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Chinese tourist dies in hospital from quake injury in Hualien

2018/02/08 00:17:55

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) A 40-year-old woman from Xiamen City in China died between 8 and 9 p.m. Wednesday from severe head injuries incurred in the Hualien earthquake, according to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Hospital in downtown Hualien.

The woman, identified only by the surname Yu (余), was on a visit to Taiwan with her son when the magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck late Tuesday night.

Yu sustained a head injury when the residential building they were staying at partially collapsed during the earthquake, while her son escaped with minor scratches.

Yu's husband traveled from China to Hualien on Wednesday with the assistance of the Kinmen County government.

Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) spokesperson Kuan An-lu (管安露) said SEF personnel have also accompanied Yu's husband to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Hospital to assist in funeral arrangements.

The SEF is the semi-official body that handles cross-strait affairs.

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, the death toll in the earthquake had risen to seven, with 260 injured and 67 others unaccounted for, in the deadly earthquake that struck Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday, according to the Hualien Emergency Operations Center.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked Hualien at about midnight Tuesday with the epicenter of the temblor at sea, about 18.3 kilometers north of Hualien County Hall, at the relatively shallow depth of 10 km, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

(By Miao Zong-han, Wang Cheng-chung and William Yen)