BUSAN, South Korea — Police said Monday that they have begun looking into whether structural flaws were to blame for last week’s gymnasium collapse that killed 10 people, most of them college students, and injured 105 others.
The roof of the gymnasium at the Mauna Ocean Resort in Gyeongju, a historic tourist city 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, caved in on Feb. 17 when some 560 incoming freshmen from the Busan University of Foreign Studies were holding a welcome party inside the building.
After holding a joint on-site inspection with structural engineers and studying an architectural blueprint of the building, police said that not enough bolts had been used to support the roof.
Initially it was thought that snow that had piled up on the roof could have been a major cause of the collapse. Hit by severe winter storms, the Gyeongju area received snowfall of more than 50 centimeters around the time of the accident.
Source: Busan eFM News