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Madonna sends condolences to those affected by Taiwan quake

2016/02/07 00:16:15

(CNA photo Feb. 4, 2016)

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) American pop icon Madonna on Saturday night offered her condolences to those affected by a powerful earthquake in southern Taiwan early that day during a concert in Taipei.

"Before I go on, I just want to say how crazy last night was. I've experienced earthquakes before in Los Angeles, but I was on the ground, not on the 17th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel," the pop singer told her thousands of fans at the Rebel Heart concert at Taipei Arena.

She said the experience was "scary" but thankfully her team and people at the concert on Saturday were safe.

"We're very blessed and also I want to say my condolences to any of the families of the people who lost their lives, people who lost their homes," she said. "I'm very sorry. We're very sorry. Let's remember them and let's remember how lucky we are."

Madonna received a huge applause from the crowd for her remarks, which she made after singing "Take a Bow" for her fans.

As of 9:52 p.m. Saturday, 14 people have died and 153 people remained unaccounted for after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit southern Taiwan at 3:57 a.m.

Madonna's concert on Saturday began 43 minutes earlier than her first Taipei concert on Thursday.

During the 140-minute show, Madonna rocked her fans with hit songs including "Like a Virgin," "Material Girl" and "Bitch I'm Madonna," before ending the night on a high note draped in Taiwan's national flag.

Her two concerts in Taipei, held on Thursday and Saturday, attracted a total of 24,000 fans.

(By Christie Chen and Wang Ching-yi; click here for the full coverage of the earthquke aftermath.)

Check Madonna's first Taipei concert here