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Taiwan earthquake topples buildings, leaving at least 14 dead and hundreds injured

Taiwan earthquake topples buildings, leaving at least 14 dead and hundreds injured

Hundreds of Taiwanese firefighters and military personnel raced Saturday to rescue dozens of people trapped in collapsed buildings after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn.

At least 14 people, including a 10-day-old girl, were reported killed in the temblor, which struck hardest in the city of Tainan, authorities said.

The powerful quake ripped a 10-foot chasm in a golf course, cut off water supplies to 400,000 people and halted high-speed rail service to the southern half of the island just ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.

As of 7 p.m., Tainan authorities said at least 14 people had been killed in the...

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