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Rescuers race to find survivors in Taiwan quake; 117 trapped in rubble of apartment tower

Rescuers race to find survivors in Taiwan quake; 117 trapped in rubble of apartment tower

When Lee Nien-tzu arrived at the toppled apartment complex before dawn Saturday, she could have felt shock at the scale of the ruins, disorientation at having just experienced a major earthquake, or foreboding over the task that lay ahead of her.

Instead, she briefly reflected on the sadness of the situation, then scaled a wall, clambered up a heap of rubble and climbed into a gap in the building’s tangle of concrete, wires and reinforcement bars. Over the next 18 hours, Lee — a waitress at a hotel with only a cursory understanding of first aid — helped pull 10 to 15 people from the building, including three dead children.

“I had hope the whole...

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