The gas pipeline explosion in Kaohsiung, Taiwan yesterday ruptured four streets and killed at least 26 people while injuring 269 others. With many houses burned down, hundreds of people had to evacuate the city.
It turns out that Taiwanese celebrities Jay Chou (周杰倫), his fiancé Hannah Quinlivan (昆凌), and Ruby Lin (林心如) were also in the city at the time of the explosion, an article on Jayne Stars reported.
Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan Return to Taipei Safely
A few hours before the explosion, Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan were spotted shopping at the Ruifeng Night Market. Many fans worried about their safety.
A day after the incident, Jay released a statement through his record label to assure the public that he is well, also revealing that he has already safely returned to Taipei.
Jay gave his blessings to the victims of the explosion, “Praying for the friends in Kaohsiung who are injured and have lost their families. Wishing that their spirits and injuries will recover soon.”
Hannah’s manager stated that although her family lives in Kaohsiung, they live far away from the explosion site and are safe. Hannah has also returned to Taipei.
Ruby Lin Close to Explosion Site
Ruby Lin, who was filming a project in Kaohsiung, narrowly missed the explosion.
She was filming at a hotel that was located near the outbreak. When it happened, she initially thought it was an earthquake, but it was not until after reading the news when she discovered that it was a gas pipeline explosion.
“I heard the sounds of fire trucks all night. God save Kaohsiung,” she said.
Kenji Wu Sends Blessings
Singer Kenji Wu (吳克羣) immediately called his parents, who live in Kaohsiung, when he heard about the explosion.
Hearing that they are safe and sound, Kenji took to his Facebook to send his blessings, “Add oil, Kaohsiung! Add oil, my hometown!”
Kenji was shocked when he heard about the explosion and expressed that he now feels much smaller and helpless.
"These disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. It can happen at the alley you used to walk through or the streets you used to walk on. Those who get injured may turn out to be your family or friends. This is really terrifying! I want to cry!”
Kenji donated 1 million NTD to the Kaohsiung social relief foundation and added, “I am thankful to the heroes of the explosion, and I will be waiting for the injured to recover soon.”
Mandopop band Mayday (NTD$20 million), Chinese singer Della (NTD$969,000) and Peter Ho (NTD$1 million) have also donated generously to victims of the tragedy.