Photos of the week: 2/2 - 2/9

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HUALIEN, TAIWAN - FEBRUARY 9: A damaged building is seen standing at night on February 9, 2018 in Hualien, Taiwan. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit late Tuesday night. According to reports, six people have been killed with hundreds injured. Almost 100 weaker earthquakes were dectected along Taiwan's east coast in the last week. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Newly released child soldiers wait in a line for their registration during the release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on February 7, 2018. More than 300 child soldiers, including 87 girls, have been released in South Sudan's war-torn region of Yambio under a programme to help reintegrate them into society, the UN said on on Februar y 7, 2018. A conflict erupted in South Sudan little more than two years after gained independence from Sudan in 2011, causing tens of thousands of deaths and uprooting nearly four million people. The integration programme in Yambio, which is located in the south of the country, aims at helping 700 child soldiers return to normal life. / AFP PHOTO / Stefanie Glinski (Photo credit should read STEFANIE GLINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A trader reacts near the end of the day on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Co-handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil for the crowd gathered at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed
IN SPACE - FEBRUARY 8: In this handout photo provided by SpaceX, a Tesla roadster launched from the Falcon Heavy rocket with a dummy driver named 'Starman' heads towards Mars. (Photo by SpaceX via Getty Images)
Bioluminescent phytoplankton is seen along the coastal waters at Big Sur, California, U.S., February 5, 2018. Picture taken February 5, 2018. George Krieger/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT: GEORGE KRIEGER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 2: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly watches as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC on Friday, Feb. 02, 2018. President Donald Trump talked to reporters and members of the media about the release of a secret memo on the F.B.I.'s role in the Russia inquiry. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 07: A man enjoys skiing at Trocadero square covered by snow in front of the Eiffel Tower on February 7, 2018 in Paris, France. After exceptionally heavy snow last night, Paris and its suburbs are covered with snow this morning causing many problems of road and rail traffic. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
A mahout bathes his elephant in the polluted water of river Yamuna in New Delhi, India February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People eat dinner at a market in Bangkok, Thailand February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers perform during the start of the 22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Syrian man carries a child following reported Syrian air force strikes in the rebel-held town of Saqba, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ABDULMONAM EASSA (Photo credit should read ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 08: Fans crowd the streets to watch a Super Bowl victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team on February 8, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
Vlasta Keranovic inspects a solid-ink pen after repairing it in a fountain pen repair shop, in Zagreb, Croatia, February 6, 2018. Picture taken February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 07: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., make their way to the Senate floor after announcing a two-year deal on the budget earlier in the day on February 7, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
A girl touches the tail of the corpse of a beached whale on the beach of Arenal de Moris in Caravia, Spain, February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An Embraer E-190 E2 aircraft featuring a spray painted tiger's face on the nose of the aircraft is displayed during a media preview of the Singapore Airshow February 4, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander (L) makes a statement during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar (R), a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in the Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TOPSHOT - A nun removes snow during a snowfall in front of the gate of the Bogoslovsky nunnery in the village of Bogoslovo in Vladimirsky region some 190 km outside Moscow on February 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Konstantin CHALABOV (Photo credit should read KONSTANTIN CHALABOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A Mercedes SUV is lifted off the gravestones at a cemetery in the Sydney suburb of South Coogee on February 6, 2018. The early morning crash caused significant damage after the driver failed to take a corner, crashing through a wall before landing on the gravestones. Police said the driver failed a roadside alcohol breath test before going to hospital. / AFP PHOTO / William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
A Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army fighter is seen in the eastern suburbs of al Bab, Syria February 4, 2018.REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
DORCHESTER, DORSET - FEBRUARY 09: Dippy the dinosaur, a diplodocus skeleton on loan from the Natural History Museum is unveiled at Dorset County Museum on the first stage of an eight-stop tour of the UK on February 9, 2018 in Dorchester, Dorset. Some five million people are expected to see Dippy over the next two years at venues ranging from the Welsh assembly to Norwich Cathedral. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A picture taken on February 7, 2018 shows a Syrian air force MiG-23 jet dropping a payload during a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. / AFP PHOTO / Amer ALMOHIBANY (Photo credit should read AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images)
A damaged building is seen after an earthquake struck on February 8, 2018 in Hualien, Taiwan. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit late Tuesday night. According to reports, six people have been killed with hundreds injured. Almost 100 weaker earthquakes were dectected along Taiwan's east coast in the last week. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - FEBRUARY 06: The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on February 6, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket is the most powerful rocket in the world and is carrying a Tesla Roadster into orbit. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and first lady Melania Trump return to the White House after a day trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, February 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. While in Ohio President Trump delivered remarks after touring cylinder manufacturer Sheffer Corporation while the first lady visited patients and their families at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The scene on Feb. 4, 2018 after an Amtrack train crashed into a CSX frieght train in Cayce, S.C. The engineer and conductor were killed. (Tim Dominick/The State/TNS via Getty Images)
A dog jumps into the air to catch a ball along the beach near the County Kerry village of Rossbeigh, Ireland, February 4, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WINCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: A conservator from McNeilage Conservation uses a soft brush and vacuum cleaner to clean accumulated dust and dirt from part of the intricate stone surface of the Great Screen that is being cleaned for the first time in over 100 years as past of a giant spring clean at Winchester Cathedral on February 7, 2018 in Winchester, England. Built between 1450 and 1476, the Great Screen is one of the most iconic features of Winchester Cathedral and its cleaning is the one of the first landmark moments for the Cathedral in 2018, a year which will see Winchester Cathedral transformed by a number of developments funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund including urgent repair work to the Cathedral's presbytery has been carried out over the last three years, including re-leading the roof, restoring the windows, and conserving the vault. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A young hunter rests next to his tamed golden eagle during an annual hunters competition at Almaty hippodrome, Kazakhstan February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Children play on a trampoline in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Caren Firouz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man walks behind an artist creation at Gyeongpo beach in Gangneung, ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Charles has his helmet adjusted after taking a ride on a Warrior Tracked Armoured Vehicle during a training exercise on a visit to The Mercian Regiment at their barracks in Bulford, Wiltshire, Britain, February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Oscar nominees including Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Gary Oldman, Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya, Sally Hawkins, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig, Meryl Streep, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Sam Rockwell, Kobe Bryant, Mary J. Blige, Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf, Jordan Peele, and Octavia Spencer attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Brick factory workers stack bricks on a cart to take them to the warehouse in Dhaka, Bangladesh February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Nihira Bajracharaya, 5, is pictured after being appointed as the Living Goddess Kumari of Lalitpur, Nepal February 5, 2018. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TOPSHOT - (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on February 6, 2018 shows (clockwise) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (up) touching the head of European Parliament Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt prior to a plenary session at the European Parliament on February 6, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORIN (Photo credit should read FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Chelsea Reid-Johnson counting llamas during the ZSL London Zoo annual stock take at ZSL London Zoo on February 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)
Members of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission wear spacesuits while conducting scientific experiments during an analog field simulation in Oman's Dhofar desert on February 7, 2018, in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the opening committee perform during the opening ceremony of the traditional Opera Ball in Vienna, Austria, February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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A massive 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien this week. At least 10 people were killed and rescue dogs were brought in to search for survivors. The force of the quake caused buildings to collapse, streets to buckle and a residential complex to tilt at a precarious angle.

Other major headlines of the week included White House aide Rob Porter resigning amid allegations he abused two former wives, Wall Street experiencing huge swings in a volatile trading week and the launching of Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

Click through the slideshow above to see photos from all of these events and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photography from the week.

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