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[Correspondence] Medical response to 2016 earthquake in Taiwan

An earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6·4 struck southern Taiwan at 0357 h on Feb 6, 2016. The earthquake caused 513 injuries (in people aged 0·5–92·0 years, mean 40·8 [SD 20·5] years; 245 [48%] of whom were men) and 117 deaths (in people aged 0·5–75·0 years, mean 32·0 [SD 19·1] years; 62 [53%] of whom were men; figure). This earthquake was the deadliest to have occurred in Taiwan since the 921 earthquake in 1999. Of the 513 people who were injured, 501 (98%) were sent to emergency departments in the first 72 h after the earthquake; 146 (28%) were transferred to emergency departments by ambulance; 67 (13%) were triaged as severe, 371 (72%) intermediate, and 75 (15%) mild.

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