Wednesday, February 10, 2016

13 Pinoys hurt in Taiwan quake –DFA

Thirteen Filipinos were hurt in the earthquake that rocked Taiwan on Saturday morning, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.
At a press briefing, DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the 13 Filipinos only sustained minor injuries and have already been discharged from the hospital.
More than 210 have been pulled from the 16-storey Wei-kuan building -- the only high-rise in the southern city of Tainan to crumble completely when the 6.4 magnitude quake struck before dawn Saturday, killing more than 40 people.
The 6.4-magnitude quake struck in the middle of the night. The city of Tainan bore the brunt of the damage.
The quake struck the weekend before Chinese New Year, when many relatives would have joined families to enjoy the holiday.
Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes.
The island's worst tremor in recent decades was a 7.6 magnitude quake in September 1999 that killed around 2,400 people. —with Agence France-Presse/KBK, GMA News

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