A magnitude 6 earthquake hit Hualien, eastern Taiwan on February 6 and left 17 dead and more than 280 injured. One hotel and another mixed-use high rise partially collapsed. The first floor of the mixed-use building was a restaurant and its second and third floors were used as a hotel. Many say the greatest problem many buildings in Taiwan face is severe irregularities such as weak floors, mixed-use high rises, store owners would cut crucial beams or corners to have more open space.
Let’s hear more from Prof.Lee Hong-yuan, a professor of civil engineering at National Taiwan University. Prof.Lee served as the Minister of the Interior from 2012 to 2014.