Terrifying video shows badminton players fleeing as sports center ceiling collapses during massive earthquake

Terrifying video shows badminton players fleeing as sports center ceiling collapses during massive earthquake
Taiwan was struck by its second earthquake while the island was recovering from its first earthquake a night before on Saturday, September 17 (Guardian/Youtube Screenshot)

TAIWAN, CHINA: The island of Taiwan faces its second earthquake in just two days in a row. On Sunday afternoon Taiwan was struck by a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake whilst the city was recovering from another earthquake of magnitude 6.4 caused a night before on Saturday, September 17. The horrifying moment was caught on camera, where a badminton court's ceiling collapsed during the earthquake moments before people were seen playing on the court.

Around two dozen people were playing at the Bade Sports Center in Taoyuan City on Sunday afternoon when the quake hit. As the debris came crashing down from the ceiling which was recently renovated causing players to flee for their lives, one man was lightly injured in the incident. The first earthquake on Saturday did not cause major damage as the second catastrophic earthquake that took place close to the epicenter on the south of the island, its tremor was felt up to the north that resulted in the sports center ceiling collapsing. 


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Earthquakes frequently hit Taiwan with the magnitude 6.8 quake, the strongest recorded this year. The tremors of the catastrophic earthquake were centered near the town of Chishang, in the south of the island, killing one man and injuring nine. According to Daily Mail, the dead man was a cement factory worker who was killed when a three-story building in Yuli Township collapsed. The owner of the building, 70, and his wife were first rescued while it took longer to rescue a woman, 39, and her 5-year-old daughter. More than 7,000 households were reported without power and water pipes were also damaged. Other incidents included shelves and musical instruments falling over at the Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church and a long crack was seen running down its floor. The pavement was broken into slabs of concrete.

A 5-year-old girl wrapped in a blanket was saved by the rescue team after a three-story building collapsed due to an earthquake in Taiwan (Guardian/Youtube Screenshot)

In Yuli, a landslide stranded nearly 400 tourists with no electricity and weak phone signals on a famous mountain known for the orange daylilies that blanket its slopes this time of year after the quake damaged its infrastructure. The rescue team was dispatched to the scene and rescued the last group of 90 people on Monday morning. Police and firefighters rushed to where the bridge collapsed on a two-lane road in what appeared to be a rural part of the same town. According to media reports, three people and one or more vehicles may have fallen off reports. Debris from a falling canopy on a platform hit a passing train, derailing six cars, at Dongli station in Fuli town, which is between Yuli and the epicenter at Chishang. Taiwan, which sits on a seismologically active arc known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, is frequently hit by earthquakes. The self-governing island lies 160 kilometers (100 miles) off the coast of mainland China. Taiwan's strongest earthquake with an 8 magnitude was recorded in 1996.  

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