Two dead, over 100 injured in Taiwan quake

Written by February 7, 2018 09:02

Taipei: A 6.4-magnitude quake on the east coast of Taiwan has left two dead and more than 100 injured after buildings were toppled and a hotel collapsed.

Premier William Lai said, two people died in the port city of Hualien and 114 were injured, some seriously.

National fire agency said at least four buildings have collapsed or have been damaged, with televison footage showing roads strewn with rubble and cracks in highways.

Images showed the collapsed Marshal Hotel slanted on its side, partially crumpled into the ground, as rescuers tried to pull people to safety.

Officials from Hualien fire department said, 28 people have been rescued from the hotel and a residential building.

Hualien is one of Taiwan’s most popular tourist hubs as it lies on the picturesque east coast rail line and is near to popular Taroko Gorge.