At least 14 dead, more than 400 injured in Taiwan earthquake

Published: Feb. 6, 2016 at 9:54 AM EST
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Taiwan (NBC News) -- A powerful earthquake struck southern Taiwan Saturday, killing at least 14 people and leaving more than 150 people missing in one building alone, officials said.

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook about 30 miles east of Tainan, a city of around 2 million, just before 4 a.m. local time (3 p.m. Friday ET), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

At least 484 people were hurt, Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center said.

Nine buildings collapsed in the temblor, which also caused at least five to tilt at alarming angles.

The focus of a massive rescue effort was the 16-story Weiguan Jinlong residential building in Tainan, which buckled.

Some 200 were pulled from the building that had been home to about 80 families, but as of 9 p.m. local time Saturday, there were still 156 missing from the building, according to the government's forward command post in Tainan that deals with rescue work.

At least 12 people died in that building, the Tainan City Fire Bureau said. Among the victims was a 10-day-old baby, Reuters reported.