CST:24/09/2016 22:40:32   

Deadly earthquake topples buildings in Taiwan city of Tainan

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TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) : The magnitude 6.4 quake struck Taiwan at 4 a.m. local time Saturday (2000 GMT Friday) when most people were at home asleep. The death toll has climbed to 11 in an earthquake that struck southern Taiwan.Taiwan's Emergency Management Information center says that nine of the victims were found at a residential high-rise building that collapsed in the quake Saturday, and that the two others were killed by falling objects elsewhere in the city of Tainan.
Authorities say 475 people were injured, but 368 of them were discharged from hospitals by late Saturday afternoon. The Tainan city emergency center says the death toll in Saturday's earthquake has climbed to seven, including an infant and a small child. Authorities said earlier that the infant, the girl and two adults were found dead at a collapsed residential high-rise. Elsewhere, a woman was killed by falling objects at a water tower, but no details are immediately available for the two new deaths.

At least 230 people have been pulled out from rubble, and nearly 380 are injured. At least 26 are still unaccounted for. Facebook has activated its "safety check" feature for Taiwan that allows users to let their friends and loved ones know they're safe. Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says in a posting, "My thoughts are with everyone in Taiwan and across our global community affected by this disaster." The link is available at https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/taiwanearthquake-feb02-2016.

ET Today reported that Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has arrived in Tainan on Saturday morning and asked rescuers to make all-out efforts. China has offered assistance to Taiwan following a 6.4-magnitude quake that killed many. According to China's office handling relations with Taiwan, mainland officials have been in touch with their Taiwanese counterparts since shortly after the quake hit the southern city of Tainan.

China sent a letter offering rescue assistance if needed, and expressed condolences to those who suffered in the quake. China considers Taiwan a renegade province.

Firefighters and soldiers scrambled to the site of two collapsed residential high-rises with ladders, cranes and other equipment and extracted 221 people from the rubble.

The temblor struck about 4 a.m. local time Saturday (2000 GMT Friday). It was located some 22 miles (36 kilometers) southeast of Yujing, and struck about 6 miles (10 kilometers) underground. Aerial views of the collapsed building showed cranes and ladders around the toppled structure. White dust is rising from site and a helicopter hovering overhead. The damage to the building appears extensive, with blocks of concrete and entire floors brought down by the force of the quake.

Military personnel also are taking part in the rescue.

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