18 died in Taiwan earthquake

18 died in Taiwan earthquake


At least 18 people were killed and more than 500 were injured Saturday morning when a magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit Taiwan, the official Central News Agency reported.More than 350 people were rescued from damaged structures, many from a 16-story residential building that collapsed in Tainan, officials told CNN. At least 16 of the dead were from the Weiguan Jinlong building, CNA said.As of Saturday night, dozens of children were among at least 153 people still unaccounted for in Tainan, CNA reported, citing the local fire department. A cold wave moving into the area added to their sense of urgency.CNA reported earlier that a 10-day-old girl and a 40-year-old man had been killed in Tainan.More than 60 people in the city remain hospitalized, disaster officials said.Seven other buildings in Tainan were damaged.

“This was strong enough to not only be felt here in the [Taiwanese] capital city of Taipei but also in the southern provinces of China,” Elise Hu, an NPR correspondent who was in Taipei when the quake hit, said in an interview with CNN. “Taiwan is very used to earthquakes and tremors, but this is far more significant than the island has seen in quite a while.”Pop star Madonna told concertgoers in Taipei that she felt the tremor in her 17th floor hotel room and it was scary, CNA reported. At the Saturday night show she offered her condolences and asked the audience to keep the victims in their thoughts.More than 1,500 people are involved in rescue efforts, the disaster center said.A man who was staying in a three-story apartment building in Tainan told Chinese state media CCTV the building was shaking violently when the quake hit before sunrise. His room tilted 45 degrees, and items inside his room spilled all over the floor.Unable to use the stairs, he managed to escape from the window of the second floor.


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