Two more bodies were found in the ruins of a building in Taiwan’s Hualien County, taking the death toll of the powerful Earthquake to 12.
The bodies were identified as a Canadian couple, according to Taiwan’s emergency operation center.
A family of five from Chinese mainland were still trapped in the rubble as of 4 p.m. Friday, after the earthquake late Tuesday night.
Large machines clear the site of the collapsed Marshal Hotel in Hualien County, southeast China’s Taiwan. Large machinery started to clear the site of the collapsed Marshal Hotel and two tilted buildings. Rescuers Friday were continuing their search for seven people trapped in a collapsed building about 60 hours after a powerful earthquake struck Hualien.
Rescuers are continuing their search, but facing great difficulties with very limited space to enter the site, according to Fu Kun-Chi, head of Hualien County.
“We will do our best to find the missing people within the 72-hour golden rescue period,” said Fu.
The 12 victims of the earthquake include four from Chinese mainland, five from Taiwan, one from the Philippines and two from Canada. A total of 278 people were injured.
According to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), the magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted waters near Hualien at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday.
It was the most severe earthquake to hit Hualien in five decades, according to Fu.
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