>Hualien: Taiwanese rescuers braved powerful aftershocks to search for survivors in a dangerously leaning apartment block that was partially toppled by a quake, locating two more bodies early on Thursday to bring the death toll to nine as dozens remain missing.
A 6.4-magnitude quake hit the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien late Tuesday, leaving a handful of buildings badly damaged " some of them leaning at terrifying angles " as well as roads torn up and hundreds sheltering in local schools and a stadium.
The major focus for emergency responders remained the Yun Tsui apartment block where the majority of the deaths occurred and dozens are still missing.
The lower floors of the 12-storey tower " which also housed a hotel " pancaked, leaving the structure leaning at a fifty-degree angle and sparking fears of an imminent collapse.
Despite those risks rescuers kept going into the building throughout last night morning in a desperate search for survivors.
Strong aftershocks coursed through the ground sending rescue teams running from the building, only for them to return a little while later and resume their grim task. One aftershock shortly before midnight measured 5.7-magnitude.
Chu Che-min, the Hualien fire department's rescue team leader at the scene, told AFP they located two more bodies overnight.
"We discovered the body of a Chinese woman at the hotel in Yun Tsui (building) earlier this morning and located another person who's a hotel staffer," he said. View More