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Wednesday, September 22, 1999 Published at 16:19 GMT 17:19 UK


World: Asia-Pacific

Readers tell of their quake ordeals

A boy checks the list of the injured

Click here to send us your accounts of the earthquake

Click here if you are trying to locate friends and relatives or if you can offer help


BBC News Online has been inundated with e-mails from victims of the Taiwan earthquake and those seeking loved ones.

Hundreds of people were killed in Tuesday's huge tremor and thousands are still believed to be trapped.

Quake in Taiwan
In one particularly harrowing account, Martin Horrod describes how he was talking to his girlfriend as the earthquake hit.

"I was talking to her on an Internet phone, just talking quite happily. Then she went quiet, then she said: 'I think we're having an earthquake ... oh god.'

"I heard banging, then her shout for help, then I heard her scream loudly and the line was lost. I managed to contact her using the normal telephone line, she is fine and so is her family, thank God.

"I am very sorry to all those that have lost loved ones during this terrible natural disaster. I wish I was there to give my help."

Many people are still desperate for news of family and friends.

John Carson is worried about a friend who had gone to Taiwan to get married.

"I am trying to find out about David Bishop who was in Taipei to get married last Saturday," he writes.


[ image: Rescue workers continue to search for survivors]
Rescue workers continue to search for survivors
"He was staying at the following flat - 5th floor number 10, alley 23, 85 Mu Cha Road, Section 3, Taipei.

"His family, work colleagues and friends would appreciate if anyone has any information about him or the area of the flat. E-mail: Jon.Carson@uk.origin-it.com, Phone: +44 1928 598786."

Lamont Wharton who works in Saudi Arabia is anxious for news of his wife, Sun Shu-Yu, who lives and works in Taichung.

"I want her to contact me immediately by phone or by e-mail so I can get information as to her welfare and that of our Chinese family in Taiwan," says Mr Wharton.

"Sun Shu-yu works for the World Trade Center Taichung (WTCT). If someone in that area could contact her and ask her to contact me, I would be most grateful. whartocl@aramco.com.sa."

'Help me find dad'

Another reader needs information about his father.

"Please help me find my dad," says Leif Brumfield who lives in the US. "He is living in Taichung city. His name is Doug Brumfield. He lives at Hsian Shang Rd 9 Fl. -3, 1 Sec. No. 506. Please if you get in contact with him or know how that street suffered please e-mail me marchiaf@compuvision.net or call me at (830) 627-0110. Thank you."

Those who survived the disaster have been telling of their terror.

Julian Yu e-mailed the BBC to say: "It's so scary. Got woken up by the earthquake at sometime before 2am. My house was shaking like crazy and I thought that I would die.

'No more tragedy'

"The country is in chaos. Many students cried in our school. I'm really sad and scared. It's so terrible."

Another reader said: "Because there were still many aftershocks, my uncle took us all to a near park to avoid further damage.

"It was so terrible that it reminds me of the earthquake in Turkey some days before. I hope to have no more tragedy. Sorry for those who have died and lost their family."

Alan Jones was on the 15th floor of the Gran Formosa Hotel in Taipei when the quake started.

"I had just turned the light out to go to bed when I heard a noise," he said. "I thought it may have been someone in the room. I went to turn the light back on but the power had failed. The whole hotel then suddenly started to rock. It swayed to and fro for about 30 seconds before stopping."



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