Thursday, 18 October, 2018

6 dead, 76 missing after strong quake hits Taiwan

Deadly Taiwan Earthquake Felt in South China Rescuers comb Taiwan quake rubble for remaining 7 missing
Glenn Montgomery | 10 February, 2018, 09:48

A four-year-old golden labrador whose name translates to "Iron Hero", worked through risky aftershocks to search for survivors after the 6.4-magnitude temblor struck the city of Hualien, killing 10 people. They are trapped on a bottom floor of a hotel.

Other mainland authorities such as the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, Fujian Province, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region also said they would each donate 1 million yuan to Hualien.

In Hualien, four buildings have partially collapsed or tilted, including Marshal Hotel and two residential buildings.

Hopes of finding additional survivors from an natural disaster in Taiwan are fading after rescuers find two more bodies in a partially collapsed hotel and detect no signs of a missing family of five.

Rescuers focused on the Yunmen Tsuiti residential building that was tilted at a almost 45-degree angle, erecting long steel beams to prevent it from collapsing.

The Government of Saint Lucia has expressed condolences to the Government and People of the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan, following a 6.4 magnitude quake which has left several dead and some still missing. "But then it got really terrifying", the worker, Chen Ming-hui, told Taiwan's official Central News Agency after he was reunited with his son and grandson following the quake.

"I had to keep composed so I could carry on my work".

"Right now it is only confirmed earlier", she said in a telephone interview.

Six tourists from the mainland have been sent to a hospital in Hualien.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Hualien, and their friends and family, including those of the two Canadians who lost their lives", the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei said in a statement.

Nine Japanese are among the 272 injured but their injuries are not life threatening, according to the Taiwan Foreign Ministry. Five people involved in the construction of the complex were later found guilty of negligence and given prison sentences.

Taiwan has frequent earthquakes, majority minor, but a 1999 quake killed more than 2,300 people and was Taiwan's worst recent natural disaster.

Rescue efforts since then have been hampered by more than 200 aftershocks as island and emergency services personnel worked through the night, combing through rubble in the rain and cold as they searched for survivors.

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