7 may be trapped in quake-hit Taiwan building

Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake- Taiwan on Wednesday 7 February 2018

The quake struck the eastern city of Hualien on Tuesday night, reports Efe news.

"According to Taiwan immigration service, the body pulled out from the ruins this afternoon was that of our missing Filipino caretaker", the Manila Economic and Cultural Office said.

Rescuers said five other mainland tourists are still trapped in the building, four adults and one child.

Engineers have attempted to secure it using concrete blocks and steel, but efforts have been complicated by ongoing tremors and rainfall. "Then it sank and tilted further and the fourth floor became the first floor", said Lu Chih-son, 35, who saw 20 people rescued from the building.

"My bed turned completely vertical".

A hotel in Hualien has collapsed following the natural disaster, Reuters reported, citing the Taiwanese government. No one is any longer believed trapped above the second floor, he said.

The quake and the ensuing aftershocks destroyed a bridge and damaged paved roads and collapsed buildings, with at least six tall buildings tilting precariously on their sides.

Huang made the comment after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed appreciation earlier that day on her Twitter account for the expressions of sympathy and blessings extended by countries around the world, including the United States, Japan, China, and the European Union in the wake of the natural disaster.

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The Japanese team arrived in Taiwan at about 2 p.m. Thursday.

"I understand that every effort is being made to rescue the injured and provide relief to those affected by this tragedy", the Dalai Lama wrote in his letter to the President.

The agency says 219 people were injured, two dozen of them critically, in Hualien county.

He was rescued from the building, as were many others.

A 30-year-old woman said it is possible to know when storms will end but that is not true of quakes. "Later, my entire family and all my neighbours ran out onto the street".

The Filipina's body was discovered on the 7th floor of the building in which she had been working. In fact, hit roughly the same region just northeast of the island on Sunday, and magnitude 4.5 or higher have shaken the city since Tuesday's natural disaster.

The hotel that collapsed is the Marshal Hotel, according to the Taiwan Observer.

Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, Wednesday expressed deep sympathy to all the victims and honest regards to Taiwan compatriots who suffered, saying that people from the mainland were deeply concerned about the natural disaster and sympathized with their Taiwan compatriots.

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