Saturday, February 6, 2016

M6.4 quake hits Taiwan, kills 5

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A powerful M6.4 quake struck the southern part of Taiwan, toppling down a 16-floor apartment complex, killing five people as of now, and injuring hundreds. Reports told that thirty people are feared to be trapped in the rubble.

Among the victims died in the rubble were a 10-day old baby girls and a 40-year-old male who were pulled dead from the building by rescue workers. There was also a woman who died after being hit by a falling water tank at another site with no details immediately available of the other two deaths.

The quake struck at depth of 10 kilometers around the early hours and 39 kilometers northeast of Kaohsiung, the second-largest city of Taiwan and an important port. It was reported to have a 6.7 magnitude but was downgraded to 6.4. A tsunami was not expected.

17 years ago, there was a powerful 7.6 quake struck Taiwan and killed over 2,400 people.

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