Rescuers try to look for victims at the site where a building collapsed during an earthquake in Tainan City, southeast China's Taiwan, Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit an area near Tainan of Taiwan at 03:57 a.m. Beijing Time on Saturday, damaging several buildings, leaving at least seven people dead and hundreds injured, according to the island's disaster response center. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun) (lfj)
Rescuers try to look for victims at the site where a building collapsed during an earthquake in Tainan City, southeast China's Taiwan, Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit an area near Tainan of Taiwan at 03:57 a.m. Beijing Time on Saturday, damaging several buildings, leaving at least seven people dead and hundreds injured, according to the island's disaster response center. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun) (lfj)

Authorities in the South Island city of Dunedin launched an investigation after the collapse, which left two people seriously hurt during a concert at a property with student apartment on March 4.

Photo taken on April 25, 2015 shows a collapsed building after an earthquake in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. Death toll in Nepal climbed to 711, the country's Home Ministry said Saturday afternoon, hours after a major earthquake struck the country. (Xinhua)
Photo taken on April 25, 2015 shows a collapsed building after an earthquake in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. Death toll in Nepal climbed to 711, the country’s Home Ministry said Saturday afternoon, hours after a major earthquake struck the country. (Xinhua)

The conclusion of the report could be summed up as “the balcony being critically overloaded beyond its ultimate capacity,” Dunedin City Council general manager services and development Simon Pickford said in a statement.

The balcony met the building code requirements when it was built and the building had building consent.

“While it’s important to know the balcony was built to code, the key issues center on the event itself and where it was held,” said Pickford.

“This was a great initiative where students were enjoying themselves. However, this wasn’t a suitable location for the concert,” he said.

The council was discussing the issues with the University of Otago, the Otago University Students’ Association, emergency services and other stakeholders.

“We are all very aware students were seriously hurt as a result of this incident and we want to reduce the chances of anything like this happening again.” Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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