In brief: At least 2 dead in Taiwan earth quake

  • 06/02/2016
A damaged building in Tainan (Reuters)
A damaged building in Tainan (Reuters)

An earthquake near the Taiwanese city of Tainan has knocked down buildings and killed at least two people, according to authorities there.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the quake's magnitude at 6.4 on the Richter scale. It struck less than 50km from Tainan, which is in the south-east of Taiwan.

The two people who died were a 10-day-old girl and a 40-year-old man, Taiwan's official news agency reported. Rescue workers pulled more than 200 people from damaged buildings and 115 people were taken to hospital.

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou is reportedly headed to Tainan, which has a population of around 1.88 million people.

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