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  • Working against the clock to search for survivors.

  • Rescuers are using cranes to get to those trapped in what's left of Hwalien's Marshal Hotel.

  • When the earthquake struck just before midnight local time, the ground floor caved in, leaving the entire building slanting on its side.

  • There are two people left inside.

  • One is my older brother and another is his colleague.

  • The rescuers are trying to dig further down to look for my brother.

  • That's the situation for now.

  • Taiwan's president Tsai Ying Wen arrived in Hwalien on Wednesday morning.

  • Earlier on social media she said teams from around the island will be helping with the search for survivors.

  • Taiwan's fire agency reports that five more buildings including a hospital were also damaged as were several roads leading to the city.

  • This earthquake followed another one over the weekend off the coast of Hwalien.

  • This earthquake today in the sequence for last few days has been right in one of the hot spots on the northeast coast of Taiwan.

  • So it's not a surprise.

  • Uh it's in an area where aftershocks are inevitable you know.

  • The question is how many big aftershocks will there be.

  • and our usual odds are one in ten or one in twenty chance of a bigger earthquake.

  • so they need to be prepared and at least for a few days for more action.

  • A city lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire, known for regular seismic activity from Alaska to Southeast Asia.

  • Joao da Silva. Al Jazeera.

Working against the clock to search for survivors.

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Taiwan earthquake: Race to save survivors under collapsed hotel

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