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Death Toll Rises to 4 in Taiwan Earthquake

June 3, 2013

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's National Fire Agency on Monday raised the death toll in Taiwan's 6.3 magnitude earthquake from two to four.

The quake struck Sunday afternoon in the central Taiwanese county of Nantou, which is mountainous and sparsely populated. The tremor was felt all over the island, but most severely in the central and southern regions.

The NFA said the third victim died after he was hit by a falling rock in Nantou, and the fourth was buried under a landslide in the same location.

The NFA said 19 people sustained serious injuries in the quake.

Previously acknowledged fatalities were registered in Alishan, in southern Taiwan, where a man was killed by a rockslide while driving a car on a mountain road, and in Chushan, near the quake's epicenter, where a man working at a farm was killed by a falling rock.

MORE: Deadliest Earthquakes of the Last 25 Years

India: Sept. 29, 1993

India: Sept. 29, 1993

The first of two of the top-10 deadliest earthquakes of the last 25 years that occurred in India was a 6.2 temblor that killed 9,748, according to the USGS. (DOUGLAS E. CURRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • India: Sept. 29, 1993
  • Turkey: Aug. 17, 1999
  • India: Jan. 26, 2001
  • Japan: March 11, 2011
  • Southeastern Iran: Dec. 26, 2003
  • Iran: June 20, 1990
  • Pakistan: Oct. 8, 2005
  • Eastern Sichuan, China: May 12, 2008
  • Northern Sumatra: Dec. 26, 2004
  • Haiti Earthquake: Jan. 12, 2010

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