Multiple buildings collapse, at least 3 killed in 6.4 quake in Taiwan
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The Tainan City mayor has confirmed that at least two people are dead at the site of the collapsed 17-story building. In total at least four buildings have collapsed as a result of the earthquake.
“Four buildings have collapsed in Tainan City area. Search and rescue is underway and no casualties have been reported at this moment,” Lin Kuan-cheng, spokesman for the National Fire Agency, told AFP.
The 17-floor apartment building houses about 240 people and consists of at least 60 households, according to City Government Fire Bureau information officer Lee Po Min.
At least 123 people have been rescued from that residential tower, the local fire brigade told Reuters. Formosa TV said 37 people were rescued from another seven-story property.
The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 6.7.
According to EpochTimes, China, seven people were slightly injured in a retail market in Tainan. Another person was slightly injured in the Quy Nhon district.
The epicenter of the quake was located at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km), some 19 miles (31 km) east-southeast of Tainan, the USGS said.
The quake has been described as “enormous” and “a big one” on social media.
The USGS has warned that a magnitude 6.4 earthquake is capable of causing “severe damage.” Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau also measured a second quake of 4.3 magnitude in Tainan, Reuters reported.
Local authorities in Tainan have said that they have formed an emergency response center following the quake.