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Hualien Hotel was hit by a major earthquake, and 20 teachers and students from Xizhi High School were “stunned” during a trip to Taiwan.

“The whole place started shaking. At first I thought it was a train passing, but then people nearby started shouting.”Earthquake“…At that moment, I only heard the sound of all the plates breaking, and there was glass right in front of me.” I was traveling in Taiwan with 19 classmates and teachers.chicagoLeona Bergin, a student at St. Ignatius College Prep, said that at 8 a.m. Taiwan time on the 3rd, they went to a restaurant in Hualien to have breakfast and experienced the earthquake for the first time, and they were all shocked. Luckily all the members immediately moved towards the parking lot to avoid disaster.

Bergin and his group of 20 people stayed in a hotel opposite the red “Uranus Building”, which had tilted due to the earthquake in Hualien city. All the teachers and students also saw the earthquake. “Even though it’s scary, I feel very fortunate and grateful,” Bergin, who is still in Taiwan, said in a phone interview with Chicago News Channel 7.

A total of 20 St. Ignatius students and teachers were on a cultural immersion trip to Taiwan, said Bergin, a high school senior. When the earthquake struck, they had breakfast at a restaurant in Hualien, the epicenter of the earthquake in Taiwan. ,

His tour group and other people at the hotel evacuated the building to the parking lot immediately after the earthquake. The students also witnessed the appalling conditions after the earthquake, especially the building across the street from the hotel which was badly tilted. The whole process of earthquake shocked everyone. They were all stunned.

“It’s unbelievable, it feels so surreal,” Birkin said. He thought he could only see this scene in movies, but he didn’t expect to experience it in person.

Bergin’s father, Ryan Bergin, director of publications at St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School in Chicago, said his daughter’s school tour group had arrived in Hualien from Taipei just the day before the earthquake.

Bergin said that after the earthquake, the school tour group left Hualien and moved to Taiwan’s west coast. “I hope anyone affected can get help and we will be praying for them.”

At 7:58 am on the 3rd, a powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Hualien, Taiwan, causing many houses to tilt and collapse. According to current figures, at least nine people died and more than 1,000 were injured. Injured. Lei Yanfeng, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, said the Taiwan government immediately launched disaster relief, and 1,000 workers and 12 rescue planes have joined the rescue. He thanked people around the world for their care and assistance in the rescue.

Information on how to donate to local disaster relief efforts can be found at https://reurl.cc/lg39gl, the major disaster social relief fund established by the Hualien County Government.

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