7 Dead, Hundreds Rescued and Injured as Quake Rattles Taiwan

February 6, 2016 7:00 AM

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Rescuers raced to find additional survivors after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday and collapsed a high-rise residential complex, killing at least seven people and sending scores to hospital.

Rescuers pulled 249 survivors from the rubble in the worst-hit Tainan city, and about eight people remained unaccounted for. More than 1,200 firefighters scrambled with ladders, cranes and other equipment to the ruins of a 17-floor residential building that folded like an accordion.

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