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Taiwan quake: Death toll rises, 7 left missing

Death toll from a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that hit Hualien rises to 10 while rescue workers rush to save survivors.

Taiwan quake

Rescue workers combed through the rubble as the death toll from a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of eastern Taiwan rose to 10.

Authorities revised the number of people who were still missing down from about 60 to seven on Thursday evening. Taiwan's Central New Agency reported that they were all guests at the Beauty Inn.

While search-and-rescue operations were under way, another 5.7-magnitude temblor hit late on Wednesday near the port city of Hualien, 120km south of the capital Taipei. Residents also endured more than 200 aftershocks on Wednesday and into Thursday.

More than 260 people were injured in the major quake that struck just after midnight on Wednesday, resulting in the collapse of a hotel and several other buildings, the National Fire Agency said.

Media reports showed images and footage of leaning buildings and cracked pavement.

"Buildings simply toppled over crushing floors… It is believed that a number of people will have died," McBride said.

Hualien, a tourist city surrounded by mountains, is home to about 100,000 people.

The island has seen similar earthquakes as it sits in the so-called Ring of Fire, an area in the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic activity is common.

In September 1999, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan killed more than 2,400 people and left 100,000 homeless.


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