Buildings topple in Taiwan Earthquake

Posted by on Friday, February 5, 2016

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocked an area 22 km (13 mi) northeast of Pingtung, Taiwan early Saturday morning.

Buildings toppled in the city of Tainan where the quake was strongly felt. The city is home to two million people.

Early photos of the aftermath show rescue workers trying to reach people trapped in collapsed buildings, using ladders to climb over piles of rubble. No final tally has been released on the death toll.

There are also numerous power outages.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and often sees tremors. The quake was shallow meaning its effects were more strongly felt. Taiwan is a small island nation 180 km east of China.

A quake that struck back in 1999 was a 7.6 and killed 2,300 people.

The Team

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