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Taiwan quake: Developer arrested in collapsed building probe

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Taiwan quake: Developer arrested in collapsed building probe


Three people have been detained by the authorities in Taiwan on suspicion of negligent homicide. It’s part of an investigation into the collapse of a 17-story apartment complex in the city of Tainan which was destroyed during an “earthquake“ at the weekend killing at least 39 people.

The developer and two of his management team are being held after questions were raised about the building’s construction quality. Close inspection of the rubble has revealed the presence of polystyrene in supporting beams, mixed in with concrete.

The Golden Dragon building, completed in 1994 was the only major high-rise building in the city of Tainan to have completely collapsed. It’s lower stories, filled with arcades of shops, pancaked on top of each other before the entire U-shaped complex toppled in on itself. At least 100 people are still missing.

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