Saturday morning are plastered on every TV channel in Taiwan, which you can follow, as seen above.

A residential building toppled in Tainan (4 hours by car from Taipei,) it had 60 families/240 people living inside. Firefights at the scene aiding hundreds of victims trapped in debris.

There hasn’t been any reports on the total number of injured or dead.

At 7 a.m., as my Facebook feed was crowded with cousins and friends marking “safe” on their statuses, local government was setting up emergency response center.

There were four aftershocks in the surrounding area. Both High Speed Rail stations and highways located in south of Taiwan are shut down.

In Taiwan, many locals who typically live in Taipei (the country’s capital) travel south to celebrate Chinese New Year with families and pay homage to ancestors. Similar to Americans traveling home during Thanksgiving or Christmas, Chinese New Year is the busiest travel season in Taiwan and China. Many who have yet to arrive in the south of Taiwan may need to detour.

Watch the live coverage above.

Are you in Taiwan during the earthquake? Let us know in the comments.


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