Four high-rise buildings partly collapse in M6.4 Taiwan quake
09 February, 2018, 03:24 | Author: Essie Rivera
The death toll from the magnitude 6.0 natural disaster that shook the nation on Tuesday rose to 10 as of press time last night as rescuers continued their efforts to locate victims trapped in the debris of collapsed or partially collapsed buildings in Hualien City.
Rescue workers in Taiwan are continuing to look for 7 people who may still be trapped in a damaged 12-story building in the eastern city of Hualien.
Still, even amid dust and heavy rain and shattered glass, the scale of the devastation was becoming clear as night settled in: At least 10 people have died, more than 260 are injured and almost 60 remain missing, according to and figures from the National Fire Agency. Rescuers said five other mainland tourists are still trapped in the damaged Yun Men Tusi Ti building, including four adults and one child.
Nervous residents have since endured more than 200 aftershocks, including a 5.7 quake on Wednesday and smaller tremors early today.
The natural disaster comes exactly two years since the deadly quake of the same magnitude that killed more than 100 people in the city of Tainan. Rescuers said it is hard for them to enter the building.
Hualien Mayor Fu Kun-chi said the number of people missing was now close to 60, although an exact figure was not provided.
Meanwhile, first responders attempted to free two employees trapped in the lobby of the city's Marshal Hotel.
Hualien is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist destinations as it lies on the picturesque east coast rail line and near the popular Taroko Gorge.
One witness said the building sunk to the ground due to the quake.
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Local broadcaster SET TV ran an interview with a man who said he was the husband of one of the mainland Chinese victims. The son survived the quake with light injuries.
"I didn't really dare stay at home", said Hualien resident Yang Yantin.
China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday that the director of China's Taiwan Affairs office, Zhang Zhijun, said in a statement, "The compatriots across the straits are a family".
President Tsai Ing-wen was at the scene of the quake on Wednesday morning, where she visited hospitals and relief centres.
At least six people were killed, 256 were injured and 76 could not be contacted after the shallow, magnitude 6.4 quake late Tuesday night.
"Keep hope", she added, "never give up, cheer for Hualien".
"Since the aftershocks are frequent, we urge all our compatriots ... to remain vigilant and always pay attention to the correct message from the government", Tsai said in.
It said the team is headed to Hualien, Taiwan to facilitate the handling of the remains.
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