Filipina missing after Taiwan quake identified

Filipina missing after Taiwan quake identified

The natural disaster comes exactly two years since the deadly quake of the same magnitude that killed more than 100 people in the city of Tainan.

The magnitude 6.4 quake, which hit near the coastal city just before midnight on Tuesday, injured 260 people and caused four buildings to collapse, officials said.

It follows nearly 100 smaller tremors to have hit the area in the last three days and comes exactly two years since a quake of the same magnitude struck the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing more than 100 people.

"All the people watching this livestream, please get yourself to a safe place and don't stay home", he said.

Rescuers worked Wednesday to free people trapped after a strong natural disaster near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously.

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MECO chief Angelito Banayo said the missing Filipina, Melody Albano Castro, is employed as a caretaker in an nursing home for the elderly at the devastated city of Hualien.

Two strong earthquakes of magnitude 5.3 and 6.1 were recorded within 45 minutes of each other on Sunday night near Hualien.

China Central Television reported that more than 40 of the missing people were trapped in the Yunmen Cuiti building, a 12-story apartment building. In the aftermath of the quake, more than 40,000 homes are without water, and 1,900 have no power.

Rescuers worked their way around and through the building while residents looked on from behind cordoned-off roads.

Rescuers have been digging "nonstop on the backside of the building" in an attempt to rescue people caught on the lower floors, Hualien County fire commander Zhu Zhe-min said. A auto sat submerged in rubble as rescue workers combed through the ruins of a nearby building.

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Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen, was at the scene and said that Taiwan was grateful for the offers of assistance and support from the rest of the world.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world's largest contract chipmaker and major Apple supplier, said initial assessments indicated no impact from the quake.

Taiwan is part of the "Ring of Fire"-a geological formation that runs around the Pacific Ocean where large continental tectonic plates meet". The government said three mainland Chinese were among the dead.

After being inundated with hundreds of aftershocks, a magnitude 4.8 quake struck Hualien at 8:54 a.m. this morning at a shallow depth, resulting in high intensity level of 6 being felt in the county, according to Central Weather Bureau (CWB) data.

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