Dry weather to aid recovery efforts as Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 16

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
February 11, 2018, 11:11:34 AM EST

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A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck 21 km (13 miles) north-northeast of Hualien, Taiwan, Tuesday night, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Damage was reported to buildings and roads in Hualien, according to local media outlets. Images showed the city's Marshal Hotel toppled over. People were reportedly trapped inside, the Associated Press reported.

Focus Taiwan has reported that the military is conducting search and rescue missions. Another person was confirmed dead on Sunday, increasing the death toll to 16. More than 270 people have been injured.

One additional person is still unaccounted for.

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A residential building leans on a collapsed first floor following an earthquake, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Hualien, southern Taiwan. (Central News Agency via AP)

The force of the tremor buckled roads, cut electricity and disrupted water supplies to thousands of households, the fire agency said.

Bridges and some roadways remain closed until inspections prove they are safe for travel.

Local airports and rail services were fully operational on Wednesday.

While a few showers will last into Monday, several dry days will aid in clean up efforts through the middle of the week. Rain may return late in the week.

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In this photo released by Hualien County Fire Bureau, rescuers are seen entering an building that collapsed onto its side from an early morning earthquake in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 7 2018. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Hualien County Fire Bureau via AP)

Over 100 aftershocks have been reported in the wake of the quake, including a magnitude 5.7 earthquake that occurred around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday about 19 km (11 miles) northeast of Hualian.

The quake occurred around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday local time (10:50 a.m. EST).

Some light shaking was reported as far as Tainan, located on Taiwan's southwestern coast.

The U.S. State Department urged citizens to monitor local media for updates on the developing situation.

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