Saturday, February 6, 2016

Seven dead and more than 10 people trapped in rubble due to the earthquake in Taiwan – Daily News – Lisbon

Abalo 6.4 on the Richter scale caused more than 400 wounded

The Taiwanese authorities revealed that rose to seven the death toll resulting from the earthquake today hit the city of Tainan in southern Taiwan, and more than 10 people still trapped in buildings to rubble.

the earthquake of 6, 4 degrees on the Richter scale today registered in Tainan also caused more than 400 wounded, said the Taiwan Emergency National Service, who explained that the firefighters and military teams continue to rescue about 10 survivors trapped in the rubble.

most of the dead and the survivors who were trapped in the rubble were in the building of 17 floors Wei Kunan, the hardest hit among the 14 that collapsed or were seriously damaged by the earthquake.

one of the firefighters who participated in the rescue stressed that the number of people trapped in the rubble, calculated at the beginning of testimony from residents, who pointed to about a hundred, was revised downwards based on new data.

one of the fatalities is a Baby just ten days and sinister place alternate scenes of joy, like that of a woman who witnessed her husband’s regattas, with the anguish, as in the case of a woman who knew nothing of their two children.

“If we do not take, I’m looking for them,” said the mother screaming.

a father with Hu’s nickname, recovered the hopes of seeing the children when firefighters rescued the cat from the house and, indeed, shortly after were removed alive their two children.

“I was sure the cat was with my children,” Hu said.

the scene in Tainan is devastating, with collapsed buildings, others with floors destroyed and some inclined and damaged structures, gas leaks and interupção supply of electricity.

the earthquake left 168,000 homes without electricity supply and 40,000 without water and a gas station located in front of a damaged building was evacuated and the fuel removed due to danger of collapse.

Several cars and motorcycles were under the buildings and cracks in the ground, some more than two meters, opened in Tainan golf course.

the high-speed train linking the south to the north of the island stopped the services on a day when many Taiwan residents traveling to celebrate with family the Lunar New Year, whose passage is celebrated on Sunday evening.

the President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, said that being prepared 1,200 beds in schools and other places to temporarily accommodate those affected.

However, Taiwan seismologists warned that still expect more earthquakes more than six on the Richter scale on the island this year, without ruling out the possibility that they occur in the coming weeks.

the epicenter of the earthquake of 6.4 degrees on the Richter scale, was located in village Meinung, south of Taiwan, at a depth of 16.7 kilometers, to Saturday 03:57 (about 20:00 Friday in Lisbon), 39 kilometers northeast of Kaohsiung, the second largest city the island has an important port.

the magnitude of the earthquake was initially estimated at 6.7 on the Richter scale, but authorities later revised to 6.4.

Taiwan is next two tectonic plates and is hit regularly by earthquakes.

in June 2013 a quake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck the center of the island and caused four deaths and land slips widespread.

in September 1999 a magnitude 7.6 quake caused about 2,400 dead.


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