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People trapped as buildings cave in after Taiwan earthquake

People trapped as buildings cave in after Taiwan earthquake

At least five people have died and dozens more are missing after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook a city on the east coast of Taiwan.
At least five buildings in Hualien City caved in and were shown tilting on their sides in the tourist port city.
Rescuers are working to reach five people they know are trapped in buildings, while more than 140 are unaccounted for.
The worst hit was a military hospital which rescuers have propped up with cranes as it leans at about 45 degrees.
A hotel employee died after the bottom three floors of the Marshal Hotel caved in while another person died in a residential building.
Rescuers are trying to free two people trapped in the hotel as family members wait nearby.
The quake hit just before midnight on Tuesday night, injuring 243 people, with two dozen in a critical condition, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.
Video footage and photos showed several large buildings leaning at sharp angles.
Their lower floors were crushed into heaps of concrete, smashed glass, bent iron beams and other debris.
Residents were seen lowering their children from balconies in slanted buildings before climbing down themselves or being helped down by firefighters.
The tremor was felt shortly before midnight on Tuesday, forcing the closure of a busy road nearby.
The epicentre was very shallow at just 10.6km deep and was the 94th tremor since a 6.1 magnitude quake struck nearby on Sunday.


February 7th, 2018

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