Rescuers brave aftershocks as Taiwan quake toll rises to 9

HUALIEN, Taiwan: Taiwanese rescuers braved powerful aftershocks to search for survivors in a dangerously leaning apartment block that was partially toppled by a quake, locating two more bodies early Thursday (Feb 8) as the death toll reached 9 and dozens remain missing.

6.4-magnitude quake hit the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien late Tuesday, leaving a handful of buildings badly damaged – some of them leaning at terrifying angles – as well as roads torn up and hundreds sheltering in local schools and a stadium.

The major focus for emergency responders remained the Yun Tsui apartment block where six of the deaths occurred and dozens are still missing.

CHANNEL NEWS ASIA

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