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Death Toll of Taiwan Quake Rises to 41
   2016-02-09 14:36:13    Xinhua      Web Editor: Chu Yiming

Rescuers move the debris of a car while searching for survivors at a collapsed building in Tainan City, southeast China's Taiwan, Feb. 8, 2016. Saturday's 6.7-magnitude earthquake, which struck just two days ahead of the traditional Chinese New Year near Tainan, has killed at least 40 people, all but two of them in the collapse of the 16-story residential complex. More than 100 people are believed to still be under the debris, stoking fears that the eventual toll could top 100 as the likelihood of survivors ticks away.[Photo: Xinhua]

The death toll of a 6.7-magnitude quake that hit south Taiwan early Saturday has risen to 41 and more than 100 people remain missing, rescuers said Tuesday.

According to the rescue center, 213 people have been pulled out from the debris of the Wei Guan residential complex that collapsed after the quake in Tainan city, of whom 38 died before reaching the hospital.

However, three signs of life were newly detected at the 16-story building, which are the focus of the rescue work now, said William Lai, mayor of Tainan at a press briefing.

Rescuers warned of diminishing chance of finding survivors as 72 hours have passed since the quake struck. They are considering using heavy machines to speed up the work.

The 6.7-magnitude quake hit Kaohsiung city at 3:57 a.m. Beijing Time on Saturday, just two days ahead of the traditional lunar New Year. Local monitoring authorities put the scale of the quake at 6.4.     

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