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2 Canadian citizens reportedly among the dead in Taiwan earthquake

2 Canadian citizens reportedly among the dead in Taiwan earthquake
From CBC - February 9, 2018

Hopes of finding additional survivors from this week's earthquake in Taiwan were fading Friday after two more bodies were found in a partially collapsed hotel and no signs detected of a missing family of five.

Rescuers broke through to a room in the Beauty Inn where the coupleCanadian citizens originally from Hong Kongwere found, Taiwanese broadcasters reported. No signs of life were found, they said.

CBC News has reached out to Global Affairs Canada for more information on the Canadian citizens. According to local reports they were each 49 years old.

The hotel, located on the lower floors of the 12-storey Yunmen Tsuiti building, had almost entirely collapsed. The building itself was leaning at a 45-degree angle, forcing crews to stabilize it with steel beams.

The others missing in the hotel are five members of a family from China, including parents, grandparents and their 12-year-old son.

The Yunmen Tsuiti building was one of several damaged by the magnitude 6.4 temblor that struck Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hualien county, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism.

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