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Yowbarb Note, article is from 11 hours ago, at least 88 unaccounted for, 7 known deaths, 260 injuries...M6.4 Tuesday night. 7 buildings collapsed, some aftershocks
Taiwan Earthquake Kills at Least 7; Dozens Remain Missing

By Sean Breslin and Ada Carr

...The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor struck at 11:50 p.m. local time (10:50 a.m. U.S. EST) at a depth of about 6 miles. The epicenter was located about 13 miles north-northeast of Hualien, Taiwan.

Two of the victims were employees at the Marshal Hotel, which partially collapsed during the temblor, the Associated Press reported via Taiwan's Central News Agency. The hotel's first through third floors were flattened, the Taiwan News reported.

This tweet is from Tsai Ing-wen, Feb 6, 2018

Tsai Ing-wen is a Taiwanese politician and the President of the Republic of China, commonly known as Taiwan. Tsai is the second president from the Democratic Progressive Party, and the first woman elected to the office.

article, 3 hours ago:

Rescuers brave aftershocks to pull bodies from tilting Taiwan tower

Michelle YUN, AFP February 8, 2018

Taiwanese rescuers Thursday braved aftershocks coursing through a dangerously leaning apartment block that was partially toppled by a deadly earthquake, as their search for survivors uncovered two more bodies.

At least nine people were killed when a 6.4-magnitude quake struck the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien on Tuesday, according to a revised toll from the national fire agency which also slashed the number of missing from nearly 60 people to 10.

The powerful tremor left a handful of buildings badly damaged -- some of them leaning at precarious angles -- as well as roads torn up and hundreds forced to shelter in local schools and a stadium.

The major focus for emergency responders remained the Yun Tsui apartment block where six of the deaths occurred and the remaining 10 missing people are believed to be.

The lower floors of the 12-storey tower -- which also housed a hotel -- pancaked, leaving the structure leaning at a fifty-degree angle and sparking fears of an imminent collapse.

Despite those risks rescuers kept going into the building in a desperate search for survivors. But Thursday's search only recovered two bodies -- a Chinese mainland tourist and a hotel worker.

Strong aftershocks continued to strike, sending the teams scurrying from the building, only for them to return a little later and resume their grim task.

An emergency responder surnamed Lin said it took 14 hours to free the body of the hotel worker, who was partially trapped between the hotel's ceiling and floor.

"We saw his hair and were digging for some time," he told AFP.

All the while they could hear the victim's mobile phone ringing, he added. The man was later brought out in a white body bag.

A Red Cross worker at the scene estimated that the building had tilted another five percent overnight, adding he had little hope of survivors being found on its lowest floors.

"Floors one to three are all compressed so it's hard to tell whether there are people," he told AFP, requesting anonymity.

He said that there was no risk of a gas explosion in the building but the aftershocks and further slippage remained a persistent danger.

- Popular tourist spot -

The national fire agency said three of those killed were Chinese nationals from the mainland. All were believed to be staying at the Beauty Stay Hotel, which was located on the second floor of the apartment block.

Of the 10 people registered as missing, seven are believed to have been staying at the hotel, the remaining three are from residential apartments in the same building.

Hualien is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist destinations as it lies on the picturesque east coast rail line and near the popular Taroko Gorge.

But the mountains that rise up behind the city -- and bestow Taiwan's east coast with such majestic beauty -- are a testament to the deadly tectonic faultlines that run through the island.

The government said 17 foreigners sought medical treatment for minor injuries.

Local broadcaster SET TV ran an interview with a man who said he was the husband of one of the mainland Chinese victims.

The woman, named as 39-year-old Yu Fei, was travelling with the couple's young son on the island. The son survived the quake with light injuries. She was pulled from the wrecked building and later died in hospital.

"They were travelling on their own as I was busy and couldn't accompany them," the man, who had rushed from the Chinese city of Xiamen, said. "I got in touch with my son, he cried."

President Tsai Ing-wen, who on Wednesday visited survivors and the Yun Tsui apartment block, praised emergency responders.

"Rescuers on the scene and hospital staffers continue to dedicate themselves fully to the rescue works," she wrote on Facebook. "Stay hopeful and never give up."

The Hualien quake came exactly two years to the day after a similar sized tremor struck the western city of Tainan, killing 117 people.

Most of those who perished died in a single apartment block which collapsed.

Five people were later found guilty over the disaster, including the developer and two architects, for building an inadequate structure.

The island's worst tremor in recent decades was a 7.6-magnitude quake in September 1999 that killed around 2,400 people.

That quake ushered in stricter building codes but many of Taiwan's older buildings remain perilously vulnerable to even moderate quakes.


North Korea hit by EARTHQUAKE ‘dangerously close’ to NUCLEAR testing ground

North Korea has been struck by an earthquake that hit close to where despot leader Kim Jong-un conducts his underground nuclear tests, a meteorologist in the South has claimed.

By Joseph Carey
Published: 01:21, Thu, Feb 8, 2018

The 2.7 magnitude quake appeared in the north-east region of the country, close to North Hamgyong Province.

Yesterday the country was hit with a 2.6 magnitude quake in a similar region that was declared by South Korea’s meteorological agency.

The ground shook roughly 30 miles north-northwest of the village of Kilju in the same province.

The tremors could have been a result of underground tests by Kim Jong-un that generate seismic waves.

A third quake shook the hermit kingdom at the end of January that sparked renewed fears of a fresh nuclear test from Kim Jong-un.

The 3.2 magnitude earthquake was likely a natural tremor, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

They said: "Artificial quakes from explosions create sound waves, but there were not sound waves detected this time.

”It's also far from North Korea's nuclear test area."


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