Taiwan quake: 9 dead, 1,000+ injured and dozens still missing

Search and rescue efforts continue in Taiwan following Wednesday's deadly earthquake. Authorities say at least 9 people have been confirmed dead and 42 missing in Hualien County, with more than 1,000 injured in the county and elsewhere.

On Thursday morning, people waited at a station in a village in the north of Hualien, close to the epicenter. Many who had been stranded by the quake tried to catch the first train.

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 never experienced such a strong earthquake before. I want to go home right away because tremors continued last night and this morning."

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