According to credible reports from Taiwanese Disaster Response Center, it has been confirmed that three people have died following 6.4 magnitude earthquake which hit the city on Saturday morning. The rescuers have pulled out more than 220 people from a 17 story residential building that collapsed in Tainan.
According to US Geological Survey, the center point of impact was located 22 miles southeast of Yujing, and it struck about 6 miles underground. Earth Quake rocked the city at 04:00 AM Local Time and most of the people were asleep at the time of impact.
Disaster officials confirmed that 150 people have been admitted in a Tainan hospital. The Emergency Response Center, which is now functioning in the city, confirmed three people were killed, and it includes a 10-day-old infant, a 55-year-old woman, and a 50-year-old man.
The Tainan City Government confirmed that two people have suffered heart attack, out of the 150 persons who have hospitalized,
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Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that at least a dozen people have been rescued from a market and a seven-floor building that was badly damaged.
Chinese Government has made it clear that they have extended their support towards Taiwan. China’s office handling relations confirmed that they have been in touch with their Taiwanese counterparts soon after the quake hit the city of Tainan.
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China also sent a letter offering rescue assistance, and they also expressed their condolences to people who lost their lives due to the shake. China considers Taiwan as a renegade province.
Earthquakes are quite common in Taiwan, but most of the times, these impacts will be very minor, and it won’t cause any damage. But this time, the impact was pretty much huge, and after tremors were felt even in mainland of China.
In 1999, more than 2300 people were killed in Taiwan following an earthquake of 7.3 magnitude.