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Hualien earthquake latest: 5 dead, 254 injured, 88 missing

2018/02/07 16:04:51

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) The latest casualty tally lists five dead, 254 injured and 88 unaccounted for in the aftermath of a strong earthquake that hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday, according to the Central Emergency Operations Center.

Most of the damage is concentrated in four buildings in downtown Hualien, with the four of the five dead all staying at the partially collapsed Yun Men Tsui Ti commercial/residential building.

The other dead individual was trapped in the Marshal Hotel.

There are currently 24 people from a residential building on Kuosheng 6th Street listed as missing, while eight people are missing from another building on the same street.

Thirty-nine people with household registrations in the Yun Men Tsui Ti building are currently unaccounted for.

The remaining 17 missing persons were staying in a backpacker's hotel located on the first to third floors of the building.

Thus far, 224 people have been rescued.

The epicenter of the magnitude 6.0 earthquake was at sea about 18.3 kilometers north of Hualien County Hall at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The impact of the temblor was strengthened by its high intensity -- which measures the severity of shaking -- in certain areas.

An intensity level of 7 -- the highest level on Taiwan's 7-tier intensity scale -- was felt in downtown Hualien and Nan'ao Township in Yilan County.

(By Wang Yang-yu and Kuan-lin Liu)
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