14 killed, hundreds injured in Taiwan quake

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Baku, February 6, AZERTAC

The death toll of a powerful, shallow earthquake that struck southern Taiwan early Saturday has risen to 14, including a new-born infant, as of 9 p.m. according to the island's disaster response center, according to Xinhua. Over 340 people have been rescued. The rescue is still underway. Previous reports revealed 462 people were injured in the quake and over 170 still unaccounted for.

The 6.7-magnitude quake hit Kaohsiung city at a depth of 15 kilometers at 3:57 a.m. Beijing Time on Saturday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. Local monitoring authorities put the scale of the quake at 6.4-magnitude. In the historic city of Tainan, which bore the brunt of the quake, eight buildings collapsed and another five were partially damaged.

Among those killed are a 10-day-old baby girl. She was one of ten people killed in the collapse of the 16-story Wei Guan residential building in the Yongkang District of Tainan.

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