Taiwan quake death toll rises to 9, including a female tourist from Xiamen

Updated: 08 Feb 2018
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Nine people were killed, 265 injured and 62 still missing as of 7:00 a.m. Thursday after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Taiwan's Hualien County.

The victims include three tourists from the mainland. Two of them were found in the damaged Yun Men Tusi Ti building in the early hours of Thursday morning.

A female tourist from Xiamen, Fujian Province was rescued from the same building Wednesday, but was declared dead at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday after treatment failed.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the earthquake jolted waters near Hualien County at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday.

It was the most severe earthquake to hit Hualien in five decades, according to Fu Kun-Chi, the head of Hualien County.
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