Four buildings collapsed during the Feb. 6 earthquake in Hualien last year. Of the four, Yun Men Tsui Ti residential building had the most fatalities with 14. The Hualien District Court ruled on the case on Oct. 8, finding the developer, architect and civil engineer guilty of negligent death and sentencing them to five years imprisonment each. The ruling can be appealed.
Four buildings collapsed when a magnitude 6 earthquake struck Hualien on Feb. 6, 2018. The earthquake measured magnitude 7 in downtown Hualien. Fourteen people were injured or killed at the Yun Men Tsui Ti residential building. Prosecutors found that the developer was not only using someone else's construction license, but also used shoddy construction materials.
Rebar with strength of 4,200 kilogram force per square meter should have been used, but the rebar they used had strength of just 2,800 kilogram force per square meter. This means the rebar's tensile strength was inadequate.
Along with the developer, a court found the architect and civil engineer guilty of negligent death and sentenced the three to five years each.
There was negligence found in both structural design and construction. Because of this negligence, the building collapsed during the Feb. 6 earthquake. The court found all three dependents culpable and handed down the maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.
Victims say the sentence was way too light, especially when none of the defendants showed any remorse.
Everything you've worked for your entire life is taken from you in the blink of an eye, and that person only gets a 5-year sentence? Not to mention, 14 lives were lost here. From what I've seen, the developer has not shown an iota of remorse.
The Hualien District Court says negligent death is only punishable by a maximum of five years under Article 276 of the Criminal Code and the judge already handed down the maximum sentence. The ruling can be appealed.