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February 9, 2018

Workers try to shore up tilted buildings after Taiwan quake

  • The shifting of the buildings was likely caused by soil liquefaction from the magnitude 6.4 quake.
    Associated Press

    HUALIEN, Taiwan — Workers placed steel beams to stabilize a dangerously tilted building while rescuers on the other side tried to pull survivors to safety Thursday, more than a day after an earthquake shook Taiwan's east coast, killing at least nine people.

    The Yunmen Tsuiti building was one of several damaged by late Tuesday's magnitude 6.4 quake. At least four midsized buildings in worst-hit Hualien county leaned at sharp angles, their lowest floors crushed into mangled heaps of concrete, glass, iron and other debris. Firefighters climbed ladders hoisted against windows to reach people inside apartments.

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