Saturday, 6 February 2016

BREAKING: 6.4 quake in Taiwan

Multiple buildings collapse, casualties unknown in 6.4 quake in Taiwan

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6 February, 2016

Multiple buildings, including a residential tower, have collapsed after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early on Saturday. Authorities in the affected city have formed an emergency response center.

At least four buildings have collapsed as a result of the earthquake.

"Four buildings have collapsed in Tainan City area. Search and rescue is underway and no casualties have been reported at this moment," Lin Kuan-cheng, spokesman for the National Fire Agency, told AFP.

According to EpochTimes, China, seven people were slightly injured in a retail market in Tainan. Another person was slightly injured in the Quy Nhon district.

The epicenter of the quake was located at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km), some 19 miles (31 km) east-southeast of Tainan, the USGS said.

The quake has been described as "enormous" and "a big one" on social media.

The USGS has warned that a magnitude 6.4 earthquake is capable of causing “severe damage.” Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau also measured a second quake of 4.3 magnitude in Tainan, Reuters reported.

Local authorities in Tainan have said that they have formed an emergency response center following the quake.

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