Taiwan earthquake rescue operation ends, death toll at 17

In Taiwan, rescue operations searching for survivors from Tuesday's deadly earthquake in Hualien county have officially ended. The death toll has climbed to 17, as two more victims from the Chinese mainland were confirmed dead on Sunday. At least 285 people were injured in the natural disaster. Rescuers have been working for more than 100 hours, since the magnitude-6.5 quake jolted Hualien late Tuesday night. Authorities say heavy machinery will be used to dismantle the 12-story Yun Men Tusi Ti building from the top, to clear the ruins, and retrieve the bodies of the last two victims. An investigation into the tilt of the building is also underway. Of the 17 fatalities, nine were from the Chinese mainland, five were from the island, two were Canadian, and one was from the Philippines.

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