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31 foreign nationals affected in Hualien earthquake

2018/02/07 13:23:50

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) A total of 31 foreign nationals have been affected by the powerful earthquake that struck Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.

Among the 31, there were 14 South Koreans, nine Japanese, two Czechs, two Singaporeans, and one Filipino. The nationalities of the three others have yet to be confirmed, the MOFA said in a statement.

The two Singaporeans and 13 of the Koreans were in a temporary shelter at a stadium in Hualien. Only one of the 15, a Korean, suffered minor injuries.

The other 16 foreign nationals received treatment for various injuries at four different hospitals in the Hualien area, and were later discharged or will soon be discharged from the hospital, according to the statement.

The injuries ranged from wrist and foot injuries to dry powder inhalation.

The ministry was not clear if these foreign nationals were staying at the partially collapsed Marshal Hotel or Yun Men Tsui Ti commercial/residential building (that was home to a small backpacker's hotel) when the temblor struck.

One Korean woman living in the Yun Men Tsui Ti building was rescued at about 10 a.m.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday has left at least four people dead, 225 injured and 143 unaccounted for, according to the latest report released by the Central Emergency Operation Center.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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