Rescuers Struggle In Toppled Taiwan Quake Building

CENPublished: February 9, 2018
Published: February 9, 2018

A Taiwanese fireman’s helmet camera has captured nauseating search and rescue efforts inside a building that collapsed during Tuesday’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake.

The clip shows rescuers having to orientate themselves and suffering from "spatial illusions" while searching the collapsed Yun Men Tsui Ti residential and commercial building, which currently lies on its side at 35 degrees.

Yun Men Tsui Ti was one of four buildings that either collapsed or seriously tilted during the 6th February quake in Hualien County in East Taiwan.

Twelve people have been confirmed dead and 277 were injured, but the search for seven missing people still continues.

The footage shared by the Yunlin County Fire Department, which sent volunteers from the island’s west coast to aid in the rescue in Hualien, shows the rescue effort from fireman Wu Hung-yi’s perspective.

He and other members of the Chiayi City Fire Department, from south-western Taiwan, were assigned to search the fifth floor of the collapsed building.

But they found it incredibly challenging to work in the slanted rooms, which caused the sensation of being in "distorted space", leading to nausea and vomiting.

The clip shows the rescuers having to crawl, often on on all fours, through the tilted sitting rooms, whose furniture was thrown to one side when Yun Men Tsui Ti toppled over.

They also slid around the slippery tile floors while checking every room for survivors or victims.

The Yunlin County Fire Department said the rescuers were forced to stop and rest every few minutes to combat the nausea.

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