Taiwan quake: Collection of highly effective aftershocks hit Hualien

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Taiwan's central government on Thursday declined disaster relief aid from China and other countries, with the exception of Japan, in the wake of a magnitude 6.0 quake which struck Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday, causing loss of life and serious property damage.

Earlier on Tuesday, a magnitude 4.7 natural disaster hit Hualien County.

The Central Disaster Response Center this evening, February 8, said that the current death toll from the Hualien quake now stands at 10, with 272 injured, and seven missing.

The lower floors of the 12-storey tower - which also housed a hotel - pancaked, leaving the structure leaning at a fifty-degree angle and sparking fears of an imminent collapse.

Council officials said the foundation had passed on the information about the people killed to its mainland counterpart, the Association of Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (Arats).

More than 220 aftershocks followed the main quake, including a 5.7 quake late on Wednesday. They sent the rescue teams scurrying from the building, only for them to return a little later and resume their grim task.

According to the rescue authorities, 265 people are injured and 62 remain missing so far, reported Xinhua.

"I grabbed my wife and children and we ran out and tried to rescue people", he said.

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Hualien is one of Taiwan's most popular tourist destinations as it lies on the picturesque east coast rail line and near the popular Taroko Gorge.

"It tilted mostly because it was built on top of the fault, and because there were balconies on just one side of the building", he said.

Hundreds of Hualien residents whose homes were destroyed took shelter at a local stadium, with relief organizations providing emergency supplies.

Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, Wednesday expressed deep sympathy to all the victims and honest regards to Taiwan compatriots who suffered, saying that people from the mainland were deeply concerned about the quake and sympathized with their Taiwan compatriots. The victims were a 66-year-old male and a 60-year-old female.

On Wednesday, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said the island had enough manpower and resources for the rescue efforts and it did not need outside help.

The government said 17 foreigners sought medical treatment for minor injuries. In fact, hit roughly the same region just northeast of the island on Sunday, and magnitude 4.5 or higher have shaken the city since Tuesday's natural disaster. Its streets were buckled by the quake, with around 40000 homes left without water and around 1900 without power.

A magnitude 7.6 quake in central Taiwan killed more than 2,300 people in 1999.

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