Hundreds trapped in damaged buildings as quake hits Taiwan

Taipei, Feb 6 (IANS) A 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan early Saturday morning damaged several buildings, leaving at least one building collapsed, trapping hundreds of residents.

Rescuers have saved more than 160 people, with two losing signs of life, Xinhua cited local media reports.

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By 7:10 a.m. local time, rescuers saved 127 people from a 17-storey collapsed building in Tainan, among which 29 were hospitalised. About 200 people are believed to have been living inside the high-rise building.

The earthquake hit Kaohsiung of Taiwan on Saturday morning and the epicentre was monitored at 22.94 degrees north latitude and 120.54 degrees east longitude.

According to the island’s weather and earthquake monitoring agency, the earthquake, measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale and with a depth of 16.7 kilometers, was centered about 27 km northeast of Pingtung county seat.

Three killed in Taiwan quake 

Taipei:At least three people were reported killed and toppled several buildings on Saturday when a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Tainan city in southern Taiwan.

According to the city’s emergency response centre, a total of 127 were rescued from a toppled 17-story residential building in Tainan’s Yongkang district, with 29 of those being hospitalised, Taiwan News reported.

Authorities have estimated there are at least eight collapsed buildings with four others tilted, 42 people hospitalised, and 32 still trapped. Emergency workers are still working on various sites in Tainan.

Taiwan’s weather and earthquake monitoring agency, the earthquake with a depth of 16.7 kilometers, was centered about 27 km northeast of Pingtung county seat.

The quake was shallow, meaning its effects would have been amplified, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

There were also reports of power outages.

The quake was also felt in the capital Taipei 300 km away and there have since been several aftershocks.

A 7.6 magnitude quake in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

Five killed in Taiwan quake (Second Lead)

Taipei, Feb 6 (IANS) At least five people were killed on Saturday morning when a magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit southern Taiwan, the island nation’s disaster response centre said.

More than 200 people were rescued from damaged structures, many from a 17-story residential building that collapsed in Tainan city’s Yongkang district, officials told CNN.

The victims included a 10-day old infant who was killed when the high-rise building collapsed.

More than 150 people in Tainan were hospitalised, disaster officials said.

The earthquake with a depth of 16.7 km, was centred about 48 km east-southeast of Tainan, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake was also felt in the capital Taipei 300 km away from Tainan and several aftershocks were also reported.

A total of 121,672 homes and businesses were without power in Tainan.

Taiwan’s outgoing President, Ma Ying-jeou promised an “all-out effort” to rescue people when he arrived in Tainan which is Taiwan’s oldest city with a population of 1.9 million people.

Shelters would be set up for those who had lost their homes in the city of two million people, he said.

A 7.6 magnitude quake in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and often experience tremors.

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