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'I was there when it happened', Taiwanese resident gives an account of the quake

Taiwanese resident Lisa Huang once lived in South Africa for five years and now finds herself in the thick of the aftermath of an earthquake which has killed at least 35 people.

More than 100 people are still listed as missing under a 17-storey building that collapsed in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan.

The magnitude 6.4 quake struck just before 04:00 (20:00 GMT on Friday) when most people were at home asleep.

Huang said that although Taiwan is prone to earthquakes, this was one of the largest quakes in the last 40 years.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

I was actually in Tainan when it happened, I was heading home for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Lisa Huang, Taiwanese resident

It was quite scary to wake up to the quake, it lasted about eight to 10 seconds at home and felt like the entire building was swinging from left to right.

Lisa Huang, Taiwanese resident

Everyone came together really quickly and they managed to rescue over 100 people within the first 12 to 16 hours.

Lisa Huang, Taiwanese resident

Even my grandparents were quite scared and shaken because they hadn't experienced one in a very long time.

Lisa Huang, Taiwanese resident

While it's very sad news, it's helped to unite families and served as a wake up call.

Lisa Huang, Taiwanese resident

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