Latest News:  

English>>China Society

4 killed in Taiwan earthquake


19:40, June 03, 2013

Lu Pei-ling, deputy director of the Taiwan Seismological Center, briefs the press about the Nantou quake, in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, June 2, 2013. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)

TAIPEI, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The 6.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Nantou County in Taiwan on Sunday afternoon has left four people dead, according to the island's disaster response authorities.

By Monday morning, another three people had been confirmed severely injured and 17 others sustained minor injuries.

Currently, 18,810 people across 840 mainland tourist groups are travelling in Taiwan. Of the total, 817 people in 33 groups were in Nantou at the time of the quake.

There have been no reports of casualties or injuries among visitors from the mainland, said the authorities.

Located in central Taiwan, Nantou County is mostly surrounded by mountains. Nantou's Riyuetan ("Sun Moon Lake") scenic attraction is quite popular with mainland visitors, according to Man Hongwei, head of the Taipei office of the Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits.

The quake damaged the archway of Wenwu Temple in Riyuetan, but fortunately, no one was killed or injured, said Man.

Cable-car services at the scenic spot were suspended immediately after the quake, and inspections and repair work are ongoing.

The quake also led to falling rock that blocked the main road of Tianzhu Mountans Tianti ("Ladder to Heaven") scenic spot and the Eight Diagram Tea Garden. It also disrupted communications and transport.

Some visitors were trapped there briefly. Following emergency repairs, about 100 trapped visitors had already been moved from the affected area by early Monday morning.

We Recommend:

State-owned barbershop dying out

China’s weekly story (2013.5.18- 5.24)

Wine club: a new way of life in the city

Left-behind children, victims of school violence

White angels in Chongqing South West Hospital

Baby abandoned in toilet pipe rescued

Children in rural areas: Fewer toys, more joy

Chinese-style hurdlers in street

Left-behind children before Children's Day

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:DuMingming、Wang Jinxue)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Mechanized infantry brigade in drill

  2. Navy's sea training taskforce in drill

  3. International Children's Day around world

  4. Photo story: Mask girl's hard life

  5. Oil tank blast causes casualties in NE China

  6. Cute tiger cubs taken under patronage

  7. Xinghua village by the Great Wall

  8. Facial makeup of Peking Opera

  9. Fortune Global Forum to be held in Chengdu

  10. View of Hefei Xinqiao International Airport

Most Popular


  1. Exit from QE in U.S. not to be a problem
  2. Yuan may continue to appreciate
  3. Benefits of Shuanghui's meat deal
  4. News Analysis: No need to pit China against US
  5. China, US should head towards the same direction
  6. Stronger dollar serves as damper on gold prices
  7. Who needs a diploma? just want to marry rich
  8. Acquisition to sharpen Shuanghui's edge
  9. Manipulative kids seek gifts on Children's Day
  10. Japan, India eager to forge closer ties

What’s happening in China

Photo story: Mask girl's hard life

  1. China allocates 110 mln yuan to flood-hit areas
  2. 90 pct Chinese parents support sex education
  3. Unmarried mothers would be fined by new law
  4. Central China colliery blast kills 10
  5. Prostitution site lured half-million