Aftershocks continue to hit Taiwan following a powerful earthquake:
Aftershocks continue to rattle Taiwan following a powerful earthquake which killed at least four people and wounded more than 200 others.
The powerful 6.4-magnitude tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) roughly 20km (12 miles) from the island’s east shore.
Numerous buildings throughout the city of Hualien are severely damaged. Over 140 people still stay unaccounted for from 1 building.
Hualien, a favorite tourist hub, is home to approximately 100,000 individuals.
Residents in the city of Hualien have been advised to steer clear of their ruined houses, and approximately 800 have taken refuge in neighborhood buildings due to the aftershocks.
The Yunman Cuidi construction, that has residential and industrial flooring, is leaning to one side after sustaining significant damage. About 143 of its inhabitants remain unaccounted for, local press said.
Rescuers on Wednesday afternoon were still working to achieve a minimum of five other men and women that are considered to be trapped in buildings such as two individuals believed to be trapped within the Marshal Hotel.
Among the several badly damaged buildings was a hospital, local media said.
“We were still open when [the earthquake] happened,” Lin Ching-wen, who operates a restaurant near the hospital told newswire Reuters.
“I grabbed my wife and children and we ran out and tried to rescue people.”
Emergency responders, including soldiers, worked through the night, rescuing about 150 people from damaged buildings, but powerful aftershocks have disrupted rescue efforts.