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Deadly Taiwan Earthquake Felt in South China

08 February, 2018, 09:32 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Taiwan was struck by the powerful quake just before midnight on Tuesday, damaging buildings in the city of Hualien, killing four people and leaving and some 80 others missing, according to reports.

The Executive Yuan is to provide NT$300 million (US$10.25 million) in disaster relief funds in the wake of a devastating quake in Hualien County on Tuesday night, Premier William Lai (賴清德) said yesterday.

More than 250 people were injured in the tremor, the strongest to hit Hualien in decades.

Sadly, across the strait in Taiwan, at least four people are dead and hundreds more injured after last night's violent quake.

Among the buildings toppled in the quake was the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, where three people were trapped inside, the government said.

"We discovered the body of a Chinese woman at the hotel in Yun Tsui (building) earlier this morning and located another person who's a hotel staffer", he said. It was really scary'. Their efforts were halted temporarily Wednesday afternoon as the supports began to slide and the building tilted further, local officials said.

Other buildings slanted at alarming degrees and rescuers used ladders, ropes and cranes to move residents to safety.

Media also report that a hotel and buildings which suffered extensive damage were not structurally capable of resisting earthquakes.




Rescue efforts have been complicated by powerful aftershocks.

About 40,000 homes are without water, and highways and bridges have been are closed.

Speaking from a crisis center in Taipei, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said rail links appeared to be unaffected and the runway of Hualien airport was intact.

'We're putting a priority on Hualien people being able to return home to check on their loved ones, ' Hsu said.

Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers part of its territory, lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes.

"Two people were unfortunately killed, and 114 have suffered light or severe injuries", Taiwan's Premier William Lai told an emergency government meeting.

The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (Meco) has confirmed that a Filipino is missing following a 6.4-magnitude natural disaster that struck Hualien County.

Five people involved in the construction of the complex were later found guilty of negligence and given prison sentences.

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