Filipina missing in Taiwan natural disaster: DFA

Filipina missing in Taiwan natural disaster: DFA

Filipina missing in Taiwan natural disaster: DFA

Four people were killed, and more than 200 were injured when a 6.4-magnitude quake rocked the city of Hualien on the east coast of Taiwan late Tuesday night local time.

There are 173 people still unaccounted for. The shallow quake was felt as far away as the capital city of Taipei about 120 km (74 miles) to the north, according to USGS reports.

Rescuers focused on the Yunmen Tsuiti residential building that was tilted at a almost 45-degree angle, erecting long steel beams to prevent it from collapsing.

"I grabbed my wife and children and we ran out and tried to rescue people", he said. One building apparently had collapsed onto what once was the ground floor.

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

"I've never actually experienced an natural disaster before but I'd heard people say that there were often earthquakes here, so at first I didn't really react, but later when all the lights started smashing - the floor was covered in glass - that is when I realized it was really serious", said tourist Zhang Hongcong.

Chen lived with his daughter on the top floor of the Yun Tsui apartment block where at least four people were killed as the building's lower floors collapsed, leaving the structure leaning dangerously at a forty degree angle.

An 80-year-old resident of the building told the AFP news agency that he was asleep in his flat on the top floor when Tuesday's quake struck.

Taiwan is located on the "Pacific Ring of Fire", an area known for its intense seismic activity, and was hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake in 1999 that killed at least 2,415 people. There have been several other strong quakes in the area in the last few days.

Images from the city showed tilted structures, scattered debris and extensive damage to roads.

President Tsai Ing-wen was at the scene of the quake on Wednesday morning, where she visited hospitals and relief centres.

"Thank you to our first responders for their tireless efforts in #Hualien", she said.

"We're putting a priority on Hualien people being able to return home to check on their loved ones", Hsu said. "There are many aftershocks and we are anxious the house is damaged".

Laura Lo, a worker at the 7-Eleven convenience store across the street from the Marshal Hotel, said the first and second floors of the hotel appeared to be severely damaged and police officers were conducting rescue operations there.

Hualien - Taiwanese rescuers on Thursday braved aftershocks coursing through a dangerously leaning apartment block that was partially toppled by a deadly quake as their search for survivors uncovered two more bodies.

She added that she felt very scared and found it "unbelievable" that the hotel building near her home was so seriously damaged.

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