Strong earthquake hits southern Taiwan, trapping residents

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/06
By: Jay Chen

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern 64474469Taiwan at 03:57 a.m. Saturday, toppling multiple buildings in Tainan City, including a 16-story residential building with possibly hundreds of people trapped inside, authorities and witnesses said.

Police and emergency workers were fighting to rescue people from some households in the building, most of which was left lying on its side after the earthquake, in Yongkang District in southern Tainan.

Many residents in central and southern Taiwan said they felt tremors reminiscent of the magnitude 7.3 earthquake in 1999, which left more than 2,400 people dead.

The earthquake’s epicenter was located in Meinong District, Kaohsiung City, at a depth of 17 kilometers, according to the Central Weather Bureau.     [FULL  STORY]

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