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Eric Garcetti

Shoddy construction suspected in Taiwan earthquake collapse

Taiwanese prosecutors suspect a 17-story building that collapsed after an earthquake Saturday was built with dubious construction methods, according to local media.

The predawn 6.4 magnitude temblor in Tainan, a city of 1.8 million in Taiwan’s south, flattened the Wei Guan Golden Dragon apartment complex, killing more than 40 people and burying about 100 more beneath a mountain of concrete, broken glass and rebar.

The Tainan District Prosecutor’s Office arrested three former executives of the building’s developer, the now-defunct Wei Guan company, on Tuesday....