Taipei, Two Chinese tourists visiting Hualien, were injured when a powerful earthquake hit the county in eastern Taiwan, late Tuesday, the Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) confirmed Wednesday.
According to the SEF, the semi-official body that handles cross-strait affairs, the mother and son are being treated at the Buddhist Tzu Chi Hospital in downtown Hualien City.
The magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked Hualien at about midnight Tuesday with the epicenter of the temblor at sea, about 18.3 kilometers north of Hualien County Hall, at the relatively shallow depth of 10km, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
The impact of the earthquake was magnified by its highest of 7 on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale -- which measures the severity of shaking -- in certain areas, causing several buildings, including an old hotel in Hualien City to partially collapse, leaving four dead, 225 injured and at least 145 people unaccounted for.
Among the injured, the 40-year-old Chinese mother, surnamed Yu (?), received a head injury though her son, surnamed Yan (?), suffered only minor scrapes. No information about the age of the son and where they were injured was immediately available.
According to the SEF, the injured Chinese tourists, who come from Fujian province, indicated that family members want to come to Taiwan as soon as possible to take care of them. The foundation indicated it would help them do so.
Chang Hsiao-yueh (???), head of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), which is in charge of Taiwan's mainland China policy, said it has sent personnel to assist the family of the injured Chinese nationals come to Taiwan.
According to the MAC, no information has been received about tourists from Hong Kong and Macau in Hualien at the time of the deadly earthquake.
SEF spokesperson Kuan An-lu (???) said the foundation has been trying to get more information on Chinese spouses living in Hualien.
Kuan said that so far, SEF is aware of only one Chinese spouse who was injured in the quake, emphasizing that the foundation will provide her with assistance if needed.
According to the SEF, 114 people injured in the earthquake have been sent to Buddhist Tzu Chi Hospital, 13 to Hualien Armed Forces General Hospital, 57 to the Mennonite Christian Hospital, 38 to Hualien Hospital under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, one to Taiwan Veterans General Hospital Fenglin branch, and two to Taiwan Veterans General Hospital Yuli branch.
Source: Focus Taiwan