Taiwan Quake Kills At Least 7, Suspends Railway Traffic in China

© REUTERS / Patrick LinRescue personnel work at the site where a 17-storey apartment building collapsed, after an earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, February 6, 2016
Rescue personnel work at the site where a 17-storey apartment building collapsed, after an earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, February 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
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At least eight people died and a number of residential buildings collapsed when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit southern Taiwan early Saturday morning. The quake was originally reported as a magnitude 6.7.

Rescue efforts underway after 6.4 magnitude quake hits Taiwan - Sputnik International
'Enormous' 6.4 Quake Shakes Taiwan
According to local television reports, multiple buildings have partially collapsed in Tainan, a city of two million people, and local authorities fear that as many as 250 people could remain trapped inside a collapsed 17-story building.

Power outages in many areas have been reported.

​Tremors were felt also in mainland China threatening to delay rail traffic in the southwest as workers checked for damage to a local railway, Xinhua news agency reported.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered 27 miles southeast of Tainan and occurred at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles, which likely amplified its effects.

​Located along the Pacific Rim, Taiwan frequently experiences mild to strong earthquakes.

A 7.6 magnitude quake struck the island in 1999, killing nearly 3,000 people and injuring roughly 9,000.

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