Taiwan earthquake: Last-minute change of hotel ends in tragedy for mainland family of five

Straits Times
Date: FEB 11, 2018

TAIPEI – A Chinese family of five who were killed in last Tuesday’s (Feb 6) earthquake

A general view of a damaged building in Hualien, eastern Taiwan on Feb 9, 2018. The death toll from the deadly earthquake had risen to 17.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

in Hualien had changed their travel plans at the last minute and checked into the ill-fated Beauty Inn Hotel which was pancaked after the magnitude-6.4 tremor.

A day before quake, they had been involved in a car accident on the highway connecting Pingtung and Taitung.

No one was hurt in the accident, but it disrupted their travel schedule. The family’s free-and easy itinerary showed that they had visited such tourist spots as Sanxiantai and Baxian Caves.

Taiwanese rescuers recovered the bodies of two family members on Sunday (Feb 11) after searching for more than 100 hours. The other three bodies were found on Saturday.    [FULL  STORY]

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