Taiwan: Rescuers search for 690 people still trapped or out of contact after earthquake

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About 690 people were either still trapped or out of contact on Thursday, the National Fire Agency said.

In the eastern coastal city of Hualien near the epicenter, workers used an excavator to stabilise the base of the damaged Uranus Building, tilted on its side, with construction materials.

Authorities said the employees and guests at the hotel were safe and work to repair the roads to the facility was close to completion. Initially described as "the 50 missing on minibuses", 42 hotel workers are still trapped in a tunnel. Hendri Sutrisno, a 30-year-old professor at Hualien Dong Hwa University, spent Wednesday night in a tent with his wife and baby, fearing aftershocks.“We ran out of the apartment and waited for four to five hours before we went up again to grab some important stuff such as our wallet," he said.Others also said they didn't dare to go home because the walls of their apartments were cracked and they lived on higher floors.

People evacuated from their homes sit outside the shelter after the main earthquake in Hualien City, eastern Taiwan.The quake and its aftershocks caused landslides and damaged roads, bridges and tunnels. The national legislature and sections of Taipei's main airport suffered minor damage.Local authorities measured the initial quake's strength as 7.2 magnitude, while the US Geological Survey put it at 7.4.

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