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Collapsed tower shoddy

THE television tower in northern China that collapsed on July 23 in a rainstorm was shoddily constructed, investigators have said.

The landmark tower of Jinzhou City in Hebei Province was under construction when it broke into three parts.

A task force investigating the incident said substandard materials and engineering led to the collapse, a Hebei-based newspaper said yesterday.

The building site and construction materials piled on it have been cordoned off.

The construction won't be resumed until the investigation is completed, said a task force official who declined to be named.

A test by the provincial architecture engineering quality inspection center before the collapse had suggested most of the construction was substandard. The test was made after a strong gale on April 20 moved the top of the tower.

A further analysis by the inspection center after the collapse said it was a "tofu building."

Technicians from the provincial academy of architecture sciences thought bad engineering caused non-uniform stress on the framework which was partially responsible for the collapse.

The 186.8-meter-tall tower had its steel structure fractured at 56 meters and 70 meters in the strong winds, which reached 79km an hour.


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