Authorities Arrest Three After Taiwan Apartment Tower Collapse

The construction of a collapsed apartment tower faces scrutiny after a deadly earthquake

Three people were arrested Tuesday, all of whom are former executives of the real estate company that built a 17-story apartment building which collapsed after a magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit Taiwan. Lin Ming-hui, Chang Kui-an, and Cheng Chin-kui all face charges of professional negligence resulting in death after at least 40 people were killed and more than 100 were still missing.

The majority of the city of Tainan remains unharmed, but the collapse of the Golden Dragon tower has left many concerned about the construction of the building. Images have surfaced of tin cans believed to be used in the construction of the tower.

"There are so many other older buildings in Tainan that are still standing. Why was it only this building that was completely destroyed?" asked Wang Xingyou, a city cab driver, speaking to CNN.

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