You must have heard about the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. Well, this is 100x more frightening! A free-standing tower’s foundation collapsed partly in Taiwan and left the building tilted dangerously at an extreme angle. After tremors, measured at 6.4 magnitude, shook the nation, one of the apartment buildings tilted. The jolts were so powerful that it slanted the building. The Yun Men Tsui Ti block of flats near Taiwan’s east coast was left leaning at 45 degrees angle after the earthquake on Tuesday. The Yun Men Tsui Ti complex houses an apartment block, a restaurant, shops and a hostel as well. The quake left the 12-storey building leaning to one side with its lower floors crushed. Horrifically, as per media reports, 147 of the 213 residents from the building remained unaccounted for. The building has been evacuated for safety reasons.
President Tsai Ing-wen visited the site Wednesday morning, where officials were going room by room looking for anyone trapped inside. Four mobile cranes had been brought in on the back of trucks to help prop up the structure. As per reports, many hospitals and hotels have also been damaged due to the massive quake. Notably, several secondary quakes hit the area. Fortunately, no tsunami warnings have been issued as yet.
Notably, apart from the Yun Men Tsui Ti block, five other buildings met a worse fate after the powerful quake. As per media reports, at least seven people were killed and injured and more than 260 have been injured due to the earthquake. The authorities are suspecting many people to be missing as well after the quake.
Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes. The island’s worst tremor in recent decades was a 7.6 magnitude quake in September 1999 that killed around 2,400 people.