Death Toll From Taiwan Earthquake Could Pass 100

A rescue worker looks for survivors as he walks on the rubble of a building which collapsed in the 6.4 magnitude earthquake, in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, Feb. 8, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anthony Wallace, AFP/Getty Images)
A rescue worker looks for survivors as he walks on the rubble of a building which collapsed in the 6.4 magnitude earthquake, in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, Feb. 8, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anthony Wallace, AFP/Getty Images)

The death toll in Taiwan’s earthquake could reach more than 100, a mayor warned, as rescuers said an 8-year-old girl was among four survivors pulled alive Monday from the ruble of an apartment building.

At least 38 people were killed in the southern coastal city of Tainan when the magnitude-6.4 quake struck on Saturday. It happened just before the Lunar New Year, one of China’s most important holidays. At least 170 people have been rescued.

The focus of the accident is a collapsed 17-story apartment building called Wei-guan Golden Dragon. Taiwan’s interior minister said an investigation would examine whether the developer had cut corners in constructing the building.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jane Onyanga-Omara