Via The China Post: Tremor rattles southern Taiwan, at least 3 dead, dozens injured. Excerpt:
Most of Taiwan was rudely awaken this morning at 3:57 by a Central Weather Bureau (CWB) reported 6.4 magnitude earthquake centered in the island's southern region, collapsing buildings, killing at least one while injuring dozens more.
The epicenter of the quake was located in Meinong District of Kaohsiung City (with a depth of 16.7km) giving off energy equivalent to two atom bombs. It was the strongest earthquake jolting the island since March 2010.
In Tainan City, extensive damage including at least eight toppled high-rise apartments had rescue crews scrambling to free residents trapped within; two including a ten-day-old infant showed no life signs after being freed from the rubble. In the city's Yongkang District, a 17-story apartment complex lay horizontally on Yongda Road, section two. According to the local Apple Daily, rescuers had safely evacuated 220, sending 29 to hospital for treatment. More than 250 people are registered residents in the building.
In Guiren District's Daren Street and Xinyi North Road intersection, a seven story crumbled into a 4 level building. Ground crews safely rescued all 34 person trapped on apartments located in the third floor. Fallen buildings were also reported Zhongxi, Shanshang and Rende Districts.
Mayor William Lai (賴清德) has set up the city's emergency response minutes following the quake, with rescue teams from other cities and counties including New Taipei City, Chiayi County converging toward southern Tainan. The Ministry of National Defense also confirmed that army units were being dispatched to help with rescue efforts.
President Ma Ying-jeou has entered the Central Emergency Operation Center (中央災害應變中心) in Taipei and is expected to head to Tainan at 8AM aboard Air Force One to inspect damage. Premier Sean Chang has canceled previously scheduled itineraries and will also head to the rattled city.