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Rescue dogs used to search for Taiwan’s earthquake victims

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

As the fight against time gets crucial in finding survivors of Taiwan’s earthquake, rescue dogs are now being used more.

A four-year-old golden labrador whose name translates to “Iron Hero”, worked through dangerous aftershocks to search for survivors after the 6.4-magnitude temblor struck the city of Hualien, killing 10 people.

The dog helped to save a man who was trapped for 15 hours in rubble. He also helped rescue workers find two more people who trapped in a severely damaged building.

Rescuers are still searching for seven people: a couple from Hong Kong who hold Canadian citizenship and five members of a family from China — parents, grandparents and their 12-year-old son. They are trapped on a bottom floor of a hotel.

Rescuers and families of those trapped are hoping that rescue dogs can find them before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, surveillance cameras captured powerful waves resembling tsunamis crashing from fish ponds inside restaurants onto their furniture and flooding their dining floors when the earthquake struck.

Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China, experienced an earthquake of the same magnitude and on the same date exactly two years ago.

(Images show the dog that saved three people trapped in collapsed buildings and a tsunami-type wave inside restaurant fish pond crashing onto the dining floor)

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