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At Least 6 Dead, 88 Missing in Taiwan Earthquake

At least six people are now confirmed dead from Tuesday's strong earthquake in Taiwan, which left at least two buildings partially collapsed and tilting at dangerous angles. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.4 magnitude quake struck just before midnight local time near the coastal city of Hualien, a popular tourist destination of 100,000 residents on Taiwan's eastern coast. The quake split roads in half and caused them to buckle, left about 40,000 homes without water, and nearly 2,000 others without power.  At least two of the fatalities were found in the wreckage of the Marshal Hotel, which was tilting on its side after its ground floor had caved in.  Rescue crews are also searching for survivors in the wreckage of a 12-story apartment complex that was also left partially collapsed and leaning over dangerously.  Several mobile cranes were deployed to the site to help prop up the structure. More...

 

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