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Earthquake in Taiwan: Magnitude 6.4 quake kills 12, over 100 missing, scores injured in Tainan

Sat February 06 2016, 9:08 pm
  • Earthquake in Taiwan: Most people were caught asleep when the earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on Richter scale occurred at about 4 a.m., 22 miles (35 kilometers) southeast of Yujing in Tainan. It struck only 6 miles (10 kilometers) underground, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after the powerful, shallow earthquake struck before dawn and caused a high-rise residential building to collapse, killing at least 12 people and injuring hundreds. Residents in mainland China also reported that the tremor was felt there.
    Image Caption: Rescuers stand on a ledge of a collapsed building as one of them carries a 10-day-old baby after an earthquake hit the southern city of Tainan, Taiwan (Reuters)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: Nearly 340 people were rescued from the rubble in Tainan, the city hit worst by the quake. About 2,000 firefighters and soldiers scrambled with ladders, cranes and other equipment to the ruins of the 17-floor residential building, which folded like an accordion onto its side after the quake struck. The quake was felt as a lengthy, rolling shake in the capital, Taipei, on the other side of the island. But Taipei was quiet, with no sense of emergency or obvious damage just before dawn.
    Image Caption: A man breaks down after seeing the body of a relative recovered from a collapsed building in Tainan, Taiwan. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building and trapping people inside. (AP)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: Local authorities said Saturday night that more than 100 people remained missing and that rescuers were racing to find them. Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported that 172 people were missing.
    Image Caption: Rescue personnel help a child rescued at the site where a 17-storey apartment building collapsed during an earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan (Reuters)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: The quake came two days before the start of Lunar New Year celebrations that mark the most important family holiday in the Chinese calendar. The building had 256 registered residents, but far more people could have been inside when it fell because the population might have swelled ahead of the holiday, when families typically host guests.
    Image Caption: Rescue personnel work at the site where a 17-storey apartment building collapsed during an earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan (Reuters)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: Local media said the building included a care center for newborns and mothers, and a newborn was among the dead in the disaster. The high-rise building "first starting shaking horizontally, then up and down, then a big shake right to left,'' said Tainan resident Lin Bao-gui, a secondhand car salesman whose cars were smashed when the building collapsed across the street from him. “I stayed in my bed but jumped up when I heard the big bang that was the sound of the building falling,'' he said.
    Image Caption: A woman is rescued from a collapsed building after an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan(AP)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: Authorities in Tainan said 12 people were killed, including 11 who were found at the ruins of the fallen building. The national Emergency Management Information center said 477 people were injured, with 380 of them discharged from hospitals by Saturday evening.
    Image Caption: Rescue workers carry out a man from the site where a 17-storey apartment building collapsed after an earthquake hit Tainan (Reuters)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: Rescuers found the bodies of a 10-day-old infant, three other children and six adults at the collapsed building, the information center said. One other death was reported at the site, but details were not immediately available. Authorities said two people were killed by falling objects elsewhere in Tainan.
    Image Caption: Rescue workers carry out a man from the site where a 17-storey apartment building collapsed after an earthquake hit Tainan (Reuters)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: Rescuers pulled out at least 248 survivors from the collapsed building, the emergency management information center said. Throughout Tainan, 337 people were rescued, the city government said.
    Image Caption: Rescue workers carry out a man from the site where a 17-storey apartment building collapsed after an earthquake hit Tainan (Reuters)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: The Taiwanese news website ET Today reported that a mother and daughter were among the survivors from the building, and that the girl drank her urine while waiting to be rescued, which happened sooner than expected. Rescuers went apartment to apartment, drawing red circles near windows of apartments they already had searched.

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: I went to the top floors of the middle part of the building, where we found five people, one of whom was in bed and already dead,'' said Liu Wen-bin, a 50-year-old rescuer from Taichung. Some people were found in the shower, some in the bedroom.''
    Image Caption: Tainan : Rescue workers carry a woman on a strecher from a collapsed building after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan (AP)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: Elsewhere in Tainan, dozens of other people were rescued or safely evacuated from damaged structures or buildings declared unsafe following the quake, including a market and a seven-floor building, authorities said. A bank building also careened, but no one was injured or trapped. All told, nine buildings collapsed and five careened in Tainan, the emergency management information center said.
    Image Caption: Rescue teams continue to search for the missing in a collapsed building, after an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan (AP)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: As dawn broke, Taiwanese TV showed survivors being brought gingerly from the high-rise, including an elderly woman in a neck brace and others wrapped in blankets. The trappings of daily life - a partially crushed air conditioner, pieces of a metal balcony, windows - lay twisted in rubble.
    Image Caption: Rescue teams continue to search for the missing in a collapsed building, after an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan (AP)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: People with their arms around firefighters were being helped from the building, and cranes were being used to search darkened parts of the structure for survivors. Men in camouflage, apparently military personnel, marched into one area of collapse carrying large shovels.
    Image Caption: A site where buildings collapsed is seen in this aerial picture taken after a powerful earthquake hit Tainan, southern Taiwan (Reuters)

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: The emergency management information center said 1,236 rescuers from outside Tainan were deployed, including 840 from the army, along with six helicopters and 23 rescue dogs. Tainan's municipal government said it mobilized nearly 600 professional and volunteer firefighters.

  • Earthquake in Taiwan: Because of the spectacular fall of the residential high-rise, questions surfaced about whether the 1989 structure had shoddy construction. Tainan's government said the Wei Guan building was not listed as a dangerous structure before the quake, and Taiwan's interior minister, Chen Wei-zen, said an investigation would examine whether the developer had cut corners during construction. Earthquake in Taiwan: Quakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage. However, a magnitude-7.6 quake in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

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