Rescuers search for Survivors in southern Taiwan earthquake

Taiwan’s Tainan city government has reported 221 people rescued, 154 hospitalized and seven dead after a major earthquake toppled buildings in the early hours of Saturday. Rescue teams are searching through the rubble.

The shallow earthquake struck early on Saturday morning when most people in the southern city of Hainan were asleep. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at about 4 a.m. local time (2000 UTC). At a depth of just 10 kilometers (six miles), it was followed by a series of aftershocks of 3.8-magnitude or more about half an hour after the intial quake.

Authorities said the death toll had risen to seven with 155 people injured. The news website ET Today reported that 318 people had been taken to hospital.

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