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Taipei 101 to light up in tribute to quake victims

2016/02/06 17:48:13

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) Taipei 101, the landmark skyscraper in Taiwan's capital, will put on a lighting display Saturday night to pay tribute to the victims of a deadly earthquake that struck southern Taiwan in the early hours of the day.

The display on the upper part of the building will read "Go Tainan" and "Bless Taiwan," and will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Taipei 101 said the display will be staged in tribute to those killed or injured in the earthquake and to boost the morale of rescuers.

Last November, Taipei 101 flashed lighting displays in red, white and blue, a symbol of France's national flag, to mourn the victims of a series of terror attacks in Paris.

In 2009, the skyscraper was also lit up with the characters "Taiwan, Go" to encourage people in Taiwan devastated by Typhoon Morakot.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the earthquake death toll was eight, the Central Emergency Operation Center said.

According to the National Fire Agency, about eight people remained trapped in a collapsed 16-story building in Tainan, and 422 others throughout southern Taiwan were reported injured.

(By Christie Chen; click here for the full coverage of the earthquke aftermath.)