The eastern coastal city of Hualien was hit on Tuesday by a shallow magnitude 6.4 quake just before midnight that also injured 270 people. Rescuers said five other mainland tourists are still trapped in the damaged Yun Men Tusi Ti building, including four adults and one child. It is is a terrifying sight.
An emergency responder surnamed Lin said it took 14 hours to free the body of the hotel worker, who was partially trapped between the hotel's ceiling and floor.
The death toll from the magnitude 6.0 quake has risen to ten as of Thursday evening, while 272 have sustained injuries and 7 remained unaccounted for, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.
Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, Wednesday expressed deep sympathy to all the victims and honest regards to Taiwan compatriots who suffered, saying that people from the mainland were deeply concerned about the natural disaster and sympathized with their Taiwan compatriots.
Strong aftershocks continued to strike, sending the teams scurrying from the building, only for them to return a little later and resume their grim task. Taiwan's National Fire Agency said four people were killed and 243 injured, while 85 were unaccounted for. Many buildings were destroyed in the affected city.
On Thursday night in Hualien, more than 800 people were in 2 evacuation shelters while the water supply to about 8,500 households remained severed.
The agency says 219 people were injured, two dozen of them critically, in Hualien county.
The Red Cross Society of China has chose to provide 1 million yuan (158,270 US dollars) for rescue operations, saying that it is ready to send rescue teams to Taiwan.
Tsai said she "ordered search and rescue workers not to give up on any opportunity to save people, while keeping their own safety in mind".
Speaking from a crisis center in Taipei, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said rail links appeared to be unaffected and the runway of Hualien airport was intact.
Taiwanese media reported that a separate hotel known as the Beautiful Life Hotel is tilting.
The agency also posted photos showing a road fractured in several parts.
Hualien, a tourist city surrounded by mountains, is home to about 100,000 people.
The quake late Tuesday caused buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously and killed at least two people.
The quake followed one over the weekend off the coast of Hualien, which lies along the famed "Pacific Rim of Fire" known for seismic activity from Alaska to Southeast Asia.