Taiwan Earthquake: 6.5 magnitude tremors kill 2, over 100 injured


Philip Yang, director of the Taiwan Association of International Relations, said from a humanitarian point of view, there was nothing wrong with accepting assistance from Japan and using its equipment in the rescue operation.

The man, surnamed Leung, was an employee of the Marshal Hotel, whose ground floor caved in as a result of the shallow, magnitude 6.4 quake that struck late Tuesday night.

Geological Survey said the 6.4 magnitude natural disaster hit around the middle of the night local time near the coastal city of Hualien.

Pratiam's anklebone was ruptured.

He was rescued from the building, as were many others. The government said a bridge in the city on Taiwan's eastern coast could not be used, and the structure of an inn had tilted during the natural disaster.

"It requires a thorough technical inspection, which may take two to three months", he said, adding that factors such as the nature of the soil and how quake waves passed through the building could have played a part.

Among the several badly damaged buildings was a hospital, local media reports.

With aftershocks continuing through the night, residents were being directed to shelters, including a newly built baseball stadium, where beds and hot food were provided.

The quake caused buildings to crumble in the Taiwanese city of Halien, trapping people inside.

"I understand that every effort is being made to rescue the injured and provide relief to those affected by this tragedy", the Dalai Lama wrote in his letter to the President.

Despite those risks rescuers kept going into the building in a desperate search for survivors.

Hualien, whose rugged Pacific coastline and picturesque Taroko Gorge National Park are a major tourist draw, is home to about 100,000 people. The government reported that two bridges in the city were either cracked or could not be used and that many roads were buckled and risky.

The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (Meco) has confirmed that a Filipino is missing following a 6.4-magnitude natural disaster that struck Hualien County.

The country suffered a strong 7.6-magnitude tremor in 1999, which killed at least 2,415 people.

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