Sunday 11 December 2016

Two buildings collapse after 6.4 magnitude earthquakes strikes Taiwan

Published 05/02/2016 | 23:17

A building is damaged from an earthquake in Taiwan
A building is damaged from an earthquake in Taiwan
Rescue personnel work at a damaged building after an earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan
Rescue personnel work at a damaged building after an earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan
A building is damaged from an earthquake in Taiwan
A building is damaged from an earthquake in Tainan
Rescuers are seen entering an office building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo)
Rescuers are seen entering an office building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo)

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, causing at least two buildings to collapse.

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The Taiwanese news website ET Today reported that two buildings toppled in the southern city of Tainan and that some water and gas pipes had ruptured. Sirens were wailing as city authorities responded to the quake, the news website said.

The quake struck about 4am local time, or 8pm Friday GMT. It was located some 22 miles south-east of Yujing, and struck about six miles underground, according to the US Geological Survey.

It was felt as a lengthy, rolling shake in the capital, Taipei, on the other side of the island. But Taipei was quiet, with no sense of emergency or obvious damage just before dawn.

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