Taiwan quake: 9 dead, over 1,000 injured

Search and rescue efforts continue in Taiwan following Wednesday's deadly earthquake.

On Thursday morning, people waited at a station in a village in the north of Hualien County, close to the epicenter. Many tried to catch the first train after being stranded.

A woman said: "I was on my way to work on Wednesday when the quake hit. Train services stopped and roads were cut off, making it impossible to return home."

A man said: "I have lived here for more than 50 years and have never experienced such a strong earthquake like this before. I want to go home right away because earthquakes continued last night and this morning."

Taiwan's meteorological officials say the magnitude 7.2 quake hit off Hualien's coast on Wednesday morning. Strong tremors also hit across Taiwan, including Taipei and New Taipei.

Authorities say at least nine people have been confirmed dead in Hualien County, with more than 1,000 injured including elsewhere.