Canadians among the dead in Taiwan earthquake

Pauline Gross
February 11, 2018

The 6.4 magnitude quake, which struck Hualien on Tuesday, has injured 270 people. The Associated Press reported February 8 that more than 260 people were injured and 10 people remained unaccounted for in Hualien County. Six mainland Chinese were also injured, the Chinese Communist Party-run People's Daily reported.

At the Yunmen Tsuiti building, clothes and other personal items were visible on the balconies as the rescue work continued.

The quake, which hit about 21 kilometers northeast of Hualien shortly before midnight, left at least six people dead and at least 250 injured.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen visited Thursday with people sheltering in schools and other sites as a safeguard against repeated aftershocks.

Rescuers from Japan join the searching operation at an apartment building collapsed after a strong quake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

"It's still in the process of tilting, so it would be risky to go in there", Chen said. CNA posted photos showing a road fractured in several parts.

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"This is one of the problems they're contending with here, not only the weather - but the continuing aftershocks".

Speaking from a crisis centre in Taipei, cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung said rail links appeared to be unaffected and the runway of Hualien airport was intact.

Hualien is home to about 100,000 people.

Ambassador Shen said the rescue efforts are made more hard given that it's winter in Taiwan. They were among the last five people known to be missing beneath the rubble of the 12-storey commercial and residential complex in the eastern coastal city of Hualien, the Central Emergency Operation Centre (CEOC) said Saturday.

Taiwan has frequent earthquakes, a lot of them minor, but a magnitude-7.6 quake killed more than 2,300 people in 1999 and was Taiwan's worst recent natural disaster.

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