Wednesday, February 7, 2018

150 strong aftershocks rattle Taiwan after magnitude-6.4 quake

The death toll rose to six, more than 250 people were injured and scores more remained missing following Tuesday's magnitude-6.4 quake centered 13 miles from Hualien, a city of more than 100,000 on Taiwan's east coast.
More than 150 strong aftershocks rattled the area, keeping residents and emergency officials on edge as survivors clambered from compromised buildings.

Four mobile cranes propped up the perilously tilting Yun Men Tsui Ti complex — home to apartments, a restaurant, shops and a hostel. Taiwan's TVBS News reported authorities suspended rescue efforts in the 12-story complex late Wednesday during heavy rains as the building's tilt grew more pronounced.
Among those rescued was Japanese couple Shumin Okubo, 63, and her husband Tao, 68. She told Taiwan's state-owned Central News Agency they were in bed when it began sliding toward the wall as the building tilted. She said her husband has a physical disability due to a stroke.

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