Search for Survivors Ends as Death Toll from Taiwan Earthquake Reaches 116

Rescue workers and excavation vehicles carry out their rescue and search operation on what was the top of the Weiguan apartment highrise which collapsed in the 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan on Friday, February 10, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anthony Wallace / AFP)
Rescue workers and excavation vehicles carry out their rescue and search operation on what was the top of the Weiguan apartment highrise which collapsed in the 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan on Friday, February 10, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anthony Wallace / AFP)

Search and rescue operations after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck southern Taiwan ended Saturday as the death toll rose to 116, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

The last trapped person was rescued alive on Saturday afternoon, the city’s disaster response office said.

A total of 289 people were rescued, 96 people remain in hospital.

Most of the fatalities and injuries came from the collapse of the Weiguan Golden Dragon high-rise tower in Tainan, the response center said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Tiffany Ap