Five years ago  September 20th 1999 at 22:47 local time in Taiwan

The disastrous Chi-Chi earthquake hits the Nantou and Taichung counties in Taiwan.

2.297 people died
8.700 were injured
600.000 left homeless
82.000 houses damaged

Source (with many photos):
Soil Mechanics Laboratory TMU

It was the most powerful earthquake in the past 100 years of the Taiwanese history.