Deadly earthquake strikes Taiwan, collapses buildings

Published: Friday, February 05, 2016 @ 8:50 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 06, 2016 @ 10:16 AM

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit southern Taiwan early Saturday morning. Residential buildings in Tainan sustained significant damage, and rescue efforts continue. The Associated Press reports that at least 14 people have been killed and over 400 have been injured. Over 100 people are reported missing.

The USGS says the earthquake originated from a pretty shallow spot –– just 6 miles underground — making the damage a bit worse than normal for an earthquake this size. (Video via CNN / EBC) 

An American teacher living in the country told the Los Angeles Times, "It was not a rolling, gentle earthquake, but a violent jerking motion. The walls were shaking and you could hear the building and windows moving. It lasted at least a minute, with swaying afterwards."

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It's been reported that at least one building has fallen in the city of Tainan, and according to CNN, 221 people had to be rescued from damaged buildings. (Video via CNN / EBC) 

Taiwan is no stranger to earthquakes — it's located between two tectonic plates. In 1999, a magnitude-7.6 quake killed more than 2,300 people in the country. (Video via CNN