Search and rescue operations continue in Taiwan earthquake, dozens still missing and 10 confirmed dead

Emergency workers were searching for dozens of people who were still missing Thursday Taiwan was hit by its powerful earthquake Over the decades. At least 10 people were killed in the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that hit people on their way to work on Wednesday.

Heavy damage has been reported around the island, and intensive rescue operations are ongoing to find missing people.

Dashcam video captured the terrifying moments when boulders hit a highway on a steep mountain pass, plowing into a car and prompting other drivers to make a hasty retreat from the area.

More than 1,000 people were injured in the quake, and as of Thursday, more than 100 people were still missing across the mountainous island.

Rescue teams demolish a heavily damaged building following an earthquake in Hualien, Taiwan on April 4, 2024.

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In a remote valley, a drone spotted a group of miners stranded on a cliff when an earthquake triggered landslides that destroyed all roads.

CBS News partner network BBC News was in the epicenter of the quake zone, where local residents told reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes they were worried that an aftershock could completely topple a building tilted at about a 45-degree angle by the quake.

Even as rescuers carefully searched the building for any survivors, workers were busy trying to stabilize the site.

Emergency workers stand in front of a partially collapsed building after a major earthquake struck the island in Hualien City, Taiwan, on April 3, 2024.


The children, including the 8-year-old daughter of Kevin Geiger from the United States, were starting their school day when the earthquake struck.

„The teachers said, 'Get under the desk, get under the desk'!” Claire told of her dramatic morning.

„I was very happy that she was calm and not afraid,” her father said.

Taiwan was still feeling the tremors Thursday, but Claire told CBS News she wasn't afraid because her school taught her what to do.

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