Today, The Ministry of National Defense said that a strong earthquake took place in the Hualien area at 11:50 pm of February 6th, and the “Disaster Response Center” was established by the Ministry of National Defense at 12:30 am of February 7th, which is commanded by the Minister Feng Shih-Kuan to control the latest situation and according the disaster report, the Hualien City have been affected most. Commanderof the Hua-tung Defense Command He Chung will arrive the collapsed Marshal Hotel at 12:25 am, investigate with the Hualien County Government and deploy military force to execute rescue work immediately.
According to the Ministry of National Defense, Hua-tung Defense Command (Second Operation Area) had established command post at Guolian Fifth Street,Hualien City at 1:10 am, and deployed 398 soldiers, 7 medium tactical wheels, 1 light tactical wheels, 13 ambulances, 1 lighting vehicle and 1 fire engine as of 2:30 am.
The Ministry of National Defense further stated that they will further deploy56 sappers (carrying 26 life detectors), 3 C-130 aircrafts of the Air Force will standby to take Special Forces and disaster rescue equipment to Hualien City for rescue work, and Vice General Manager and Chief Executive Chen Bao-Yu will supervise the execution of the rescue work. As of the heavy equipment necessary for the rescue work, the Third, Fourth and Firth Operation Area have been informed to mobilize as soon as possible for the rescue work.
The Ministry of National Defense said that President Tsai have been followed the latest progress of the deployment of national army in the conference call, and praised the immediate action of the national army to mobilize themselves to the rescue work; the Minister Feng Shih-Kuan followed the live stream of the rescue work conducted by the national army in the conference call, and urged the officers to pay attention to keep soldiers warm and safe against the recent cold current for the succeed of the rescue work.
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