Taiwan quake death toll at 116, search ends

(VOVworld) - The death toll from an earthquake that struck southern Taiwan a week ago stood at 116 by Saturday, and the searching has come to an end as the missing were all accounted for. 

Taiwan quake death toll at 116, search ends - ảnh 1
Hundreds of people were inside the Weiguan Jinlong building when it collapsed (Photo: EPA)

The U-shaped Weiguan Jinlong building fell down toward a road on its east seconds after the quake, accounting for 114 deaths, among 289 taken out of the building by rescuers, according to an official update on the casualties. Earthquakes frequently hit Taiwan. Most of them are minor, but a 7.3-magnitude quake, the strongest to hit Taiwan in about 100 years, shook the island on September 21, 1999, leaving more than 2,000 people dead.