Back to list

South Korean woman thanks rescuers after being trapped for 9 hours

2018/02/07 18:41:52

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) A South Korean woman in her 50s thanked rescuers and medical personnel for saving her after being trapped inside a partially collapsed building for more than nine hours following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday.

The 58-year-old woman, surnamed Kim (金), was rescued from the Yun Men Tsui Ti commercial/residential building (雲門翠堤大樓) in downtown Hualien at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

According to Kim's account, she was scrolling through her phone on the couch at around midnight when the earthquake hit.

In a few seconds, the whole room sank, Kim said, so she stayed on the couch and waited to be rescued.

Kim said she kept screaming but no one came for a long time.

Using her phone she called Taiwanese friends for help, telling them that she was in the fifth apartment on the ninth floor.

However, the tilt of the partially collapsed building made it difficult for the disaster response team to reach her and Kim said she was told when they did that the ninth floor was now on the level previously occupied by the first or second floors of the building.



Kim held up a crucifix while being interviewed at the hospital and attributed her rescue to God.

(By Worthy Shen, Wang Chao-yu and Kuan-lin Liu)
Enditem/AW
Related:
Hualien earthquake latest: 6 dead, 258 injured, 76 missing
President Tsai, other donors pledge millions in quake relief
Japanese FM sends condolences to Taiwan over Hualien earthquake
China offers to provide Taiwan with earthquake relief aid
Government to offer 'consolation money' to earthquake victims
Honduran president, foreign reps offer condolences after earthquake
Hualien earthquake pattern 'unprecedented': CWB
2 Chinese tourists injured in Hualien earthquake
31 foreign nationals affected in Hualien earthquake
South Korean woman rescued from damaged building in Hualien
President promises all-out effort to rescue earthquake victims
Hualien earthquake leaves highways closed, bridges damaged
Schools, offices closed in Hualien due to earthquake
Man rescued from collapsed hotel in quake-struck Hualien
Military joins rescue mission in Hualien after strong quake
Magnitude 6.0 quake jolts eastern Taiwan
China offers to provide Taiwan with earthquake relief aid