Several feared trapped after Taiwan natural disaster

Several feared trapped after Taiwan natural disaster

Several feared trapped after Taiwan natural disaster

Four people died while 85 more went missing and at least 243 were injured after a 6.4-magnitude quake hit off the coast of eastern Taiwan.

The devastating natural disaster in Taiwan's city of Hualien did a lot of damage.

The quake caused the Marshal Hotel in Hualien to cave in.

This footage (above) of a hotel tilting to one side shows rescuers and fire fighters in action.

At least four people were killed and 247 injured in the quake, while 82 were unaccounted for.

The government said the natural disaster took place late last night near Hualien, the same area as a strong quake on Tuesday and where recovery efforts are still ongoing.

Chen Deming, president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, said the mainland was willing to help with relief efforts, such as sending teams to the island. One person was killed there and two were missing, officials said.

In the evening, Tsai visited the Hualien County Stadium, which is also being used as a temporary shelter.

Strong aftershocks continued to strike sending rescue teams scurrying from the building, only for them to return a little while later and resume their grim task.

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A magnitude 6.4 quake struck just to the northeast of the city of Hualien in Taiwan late on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, causing a hotel to collapse and forcing the closure of a nearby highway, the government said.

Tuesday night's quake was the most violent he's felt in his 17 years on the island, he said.

A rescue worker says a crew is trying to free two people from a hotel whose ground floor caved after a strong quake hit near Taiwan's eastern coast. Over 140 individuals have not been accounted for. A auto sat submerged in rubble as rescue workers combed through the ruins of a nearby building.

Rescuers fear dozens of people are stuck in collapsed buildings. "Then it sank and tilted further and the fourth floor became the first floor", said Lu Chih-son, 35, who saw 20 people rescued from the building. Without proper infrastructure and earthquake-proof buildings, many more lives will be lost in future events.

The force of the tremor buckled roads and disrupted electricity and water supplies to thousands of households, the fire agency said.

Bridges and some roadways remain closed until inspections prove they are safe for travel, although local airports and rail services remain fully operational.

Hualien Mayor Fu Kun-chi said the number of people missing was now close to 60, although an exact figure was not provided.

A Filipina caretaker is reported missing by police on Wednesday, February 7, after a 6.4-magnitude quake hit the east coast of Taiwan, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chair Lito Banayo said in an interview with ANC's Dateline. It occurred at a depth of about 9.5 kilometers (6 miles). Earthquakes regularly strike the area.

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