Ma calls for inspections of old buildings after earthquake

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/16
By: Yiu Kai-hsiang and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Feb. 16 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Tuesday called for 201602160022t0001measures to prevent a recurrence of the destruction that occurred in Tainan during a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck southern Taiwan on Feb. 6.

These measures would include inspections of old buildings in earthquake-prone areas around the country, Ma said during a visit to Chi-nan Temple (指南宮) in Taipei’s Muzha area where he attended a prayer vigil for the victims of the earthquake.

The Feb. 6 quake, centered in Meinong District of Kaohsiung, left 116 people dead and more than 500 others injured in neighboring Tainan.

The quake toppled several buildings, with the collapsed Weiguan Jinlong apartment complex in Tainan’s Yongkang District being the main site of the casualties, accounting for 114 deaths.    [FULL  STORY]

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