Japan Team Starts Rescue Activities in Quake-Hit Taiwan (News)


Taipei, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)—A seven-member Japanese team on Thursday started to search for people believed to be trapped in a building which tilted due to Tuesday's powerful earthquake in Taiwan.

The team arrived in the eastern Taiwan city of Hualien earlier on Thursday.

"Although the situation is difficult, we'll do our best," said one of the members, Yoneda Makiko, an official of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Relief Division.

Aftershocks are intermittently hitting Hualien, which is close to the focus of the 6.4-magnitude main shock that struck late Tuesday night.

The team, also including experts from the National Police Agency and the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, is working to find the missing people utilizing expertise gained from the 9.0-magniture earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 and other disasters.

A tilting building in Hualien, Taiwan, where a seven-member Japanese team has joined rescue efforts. Photo taken on February 7, 2018. (© Jiji)

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