Date: FEB 6 2016, 12:23 AM ET
By PHIL HELSEL and REUTERS
A powerful earthquake struck in southern Taiwan Saturday, toppling buildings and leaving at least five people dead and hundreds more injured, officials said.
The 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck about 30 miles east of Tainan, a city of more than 1.8 million, just before 4 a.m. (3 p.m. Friday E.T.), the U.S. Geological Survey said.
At least 378 people were hurt in the quake, which caused nine buildings to topple and five more to tilt, Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said.
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Buildings Collapse, Many Trapped After Earthquake Rocks Taiwan 1:17
The 16-story Wei Guan residential building in Tainan collapsed, setting off a frantic search effort that involved more than 200 firefighters, authorities said. Other buildings were left tilted at alarming angles.
Four people were killed inside the collapsed Wei Guan building and at least 26 residents remain missing, according to the National Fire Agency.
A 10-day-old baby is among the dead, Reuters reported. [FULL STORY]