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Badminton Players Flee As Sports Hall Roof Collapses

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Scary moment: Badminton players are running for their lives when the roof of a sports center collapses during an earthquake in Taiwan.

Dozens of people were playing on the fifth floor of a sports center near the capital Taipei shortly before 3:00 pm on Sunday when the powerful earthquake struck.

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Taiwan earthquake: badminton players flee as roof of sports center collapses

Footage shows the roof, which had only been repaired in the past few days, collapses, forcing players to run for their lives, leaving one man with minor injuries.

Sunday’s quake was the largest of a dozen on Taiwan’s southeast coast since a 6.4-magnitude quake hit the same area late Saturday.

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Most of the damage was north of the epicenter, which was in the city of Chishang at a relatively shallow depth of four miles.

In the neighboring city of Yuli, a cement factory worker was killed and a three-story building with a mini-market on the first floor and apartments above collapsed.

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The 70-year-old homeowner and his wife were quickly rescued, but it took longer for the 39-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter.

The photo shows the girl lying on a blanket as rescuers in orange scrubs and hard hats lower her down a metal ladder from under the rubble.

More than 7,000 households lost power in Yuli and water pipes were also damaged.

Shelves and musical instruments collapsed at Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church, leaving a long crack in the floor.

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Outside on the street, the sidewalk was broken into concrete slabs by the strong earthquake.

Police and firefighters also responded to a damaged bridge in a rural area of ​​the same city.

Taiwan, which lies in an area known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, is frequently hit by earthquakes.

More than 100 people were killed in an earthquake in southern Taiwan in 2016, while a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 2,000 people in 1999.

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