The Taiwan earthquake causes a rockslide, crushing vehicles

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The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Taiwan on Wednesday had also triggered rockslides in the nation that sent boulders crashing against drivers.
Shocking dashcam footage shows the moment one driver receives the alarm warning civilians of the massive earthquake, and as the car shakes, the vehicles on the mountainous road come to a halt.
The leading vehicle, however, starts suddenly backing up, revealing a rockslide coming down the road.
The footage shows several cars on the road backing up or trying to drive through the roads as they weave past the rocks, with two vehicles seeing boulders land just inches away from them.
Taiwanese authorities estimate that at least nine people were killed in the earthquake that struck the nation’s eastern half, with more than 1,000 others injured as of Thursday.
The 7.2 magnitude earthquake was the strongest in 25 years, hitting during the nation’s morning commuting hours and centered on rural Hualien.
Hundreds of aftershocks were still felt hours after the initial earthquake, with at least one reaching a magnitude of 6.5.
The earthquake also triggered a small tsunami on the coast of Japan’s Yonaguni island.

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In addition to causing rockslides that threw boulders at passing cars, Taiwan’s Wednesday 7:02 magnitude earthquake also caused rockfalls.

The moment a driver hears the alarm alerting bystanders to the massive earthquake, and the cars on the mountainous road stop as the car trembles, are captured on shocking dashcam footage.

Suddenly, though, the leading car begins to back up, exposing a rockslide that is approaching on the road.

A bolder leaps out of the trees and crashes into the leading car, crushing it as it descends the mountain road, just as the vehicle that is filming the incident is backing up as well.

The video depicts multiple vehicles navigating the road, backing up or attempting to pass the rocks, with two of them encountering falling boulders that are mere inches from their vehicles.

A broad view of the mountain showed a sizable dust cloud raised by the rockslide, and the boulders were seen striking the road with such force that they bounced several feet into the air.

Authorities in Taiwan calculate that as of Thursday, more than 1,000 people had been injured and at least nine people had died in the earthquake that rocked the country’s eastern region.

The Hualien County fire department reports that 646 more people are stuck in hotels as rescuers scramble to free the civilian victims because of the damaged roads.

The nation was hit by the strongest earthquake in 25 years, with a magnitude of 7.2, focused on rural Hualien and occurring during morning commuter hours.

Hours after the initial earthquake, hundreds more aftershocks were still felt, with one at least reaching a magnitude of 6.

On the island of Yonaguni in Japan, the earthquake also caused a minor tsunami.

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