A strong quake hit Taiwan killing four and forcing rescuers to comb through the rubble of collapsed buildings on some using their hands as they searched for about 85 people missing.
Taiwan's National Fire Agency said Thursday that 10 people were killed, 272 injured and seven remained unaccounted for.
The 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.
Scores of emergency responders combed the rubble of the lower floors of the 12-storey Yun Tsui apartment block, which housed the Beauty Stay Hotel and had pancaked during the quake, leaving the building leaning at a 50-degree angle which complicated the rescue effort due to fears of an imminent collapse. Firefighters climbed ladders hoisted against windows to reach people inside apartments.
The five Chinese tourists were staying at the Beauty Inn in a room located on the second floor of the Yun Men Tsui Ti building, which collapsed downwards and tilted over during the natural disaster.
"I had to keep composed so I could carry on my work".
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The government said 16 foreigners sought medical treatment for minor injuries.
According to reports, death toll from four yesterday already rose to 10 as rescuers rake through the collapsed establishments to search for more than a dozen people still missing.
"Right now it is only confirmed earlier", she said in a telephone interview.
Another magnitude 5.7-quake took place near Hualien on Wednesday, the Government said, the same area as the day before and where recovery efforts were ongoing. Tsai said she "ordered search and rescue workers not to give up on any opportunity to save people, while keeping their own safety in mind".
Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers part of its territory, lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes.
Five people were later found guilty over the disaster, including the developer and two architects, for building an inadequate structure.