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Earthquake Damages Taoroko National Park and Other Nearby Areas

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Taroko National Park in eastern Taiwan has closed until further notice following an earthquake on April 3, 2024. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the country in at least 25 years.

The park says all 32 trails running across its 360 square miles have been impacted. Furthermore, park officials say numerous structures and roads have been damaged.

Additionally, all passes to Yushan and Shei-Pa National Parks have been canceled, and people will need to reapply for those passes after the parks reopen.

One Dead in Park

Park officials are sad to announce that one hiker who was in the park at the time of the earthquake has been found dead under a pile of rocks. Seventeen other hikers who had registered their paths with the national park's headquarters have been accounted for since the deadly earthquake.

Initially, 32 people were trapped at the hotel near the Tunnel of Nine Turns, which partially collapsed during the earthquake. Six of those people were able to hike to safety, while the others remained at the hotel.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 71 international visitors had been accounted for following the earthquake. These visitors were at diverse locations in or near the park.

On April 5, 2024, Taiwan's National Fire Department recovered two bodies on a hiking trail near the national park. Another body was recovered in the same area on Saturday.


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