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AIT voices concern over Tainan quake

2016/02/06 13:47:12

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Saturday voiced concern over a quake that struck Tainan in southern Taiwan earlier in the day, killing seven people and injured more than 300.

Kin W. Moy (梅健華), director of the AIT's Taipei office, expressed support for Taiwan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德) and encouragement for the rescue teams operating there.

"On behalf of my AIT family, I want to let all of our good friends in the areas affected by the earthquake know that you are in our thoughts today," Moy wrote on the AIT's Facebook page.

Moy said the AIT is following the events very closely as the disaster affects many people throughout Taiwan and in the United States.

"As some of you may know, my family and I vacationed in Tainan recently," he wrote. "I especially want to send our support to Mayor Lai and all of our other friends in Tainan. Let's all back the rescue teams!"

A magnitude 6.4 quake, centered in Kaohsiung, struck Taiwan at 3:57 a.m. Saturday, killing seven people, injuring 358 people, and leaving over 20 trapped in a collapsed building in Tainan, the hardest hit area, according to information from the Central Emergency Operation Center, valid as of 11:30 a.m.

A total of 92 are being housed in emergency shelters in Tainan, where some 13 buildings have partly or fully collapsed.

(By P.C. Tang and Flor Wang; click here for the full coverage of the earthquke aftermath.)