2 killed, 200+ injured as 5 buildings collapse in 6.4 Taiwan quake

RT – February 6, 2018

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Taiwan, causing a hotel and several other buildings to collapse. At least two people were killed and more than 200 others injured.

The epicenter of the quake was reportedly 10km deep, some 22km east-northeast of Hualien City, the US Geological Service (USGS) reported. The initial 6.4 quake, which struck at 11:50pm local time, was followed by a number of aftershocks, with at least four measuring five points and higher on the Richter scale, the USGS data shows.

At least five buildings collapsed, China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported. “Two people were unfortunately killed,” Taiwan’s Premier William Lai told an emergency government meeting.

Images posted online appear to show the first floor of the Marshal Hotel in Hualien severely damaged, with parts of the building crumbling onto the sidewalk. Multiple injuries have been reported and rescue workers have been deployed to the scene. According to the Central Disaster Response Center, at least three people remain trapped underneath the debris in Marshal Hotel.