Death toll rises to 10 in Taiwan earthquake, 4 left stranded

By J.Fan

Emergency workers raced to the sites after a powerful and shallow 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Tainan, Taiwan early Saturday. Eleven high-rise residential buildings collapsed, killing at least 10 people but more than hundreds are rescued.

Rescuers pulled 256 survivors from the rubble in the worst-hit city of Tainan, and about four people remained unaccounted for. More than 1,236 rescuers were at the site, trying to find the remaining under the pressure of first 72 golden hours period. At the moment, 70 people are hospitalized.

The emergency response center said ten people were killed, including a 10-day-old infant, three small children and at least 7 other adult residents inside the high-rise. No details were immediately available for the two additional deaths. Along with the 1,236 rescuers, 840 soldiers, six helicopters and 23 rescue dogs were deployed.

Donations across the country continue to roll in. Japan will send over a research team to investigate and provide assistance for the aftermath of the disaster.

The earthquake came right before the eve of the Asian Lunar New Year, which is the most important family holiday in Taiwan. Earthquakes 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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