Taipei, TAIWAN | AFP | Sunday 2/14/2016 - 05:21 GMT
by Michelle YUN
As rescuers in Taiwan said they had retrieved all the missing from the ruins of a building felled by an earthquake, a tragic picture emerged of the cross-section of society killed in the disaster.
The quake took the lives of 114 in the Wei-kuan apartment complex in the southern city of Tainan, from a 10-day-old baby to a 75-year-old woman.
Taipei, Taiwan | AFP | Saturday 2/13/2016 - 09:37 GMT
Rescuers have found the bodies of more than 100 people killed after an apartment block in Taiwan collapsed during an earthquake one week ago, authorities said on Saturday.
All of the reported residents of the Wei-kuan complex in the southern city of Tainan have been accounted for, according to the local government, as the search for survivors nears an end.
The death toll now stand at 116, with 114 of the victims from Wei-kuan, according to Tainan government.
In response to the M6.4 earthquake in Southern Taiwan on Saturday, February 6, 2016 (local time), EERI’s Learning From Earthquakes (LFE) program has launched a virtual clearinghouse site for the event, with preliminary reports, field photos, and a variety of other resources: http://www.eqclearinghouse.org/2016-02-taiwan/
New Taipei City, Taiwan | AFP | Friday 2/12/2016 - 04:37 GMT | 413 words
Almost a million dollars in assets belonging to the developer and three associates of a building in Taiwan felled by an earthquake will be seized, a court ruled Friday, with more than 90 residents confirmed dead in the disaster.
Rescuers are still digging through the rubble of the toppled Wei-kuan apartment complex in the southern city of Tainan which collapsed during Saturday's quake -- 30 residents remain missing and the death toll has climbed to 94.
Five days after the 2/6 Tainan earthquake disaster, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi volunteers continue to provide hot meals and material and emotional care for survivors and family members at four relief service stations, hospitals and funeral homes around the city.
With around 1000 volunteer shifts per day, volunteers have cared for 388 affected families as well as 179 patients and family members at the hospitals from Feb 6 to 10. A total of 5977 volunteer shifts included 61 medical professionals.
TAIPEI, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the earthquake that struck southern Taiwan on Saturday had climbed to 83 as of 8:25 a.m. on Friday.
The collapse of the Wei Guan building, the most seriously damaged, accounted for 81 of the deaths, according to an official update on the casualties.
The quake, which the China Earthquake Administration said had a magnitude of 6.7, hit Kaohsiung city at 3:57 a.m. Beijing Time on Saturday, just two days ahead of the Lunar New Year. Local monitoring authorities put the scale of the quake at 6.4.
The February 5, 2016 M 6.4 earthquake east of Tainan in southern Taiwan occurred as the result of oblique thrust faulting at shallow-mid crustal depths (~ 20 km). Focal mechanisms indicate rupture occurred on a fault oriented either northwest-southeast, and dipping shallowly to the northeast, or on a north-south striking structure dipping steeply to the west. Taiwan lies in a region of complex tectonics, at the boundary between the Philippine Sea and Eurasia plates.
Rescue workers race against time as rescue operations at a felled apartment complex in Tainan have already passed the 72-hour “golden window.” The complex collapsed during the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck south Taiwan on 6 February. The Taiwan Red Cross has dispatched five rescue teams for the past five days to assist in search and rescue operations within the rubble.
Earthquake monitoring in Tainan City, Taiwan, including location of the collapsed Weiguan Jinlong building
Tainan, Taiwan | AFP | Wednesday 2/10/2016 - 04:24 GMT
Taiwan prosecutors were Wednesday questioning the developer of an apartment complex that collapsed during an earthquake as prosecutors detailed flaws in construction of the building where nearly 100 people remain trapped.
Prosecutors in the southern city of Tainan have launched an investigation into Saturday's disaster after photos showed cans and foam had been used to fill parts of the complex's concrete framework.
Source: Xinhua | 2016-02-09 09:50:16 | Editor: huaxia
BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of a 6.7-magnitude quake that hit south Taiwan early Saturday has risen to 40 and 107 people remain missing, rescuers said Tuesday.
According to the rescue center, 213 people have been pulled out from the debris of the Wei Guan residential complex that collapsed after the quake in Tainan city, of whom 38 died before reaching the hospital.
At least 40 people were killed in the magnitude-6.4 earthquake that rocked southern Taiwan on 2/6. At this time, over 100 people are still missing, and almost 500 injured.
In Tainan, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation mobilized within minutes after the earthquake happened. For the past 80 hours, Tzu Chi volunteers have tirelessly provided humanitarian aid for the survivors and accompanied the rescuers.
Presently, Tzu Chi’s relief aid has included:
Tainan, Taiwan | AFP | Tuesday 2/9/2016 - 05:41 GMT | 671 words
by Amber WANG
Rescuers deployed heavy machinery Tuesday in a renewed effort to locate more than 100 people trapped in the rubble of a Taiwan apartment complex felled by an earthquake as the 72-hour "golden window" for finding survivors passed.
More than 210 have been pulled from the 16-storey Wei-kuan building -- the only high-rise in the southern city of Tainan to crumble completely when the 6.4 magnitude quake struck before dawn Saturday, killing more than 40 people.
• On 5 February at 19.57 UTC an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 M at a depth of 23 km hit southern Taiwan. The epicenter was located in Kaohsiung county, close to Pingtung county, approx. 28 km north-east of Pingtung and 48 km south-east of Tainan.
• Search and rescue operations are still ongoing. Most affected has been the city of Tainan (population approx. 2 million).
Following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that affected the city of Tainan near Kaohsiung city, Taiwan, the Taiwan Red Cross Organization (TRCO) has mounted an emergency response in support of ongoing efforts of the authorities. The shallow quake – with a depth of 10 kilometres – struck at 03:57h local time (UTC +8) on Saturday, 6 February 2016, when most residents were still sleeping. The quake caused considerable damage to buildings, including multi-storey residential apartments.
On February 6 (in the early hours of the same day, local time) an earthquake occurred in Southern Taiwan, toppling nine buildings in Tainan City, resulting in a large number of deaths and injuries to date. From the perspective of providing assistance to the many people in Taiwan facing difficult circumstances, Japan has decided to provide assistance amounting to USD 1 million to The Red Cross Society of Taiwan and other organizations to enable swift disaster relief, recovery, reconstruction, and other efforts.
Tainan, Taiwan | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 13:04 GMT
by Amber WANG
A girl aged eight and three others were rescued Monday from the rubble of a Taiwan apartment tower complex, more than two days after it was felled by an earthquake, but over 100 others remain trapped in the ruins.
Questions about the disaster intensified after images from the site showed metal cans and foam had been used to fill parts of the complex's concrete framework.
THE Salvation Army is supporting people affected by the 6.4 magnitude earthquake which struck the island of Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday 6 February 2016. The quake, which had its epicentre close to the southern city of Tainan, has caused several buildings to collapse and interrupted power and water supplies. Many Taiwanese people had travelled to the city this weekend ahead of Monday’s Chinese New Year celebrations, swelling the numbers involved. Media reports suggest that 26 people died and 500 were hurt, although the number of deaths is expected to rise.
By Hler Gudjonsson, IFRC
The death toll continues to rise in Tainan City after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Kaohsiung province in the South of Taiwan on Saturday morning.
As extensive rescue operations continued late Sunday, 26 deaths have been confirmed, and around 520 people are known to have been injured. 121 people are believed to be still trapped in a number of collapsed buildings and rescue teams are working around the clock to find survivors.