Natural disaster hits Taiwan, killing eight people and injuring hundreds

Rescuers on Wednesday search a building that tilted after an earthquake in Hualien Taiwan. Tyrone Siu Reuters

"They're also checking the hospital right now if there are any Filipinos injured but so far wala namang namatay (no one died)", Banayo said.

"There was no problem with the materials used in the construction of the building as the structure from the fourth floor up was still intact despite the collapse", said Liu Yen-hu, president of the Hualien County Architecture Association.

A magnitude-6.4 quake hit eastern Taiwan's port city of Hualien just before midnight local time on Tuesday, causing some buildings to tilt severely and crumble.

Pratiam's anklebone was ruptured.

The officials put death toll at eight and more than 200 people were injured in the natural disaster. Four buildings collapsed, officials said, and those confirmed to have been killed included five locals, four mainland Chinese, and a Filipina. Taiwan's natural disaster experts said more quakes might happen in the coming weeks.

Residents of Hualien have been told to stay away from their damaged homes, and hundreds have taken shelter in community buildings because of the aftershocks.

At the Yunmen Tsuiti building, clothes and other personal items were visible on the balconies as the rescue work continued.

The army has been called in to help with emergency rescues.

As of 2.30pm today, BBC reported that over 140 people are presently unaccounted for in one damaged building.

"They were travelling on their own as I was busy and couldn't accompany them", the man, who had rushed from the Chinese city of Xiamen, said. Rescuers said it is hard for them to enter the building.

During an on-site inspection on Wednesday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen asked rescue workers not to give up any opportunity to save victims and promised to do her utmost to bring the situation in the city back to normal as soon as possible.

The Manila Economic Cultural Office (MECO) in Taiwan has identified the overseas Filipino worker who went missing in Taiwan after the island nation was struck by a 6.4-magnitude quake Tuesday night.

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has expressed sadness over the natural disaster in Taiwan and wrote to its President Tsai Ing-wen, expressing grief over the loss of life.

At the city's Marshal Hotel, rescuers trying to free two trapped Taiwanese pulled out one alive, but the other was declared dead.