Taiwan quake photos: Firefighters rescue people from buildings leaning at precarious angles


Fu also urged people from across society to donate money for relief efforts and also asked companies to dispatch heavy machines to Hualien to help the county continue with the rescue mission that has lasted more than 67 hours.

Rescuers are combing the rubble of collapsed buildings, in a search for about 67 people missing after a strong natural disaster killed at least seven near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien.

There are 92 St Lucians now living in Taiwan according to Taiwan's National Immigration Agency.

Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from Hualien, said firefighters believe some 50 people remain trapped in one of the buildings that "simply toppled over".

So far, no signs of life have been detected from the room.

The others missing in the hotel are five members of a family from China, including parents, grandparents and their 12-year-old son.

The daughter of victim Chiang Chen-chang, who was employed at the Beauty Stay Hotel, said she saw her father's name on the missing persons list during her shift working at the emergency operation centre.

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Other mainland authorities such as the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, Fujian Province, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region also said they would each donate 1 million yuan to Hualien. They added added that they are looking to revise its building act which they hoped would help limit damage in future occurrence.

"That fear is still there", she said.

"I had to keep composed so I could carry on my work".

Taiwan's location along one of the many seismic faults that encircles the Pacific Ocean means the country frequently experiences earthquakes.

The government said 16 foreigners sought medical treatment for minor injuries. Five people involved in the construction of the complex were found guilty of negligence and given prison sentences.

The island's worst tremor in recent decades was a 7.6-magnitude quake in September 1999 that killed around 2,400 people.

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