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Rescuers fearless aftershocks as bodies pulled from teetering Taiwan tower

08 February 2018

Rescue services search for people in a damaged building in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, 07 February 2018, after a magnitude 6 quake hit Hualien on the night of 06 February 2018. "But then it got really terrifying", the worker, Chen Ming-hui, told Taiwan's official Central News Agency after he was reunited with his son and grandson following the quake.

Also Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message of condolence and support to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, according to the Foreign Ministry. Six mainland Chinese were also injured, the Chinese Communist Party-run People's Daily reported.

Meanwhile, 600 military personnel and more than 750 firefighters combed through rubble and helped with rescue efforts, according to Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center.

According the Central Emergency Operation Center, nine people have died, 62 are missing and 266 were injured as a result of Tuesday's (Feb. 6) magnitude 6.0 quake.

A Reuters video showed large cracks in the road.

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According to reports, 145 people were missing, 225 were injured and four were confirmed dead following the deadly quake which struck the popular Taiwanese city. Rescue crews continue to search night and day for survivors.

"Someone was waiting for me outside, (saying), 'Give me your hand, ' and pulled me out", she said.

The Executive Yuan is to provide NT$300 million (US$10.25 million) in disaster relief funds in the wake of a devastating quake in Hualien County on Tuesday night, Premier William Lai (賴清德) said yesterday.

Tsai, who visited survivors on Wednesday and the Yun Tsui apartment block, praised emergency responders. "The government will work with everyone to guard their homeland".

Bridges and some highways were closed pending inspections. Residents were directed to shelters where they were provided with food, water and a place to sleep.

Two dead, over 100 injured in Taiwan quake
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it had received no requests for consular assistance following the quake. According to Taiwan News , a swarm of earthquakes struck eastern Taiwan over the past several days.

MECO chief Angelito Banayo said the missing Filipina, Melody Albano Castro, is employed as a caretaker in an nursing home for the elderly at the devastated city of Hualien. However, Hualien's airport runway was intact and rail links appear to be unaffected.

The tremor struck 22km northeast of Hualien at a depth of 1km at 11:50pm local time, the US Geological Survey said on Tuesday.

Taiwan is located within the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", an area known for its intense seismic activity. Many people remain stuck in the bottom two floors. Five people involved in the construction of the complex were later found guilty of negligence and given prison sentences.

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

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Rescuers fearless aftershocks as bodies pulled from teetering Taiwan tower