South Korean woman injured as rock hits bus after Taiwan earthquake

Tourist taken to hospital but out of danger

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A falling rock injured a South Korean woman traveling in a tour bus in Hualien Saturday afternoon (photo courtesy of Hualien Xincheng police)

A falling rock injured a South Korean woman traveling in a tour bus in Hualien Saturday afternoon (photo courtesy of Hualien Xincheng police) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A South Korean woman was taken to hospital after a falling rock hit her tour bus in Hualien County Saturday (April 20), just two days after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the region.

The April 18 tremor registered a maximum intensity level of 7 in some parts of the mountainous east coast county, with the Central Weather Bureau warning of landslides, rockfalls and aftershocks possible for days after the quake.

Saturday around 2:50 p.m., a bus carrying 14 tourists from South Korea was traveling through the popular scenic Taroko Gorge area when a chunk of rock fell right through the roof, also striking a hole in the floor of the vehicle, the United Daily News reported.

The rock reportedly hit the woman, named Kang, in the foot, which started bleeding profusely, necessitating her transfer to hospital. No other injuries were reported. The bus was transferred to a garage, while the tour guide was staying with the patient, according to the United Daily News.

During Thursday’s earthquake, a Malaysian man was gravely injured when a rock fell on him during a hike in the Hualien mountains. He has since regained consciousness, but is still in serious condition at a local hospital.