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They amounted to 13 dead in Taiwan quake

A strong earthquake measuring 6.4 degrees on the Richter scale, rocked last Friday the southern city of Tainan, southern Taiwan, leaving at least 13 dead, 480 wounded (twenty gravity) and an unknown number of people trapped under the rubble.

The tragedy comes almost on the eve of its biggest annual festival, the Lunar New Year.

Most of the fatalities, eleven, including a girl of only ten days, were in the building Jinlong Weiguan Tainan, which have been rescued and 258 people, according to the National Emergency Service, but where several neighbors say are their relatives yet.

The most pessimistic local government data indicate that there could still be up to a hundred people trapped in the building of 17 floors, the most affected among the 14 collapsed or damaged by the earthquake of 6.4 degrees on the Richter scale.

Meanwhile, continue the work of the rescue teams, hampered by the lack of natural light after dark, the cold and the danger of explosions.

The picture in Tainan earthquake is devastating, with five completely collapsed buildings and many others damaged, and power outage in 168,000 households and 40,000 water during the day, while many families were preparing for Monday February 8 the new lunar year.

Many residents in central and southern Taiwan said the tremor reminded them of the earthquake of 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale that the 21 September, 1999 killed more than 2,400 people on the island.

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