Six dead, 88 missing after earthquake hits Taiwan

Feb 08, 2018, 08:58 IST | Agencies

Rescuers are working to try to reach people who were trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously

Rescue workers scramble to search for survivors in buildings left tilting on their foundations in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 7, after an earthquake struck on Tuesday night. Pic/AFP
Rescue workers scramble to search for survivors in buildings left tilting on their foundations in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 7, after an earthquake struck on Tuesday night. Pic/AFP

Rescuers are working to try to reach people who were trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least six people were killed and 88 missing in the quake.

Video footage and photos showed several mid-sized buildings in worst-hit Hualien county leaning at sharp angles, their lowest floors crushed into mangled heaps of concrete, shattered glass, bent iron beams and other debris.

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Firefighters could be seen climbing ladders hoisted against windows as they sought to reach residents inside apartments. The 6.4-magnitude quake that struck late on Tuesday night caused at least four buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously.

256
Total no. of people injured

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