Taiwan quake fells 17-storey building, 123 rescued so far: fire brigade

2016-02-05 23:58:41 GMT2016-02-06 07:58:41(Beijing Time)  Agencies
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)
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)
Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rattles Taiwan Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rattles Taiwan
TWN01. Taipei City (Taiwan), 06/02/2016.- Tsai Min-chien, a member of the Seismological Observation Center, points to a graph after three earthquakes measuring 6.4, 4.3 and 4.5 respectively hit southern Taiwan, early 06 February 2016. The first quake, magnitude 6.4, hit Kaohsiung City at 03:57 (19:57 GMT Friday) on Saturday, followed by a 4.3 and a 4.5 quake centered in the nearby Tainan City. There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties. (Terremoto/sismo) EFE/EPA/DAVID CHANG TWN01. Taipei City (Taiwan), 06/02/2016.- Tsai Min-chien, a member of the Seismological Observation Center, points to a graph after three earthquakes measuring 6.4, 4.3 and 4.5 respectively hit southern Taiwan, early 06 February 2016. The first quake, magnitude 6.4, hit Kaohsiung City at 03:57 (19:57 GMT Friday) on Saturday, followed by a 4.3 and a 4.5 quake centered in the nearby Tainan City. There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties. (Terremoto/sismo) EFE/EPA/DAVID CHANG
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rattles Taiwan Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rattles Taiwan
Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rattles Taiwan Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rattles Taiwan
Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rattles Taiwan Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rattles Taiwan

TAIPEI - A Taiwan quake toppled a 17-storey apartment building in southern Tainan city on Saturday, and crews had so far rescued 123 people from the wreckage, a fire brigade official said.

There were no immediate reports of deaths from the 6.4 magnitude tremor, which struck before dawn.

"There are 60 households in that building," said Tainan City Government Fire Bureau information officer Lee Po Min, estimating that there might be about 240 people living there.

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