2000 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

David W. Smith

Taiwan News / Corbis Sygma for U.S. News & World Report

22 September, 1999

Rescue personnel working with equipment usually used for transporting building material, free an injured woman trapped for hours in the Tunghsing Building after an earthquake. The quake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck early on Tuesday September 21, while many people were still asleep. Over 2,000 people died, tens of thousands were left homeless, and thousands of buildings were toppled in what was the most powerful earthquake to hit the island in a century.

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David W. Smith

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