Mexican Coach Heli Falls Down While Looking At The Earthquake Location

Mexico City
 A military helicopter carrying Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarete and Governor Oaxaca Alejandro Murat crashed while reviewing the area that had just been rocked by an earthquake. Two people were killed in the crash, but both officials survived.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southern Mexico on Friday (16/2). The epicenter was located 37 kilometers northeast of Pinotepa de Don Luis, Oaxaca, or close to the surf resorts on the Pacific coast.

As reported by Reuters and AFP Saturday (17 / 2/2018), Navarete and Murat made a visit to the location of the earthquake affected by military helicopters. But the incident happened on the way to Pinotepa de Don Luis on Friday (16/2) evening local time.

In his statement to the local television, Televisa Navarete said himself and Murat was not seriously injured in the incident.

Navarete said that the military helicopter pilot lost control of the landing. The incident occurred when the helicopter was at an altitude of just 40 meters above the Earth's surface. The helicopter airs from Mexico City to Pinotepa de Don Luis.

"Unfortunately, two people on the mainland lost their lives in this incident," Navarete said in a statement. Navarete also mentioned several other passengers were injured in the incident.

One reporter Televisa who is also in the same helicopter tells us that the helicopter suddenly dropped after it triggered a large dust collection at the landing site. Local television shows showed the military helicopter rolling to the side, surrounded by vehicles. The exact cause of this incident has not been disclosed to the public.

"It is unfortunate that some people on the ground lost their lives and some others were injured, my condolences to your relatives and my hope that the wounded will soon recover," said Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto via Twitter.

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Meanwhile, the 7.2 magnitude quake that rocked Mexico reportedly did not trigger casualties. But dozens of buildings, especially in Oaxaca, were damaged. Electricity for about 1 million local residents was cut off by this powerful earthquake.

(nvc / rna)

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Search for Taiwan Earthquake Victims to End, Victims Killed So 17 People

Rescue teams ended the search for an earthquake-hit 6.4 on the Richter Scale (SR) which left many buildings damaged and tilted. After the search was ended, the death toll was reported to 17.

As reported by AFP on Monday (12/2/2018), thousands of officers combed the rubble and wreckage of collapsed and damaged buildings to search for survivors who were still trapped. One of the buildings in focus is the Yun Tsui apartment block which has 12 floors.

The building is tilted to 50 degrees due to the powerful earthquake that rocked Hualien city on Tuesday (6/2) last week. This situation complicates the search effort focused on the bottom of the collapsed building. The building is feared to collapse completely at any time.

Hualien Mayor Fu Kun-Chi says the two bodies have been found buried under heavy pillars that can not be moved without risking the collapse of the building as a whole. Rescue attempt was stopped with the consent of the victim's family.

Excavator machine resumed excavation in a heap of ruins on Sunday (11/2) local time, to evacuate the bodies of victims.

"A total of 17 people are unfortunate killed in an earthquake. I believe their relatives will receive proper help, "said Taiwanese Prime Minister William Lai when paying tribute to the victims in Hualien on Sunday (11/2).

Two victims whose bodies were found last, believed to be one family from Beijing, China, who arrived in Taiwan on Monday (5/2) last week or the day before the earthquake.

While the bodies of three other dead, including a 12-year-old boy, were found Saturday (10/2) local time, also believed to be a family. The three victims were living on the second floor of a hotel inside Yun Tsui building when the quake struck.

A total of 14 of the 17 deaths were affected by a collapsed building. Three buildings in Hualien are almost collapsed, in the process of destruction for security reasons.

(nvc / nkn)

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Many Taiwan Earthquake Survivors Being on the Upper Floor of Building Collapse

Most survivors of the powerful earthquake on Tuesday night in Taiwan survived because they were on the top floors that did not collapse, allowing rescue workers to find them.

Until Friday morning (9 / 2), 830 people have left four collapsed or damaged buildings in the Pacific coast city of Hualien. Many broke windows or left the balcony to leave the two worst-hit buildings in the quake, a 10-story hotel and a 12-storey residential and business building. The firefighters wait at the bottom with the stairs.

Also read: Earthquake in Taiwan, 9 Killed, Over 200 Injuries

The quake also killed 10 people, including hotel guests and workers on lower floors during an earthquake at 11:50 pm. The Taiwan Center Weather Bureau they had a magnitude 6 quake with an epicenter in the sea, and in Hualien the quake was felt to have a magnitude of 7, strong enough to cause widespread damage. [uh]

Earthquake in Taiwan, 9 Killed, More than 200 Injuries

SAR team in eastern Taiwan continues to dig the wreckage of an apartment complex partly collapsed in Tuesday's strong earthquake.

Officials at Taiwan's National Fire Agency Thursday revised the death toll, from ten to nine people, and the number of missing and missing victims from nearly 60 people to 10. At least three of the dead were from mainland China.

Number of deaths to rise to 6 in Taiwan by earthquake

The 12-storey Yun Men Tsui Ti building in Hualien's popular tourist area still stands tilted in position dangerous due to the 6.4 magnitude earthquake. The search for survivors in the sloped building slowed by more than 100 aftershocks on Wednesday, leaving rescue workers rushing to leave the wreckage.

More than 250 people were injured in Tuesday's earthquake (6/2). At least three other high-rise buildings partially collapsed and in dangerous leaning positions, including among them the Marshal Hotel, where at least two people were killed.

Over 800 residents slept in makeshift shelters, most of them afraid of returning to the house due to the number of aftershocks. The quake caused the roads to split, initially causing some 40,000 homes to not receive the flow of water, and about 2,000 others suffered power outages. [uh]

The number of death toll rises to 6 as a result of the earthquake in Taiwan

SAR teams in Taiwan, Wednesday (7/2), are still searching for victims in the rubble following the earthquake on Tuesday (6/2). [6] Six people were reportedly killed and at least 225 others injured after an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale rocked the coastal city of Hualien, almost before midnight Tuesday.

Hualien is a coastal city visited by many tourists. The city on the east coast of Taiwan has a population of about 100,000 people.

The quake split the streets, and made about 40,000 homes without water supplies and about 2,000 houses without power.

SAR teams look for at least 145 people which is still declared missing from a partially collapsed apartment complex and currently in a sloping position.

According to the official website of his Facebook, Taiwan President Tsai Ingwen was in Hualien to evaluate rescue efforts.

Taiwan is located at the junction of two tectonic plates and is often hit by an earthquake.

Tuesday's earthquake coincides with a warning two years of magnitude 6.4 earthquake that killed 117 people. More than 2,000 people were killed by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that rocked Taiwan in 1999. [ab/uh]