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Earthquake Shakes Taiwan, Kills At Least 9

IN PICTURES: 9 Dead and Dozens Still Missing After 6.4 Magnitude Quake Shocks the Asian Island.

Rescue workers continue to search through crumbled buildings in Hualien, Taiwan City where over 70 people are still unccounted for after the quake's epicenter ruptured about 20 km northeast of the city.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau says there have been 130 aftershocks in the past 24 hours, keeping residents on edge. Approximately 265 people were injured from the quake that, according to witnesses, "got really terrifying" and intense.

The quake has cuased several landslides in the area and closed major highways and bridges temporarily in Hualien County. Electricity and water were also unavailable in thousands of homes today in the region.

The head of Hualien County, Fu Kun-Chi, says this is the most severe earthquake to hit the region in 50 years. Four buildings have collapsed.

Three quake victims were from mainland China. The Chinese government has pledged to help the city recover.

 

 

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First responders rescuing the missing and injured immediately post-earthquake that hit the city late last night.
First responders rescuing the missing and injured immediately post-earthquake that hit the city late last night. Photo:Reuters
Quake survivors spend the night in impromptu rescue shelter located in a gym in Hualien
Quake survivors spend the night in impromptu rescue shelter located in a gym in Hualien Photo:Reuters
Most of those missing from the quake are in a few precariously-slanted buildings dotting Hualien City. Incredibly though the buildings
Most of those missing from the quake are in a few precariously-slanted buildings dotting Hualien City. Incredibly though the buildings' design prevented them from collapsing entirely. Photo:Reuters
Rescue workers have been working around the clock since the quake hit the city. President Tsai Ing-wen was on the resuce scene this morning.  The president declared the city a disaster area channeling extra resources and personnel to the city to help with its rescue and recovery effortst
Rescue workers have been working around the clock since the quake hit the city. President Tsai Ing-wen was on the resuce scene this morning. The president declared the city a disaster area channeling extra resources and personnel to the city to help with its rescue and recovery effortst Photo:Reuters
A pet dog is rescued from a residential apartment in Hualien City. No numbers have been released regarding rescued or missing pets.
A pet dog is rescued from a residential apartment in Hualien City. No numbers have been released regarding rescued or missing pets. Photo:Reuters.
Fallen debris from a damaged building lies on a car in Hualien. More than 100 people were killed in a Taiwan quake in 2016,
Fallen debris from a damaged building lies on a car in Hualien. More than 100 people were killed in a Taiwan quake in 2016, Photo:Reuters
Quake survivors settle in, and check their apps, in a temporary rescue shelter in Hualien.
Quake survivors settle in, and check their apps, in a temporary rescue shelter in Hualien.
Survivors try to rest after the 6.4 quake hit Hualien last night. Survivors told Reuters, ""We
Survivors try to rest after the 6.4 quake hit Hualien last night. Survivors told Reuters, ""We've never had anything like this, we've never had a building topple over. Also, it was constantly shaking, so everyone was really scared, we ran to empty open spaces to avoid it."." Photo:Reuters
Published 7 February 2018
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