New Taipei elderly woman crushed by cabinet during 6.0 quake

New Taipei elderly woman crushed by wardrobe cabinet knocked down by magnitude 6.0 earthquake

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/08/08
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(New Taipei Police Department photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An elderly woman in New Taipei City was killed today (Aug. 8) after she was crushed by her 50-kilogram wardrobe cabinet, which fell on top of her when a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck notheastern Taiwan.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County at 5:28 a.m. this morning and lasted for 20 seconds, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). At 7:02 a.m., a second temblor struck the same area, this time registering a magnitude 4.5 on the Richter scale.

A 65-year-old woman was sleeping in her home at Lane 186, Xinsheng Street in New Taipei City's Zhonghe District when the first temblor struck, reported ETtoday. The woman was soon awoken by the violent shaking, but as she tried to get out of her bed, a metal wardrobe cabinet next to it suddenly fell over and landed on top of her.

The woman was immediately pinned beneath the 50-kilogram cabinet and piles of clothing and was unable to move, according to the report. When her husband, who was sleeping next to her, saw his wife trapped under the cabinet, he immediately rushed outside and cried for help.

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