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Posted on 02/07/2018 6:09:03 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Taiwan earthquake: Slanted residential complex tilting further into ground
HUALIEN (AFP) - Four mobile cranes were used to prop up a residential and commerical complex which was left tilting perilously after the magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Taiwan's coastal city of Hualien.
Rescue efforts were suspended on Wednesday afternoon after incessant rainfall caused the building to tilt at an alarming rate of five cm per hour, reported TVBS News.
The Yun Men Tsui Ti complex houses an apartment block, a restaurant, shops and a hostel.
The quake left the 12-storey building leaning to one side, its lower floors crushed like pancakes.
The Hualien local fire service said 147 of the 213 residents from the building remained unaccounted for. Four bodies were recovered throughout the day.
One local who lives nearby told AFP how he watched the tower block partially collapse.
"I saw the first floor sink into the ground. Then it sunk and tilted further and the fourth floor became the first floor," said Lu Chih-son, 35, who saw 20 people rescued from the building.
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Are they stupid...a controlled explosion would solve the problem.
What the heck do you do with THAT?
Yes, and that would solve the pesky problem of survivors.
That could ruin anyone’s day....
“Slanted”? That’s wacist!
...local fire service said 147 of the 213 residents from the building remained unaccounted for...
has something to do with it.
“You signed lease. Too bad.”
Holy cannoli !!!
You'd have to go inside with a crew to set all the strategic explosives and that takes a lot of time. Don't think I'd want that job.........
FWIW, when they took down the Hudson building in Detroit, it took a 12 man crew 24 days to set all the explosives.......
I think at this point, the safest course of action would be to clear the area around it and let it fall.........
They need more boards.
I spent a hunk of time in Hualien when I was part in a cross-cultural nursing group and staying at nearby Tsu Chi University. Toroko Gorge is not far from there. I fell in love with the place, the aboriginal music, and the people there.
I am lifting up my prayers for the people in Hualien and Taiwan.
After several big earthquakes, the mainland cracked down on building codes. China may now be safer than Taiwan in an earthquake.
In Taiwan, they often use plastic bottles and filler in the concrete which leaves air pockets in the walls and weakens them.
One female resident watching rescue operations, who declined to give her name, wondered out loud whether recent construction work might have weakened the building.
Some residents, she said, had bought neighbouring flats inside the building and knocked down walls to create bigger dwellings. A restaurant on the first floor had recently been turned into an open plan eatery, she added.
You are wicked nasty!
I hate to tell you this gentleman, but Gravity always wins.
And a hi-lift farm jack. Solved.
I dont think she is gonna right herself.
Gravity is expected to be at or very near 100% all day today.
I live outside of Taipei and my apartment rumbled a bit and moved side to side. The day before this one, there was a 6.1. Since this one there have been about 40 aftershocks ranging from 3 to 4. Just had one a few minutes ago.
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