Ten-day-old baby among dead after powerful quake hits southern Taiwan

Date: 05/02/2016

A powerful earthquake has toppled a 17-storey apartment proxyblock in southern Taiwan, killing at least two people – including a 10-day old girl.

It has triggered frantic efforts to rescue dozens of people feared trapped inside in the structure, in the city of Tainan.606x340_323428

The baby and a 40-year-old man are the only confirmed deaths from the building, a complex of towers whose floors pancaked down onto each other when the 6.4 magnitude tremor struck before dawn, at the start of a Lunar New Year holiday.

Clipboard021Rescuers mounted hydraulic ladders and a crane to scour the wreckage, plucking more than 120 survivors to safety, according to a fire brigade official.

Elsewhere in the city of two-million people, several buildings titled at alarming angles.     [FULL  STORY]

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