February 19, the Taiwan authorities announced that the number of victims of the earthquake that occurred on February 5-6, increased to 117. On the ruins of the building «Waiguan» Tynan found the body of a woman named Lin Hangfei.
Recall that search-and-rescue operation was completed on 14 February. However, the relatives of Lin Hangfei has made the resumption of the search, saying that the woman who lived «Waiguan», but loved to sit on the bench next to this house, went missing after the earthquake. The surveillance footage confirmed the words of the relatives of this woman. And during surgery her body was discovered.
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Most people died in the collapse of a 17-storey building «Waiguan» in Tainan. The contractors who built this house, was arrested. An investigation is underway.
According to local authorities, at the start of the earthquake in the building of the «Waiguan» there were 270 people, 95 of them managed to flee the house before the collapse, 175 were under the ruins. 61 of them were rescued during search works, 114 were killed. Besides these, two more people became victims of earthquake in the collapse of other buildings.
Approximately 500 citizens in the earthquake were injured and injury, almost all the victims were discharged from hospitals.
The earthquake of a magnitude of 6.4 occurred in the southern part of the island of Taiwan on the night of Saturday 6 February. The earthquake destroyed several houses. 400 thousand people were left without water, 121 thousand housing units were without electricity.
The epicenter was 48 km South-East from the major city of Tainan, in the southern part of the island, the center lies at a depth of 23 km.
Taiwan is in a seismically active zone of the Pacific ocean. Every year in this region occur on average three earthquakes with magnitude more than 6. In September 1999 an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 resulted in the deaths of 2.4 thousand people.