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Strong earthquake hits southern Taiwan, trapping residents

Update: Feb. 14:

Front pages of local newspapers Feb. 14:

Update: Feb. 13:●Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said in 4:20 p.m. briefing that rescue works were to cease as bodies of all people believed to be trapped in collapsed Weiguan Jinlong building have been recovered. Death toll stood at 116.

Total fatalities of Feb. 6 earthquake: 116Board members of fatal apartment builder to be detained: mayorRemains of last unaccounted-for quake victim foundPost-quake reconstruction to begin with working meeting Sunday

Front pages of local newspapers Feb. 13:

Feb. 12:Science park in Tainan mostly unscathed after quakeTainan water supply back to normal Friday evening: ministryTainan mayor thanks Pope for earthquake condolencesMa, Tsai attend memorial ceremony for earthquake victims

Front pages of local newspapers Feb. 12:

Feb. 11:Taiwan thanks U.S. for earthquake donationsDeveloper of collapsed building owns at least 30 plots of landRain in Tainan as 62 unaccounted for after quakePresident-elect prays for Taiwan after fatal earthquake

Front pages of local newspapers Feb. 11:

Feb. 10:UN secretary-general offers condolences to quake victims in TaiwanTainan identifies 50 buildings as dangerous after quakeEarthquake has caused NT$169 million agricultural losses94 remain missing in Tainan quake rubble, including 21 children

[Photo courtesy of the Taoyuan City Fire Department]]

Altered structure may have caused Tainan building disaster: victimEach quake victim's family to get NT$1 million: premierMa thanks soldiers assisting in earthquake relief work

South Korea pledges donation for Taiwan quake relief effortsFlags to fly at half-mast to mourn quake victimsDevelopers of collapsed building detained

Front pages of local newspapers Feb. 10:

Feb. 9:More condolences pour in over Tainan earthquake

Political unity shown in support for rescue efforts in TainanTaiwan thanks China for donation, offer for help

Front pages of local newspapers Feb. 9:

Feb. 8:68 aftershocks recorded after major earthquake8-year-old girl, Vietnamese woman rescued from debris 60 hours after quake

[Heavy machinery is deployed to digging through the rubble Monday]

President Ma pledges sustained support for earthquake rescueTaiwan thanks Japan, U.S. for earthquake donationsTrapped man rescued 56 hours after building collapse

[In the early hours of Monday]

Building check, urban renewal to be new government's priority: TsaiPresident-elect Tsai Ing-wen visits quake-struck TainanRescuers pull out another survivor from quake rubble in Tainan

Front pages of local newspapers Feb. 8:

Feb. 7:[Firemen in Tainan have makeshift Lunar New Year's Eve meal by the site of a collapsed building.]

Earthquake damage can be prevented: presidentRescuers free lucky few from earthquake rubble

●Video report:

Taiwan's high-speed rail resumes normal operations after earthquake'Site effect' played major role in quake's destructive power: experts

Oil cans may not be at fault in Tainan building collapse: engineerJapan, China send teams to join Taiwan's quake rescue effortsU.S. State Department, lawmakers send condolences over Taiwan quake

Front pages of local newspapers Feb. 7:

●Rescuers begin digging into collapsed building early Sunday

Madonna sends condolences to those affected by Taiwan quake

Feb. 6:14 killed, 484 injured, 153 unaccounted for after quakeQuake death toll climbs to 14; rescue work continues in Tainan

[Saturday evening]

Donations flow in from NGOs, business sector for quake reliefJapan sends evaluation team to Taiwan in wake of earthquakeChina's Red Cross pledges 2m yuan to Taiwan's quake relief efforts

[Saturday evening]

Donations pour in from celebrities after southern Taiwan quakeTaipei 101 to light up in tribute to quake victimsKMT's Chu, DPP pledge donations for quake relief

TSMC rushing to restore full production in Tainan after quakeJapan offers assistance in wake of deadly Taiwan quake1999 quake survivor rescued from toppled building in Taiwan temblor

[A man tries to reach people trapped in the collapsed building through mobile phone]

Facebook activates Safety Check for people in Taiwan quakeAIT voices concern over Tainan quakePresident-elect, political parties donate to quake relief

Investigation into deadly building collapse to be launchedChina's TAO offers to help with Taiwan's quake relief effortsNo major industrial damage in southern Taiwan earthquake

Yulon Group donates NT$10 million to help Tainan quake victimsEarthquake paralyzes high-speed rail in southern TaiwanMilitary, rescuers respond to quake disaster in southern Taiwan

President wants all-out efforts in earthquake rescueMore than 120 rescued in toppled building in Tainan

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern Taiwan at 03:57 a.m. Saturday, toppling multiple buildings in Tainan City, including a 16-story residential building with possibly hundreds of people trapped inside, authorities and witnesses said.

Police and emergency workers were fighting to rescue people from some households in the building, most of which was left lying on its side after the earthquake, in Yongkang District in southern Tainan.

Many residents in central and southern Taiwan said they felt tremors reminiscent of the magnitude 7.3 earthquake in 1999, which left more than 2,400 people dead.

The earthquake's epicenter was located in Meinong District, Kaohsiung City, at a depth of 17 kilometers, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The strongest tremors, which had an intensity reading of 6 on a 0-7 seismic scale, were felt in Yunlin County, the bureau said.

Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Tainan and Chiayi had an intensity of 5 while Taitung, Penghu, Changhua, Nantou and Taichung had 4.

Strong aftershocks, which were centered in Tainan, were felt minutes after the initial tremor.

There were reports of people being injured after being hit by fallen debris. One man in Yunlin reportedly broke his foot when trying to jump to safety from a second-floor window.

(By Jay Chen)


Collapsed buildings reported in Tainan.

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