Tears and Trembling

Taiwan is slammed by a devastating earthquake that levels cities and may hobble the economy

You probably won't notice any butterflies in Puli this week. The little town in central Taiwan has long been known for its butterflies as well as its Buddhist temples, its scenery and its rice wine. If you could forget that Puli, along with the rest of Taiwan, sits directly atop the juncture of two great tectonic plates, the town would seem idyllic.

Last week the plates made it impossible to forget. At 1:47 on Tuesday morning, Taiwan was slammed by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake. Centered near Puli, the quake left nearly 2,000 dead and at least 100,000 homeless and toppled some 6,000...

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