Deadly earthquake kills 11 people in Taiwan

Deadly earthquake kills 11 people in Taiwan

- Taiwan has been hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake

- The earthquake has claimed 11 lives

- Many still missing and rescue missions continue

Deadly earthquake kills 11 people in Taiwan

One of the collapsed building from the quake

 

A deadly earthquake that hit the Taiwan city of Tainan has topped buildings and claimed at least 11 lives.

The magnitude 6.4 quake struck just when most people were asleep at home.  Among the lives claimed is a baby who was among four people killed when a high-rise building, containing 100 homes, collapsed.

Although the damage does not appear to be widespread, a number of tall buildings have been left leaning precariously.

There are also reports of power outages, and transport links have been disrupted on what is one of the busiest travelling days of the year ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday.

Deadly earthquake kills 11 people in Taiwan

An images of the damage caused by the quake

Tainan's mayor has announced that  at least 30 people  remained missing, but assured that most  people were alive but trapped under the rubble and all means would be used to rescue them.

President Ma Ying-jeou, who toured the city of two million, said shelters would be set up for those who had lost their homes.

Deadly earthquake kills 11 people in Taiwan

Rescue team saving people from the quake

Interior Minister Chen Wei-jen said he feared more people may have been in the fallen apartment block than usual as families gathered to celebrate Chinese New Year. He said investigators would examine whether the building's construction met requirements.

Meanwhile the US Geological Survey (USGS) has described the quake as was shallow, meaning its effects would have been amplified. There have also been at least five aftershocks. The quake was felt in the capital Taipei, 300 km away.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and often sees tremors. In 1999, a 7.6 magnitude quake killed more than 2,300 people in central Taiwan.

 

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