Earthquake in Taiwan: Southern Taiwan Earthquake

Published: February 6, 2016

Earthquake in Taiwan: Southern Taiwan Earthquake, At least five people were killed Saturday morning when a magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit Taiwan, the Taiwanese Disaster Response Center said.

More than 200 people were rescued from damaged structures, many from a 17-story residential building that collapsed in Tainan, officials told CNN. Two bodies were also recovered from the building, officials said.

Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported earlier that a 10-day-old girl and a 40-year-old man had been killed in Tainan.

More than 60 people in Tainan remain hospitalized, disaster officials said.

A man who was staying in a three-story apartment building in Tainan told Chinese state media CCTV the building was shaking violently when the quake hit before sunrise. His room tilted.

The man said the 45-degree tilt resulted in items inside his room spilling all over the floor. Unable to use the stairs, he managed to escape from the window of the second floor.

One woman told CNN affiliate EBC that rescuers had to cut a hole in order to help her family get out.

“Fortunately we were stuck under a space created by a baby crib and a closet door, so that things won’t fall on us and air was able to get in,” she said from the hospital, where she was receiving treatment for a leg injury. “I was so afraid.”

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