NEW DELHI — An eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories collapsed on Wednesday morning, killing at least 70 people, injuring hundreds of others, and leaving an unknown number of people trapped in the rubble, according to Bangladeshi officials and media outlets....


So much happening under our feet.  Daily collapses of roadways due to the severe bow stretch, severe rains, crunching and land subduction all predicted in Zetatalk and all happening now.  Last week in Utah a fatal road collapse killed a 14 year old girl and injured 2.  It's painful to watch the planet crumble but we all knew it was coming.

Buildings collapsing.........a daily happening too.  With responses about what's causing all these happenings ranging from, rain, human error, poorly constructed, yada yada.....BUT, that's not going to fly with people much longer.  As soon as Planet X peers out at us from the sky, people will remember all the things that have happened up to this point and finally somehow, they will connect the dots.  Some will be in extreme denial, others will be so afraid and look for someone to take care of them, and still others will stand up and be counted and prepare as best we could.  There's no wishing this away, there's only pushing forward to a better tomorrow.  While our infrastructure crumbles around us we need to learn to be more careful, tread softly, kiss your kids, love with all your heart.  We are IN IT NOW.

I live in a house built in 1850 and it isn't falling down.  Age does not mean collapse. 

100-year-old building partially collapses in Malone

By: Rachael Paradis

A building in Malone that has been standing for more than a century will no longer be a sight in the town. The building on Route 11, well known to many in the community, collapsed overnight. While no one was injured, our Rachael Paradis tells us why the town is in a rush to tear it down.



MALONE, N.Y. -- Neighbors in Malone stood in surprise, took pictures and even shared stories of a once popular tavern that started to crumble early Monday morning.

County Legislator Billy Jones said, "It's an old structure, it was a structure that was obviously unsafe."

The tavern/hotel was built in the early 1900'. It has been closed to the public for about 15 years and was condemned six months ago.

Franklin County Emergency Services Director Rick Provost, "We're unsure what occurred last night at 3 a.m. What we do know is this building has been on our list of buildings with issues."

Jones said, "Old things fall down."

Police closed off part off Route 11 to traffic and to people, out of concern the rest of the building could fall down. Some in the community voiced concern over why this building, along with others like it in the area that haven't already been demolished. Officials say it comes down to money.

Provost said, "The high cost of abatement for these buildings really makes it tough for the county or the village to take those burdens on."

Jones, "We just have to come up with a plan to start taking some of these building down so we don't run into this problem going forward."

The demolition is only expected to take hours, but cleaning up the area is a different issue. Officials say it could be weeks before the site is completely cleared.




LAKE ELSINORE: Water leak causes street collapse




10:00 PM PDT on Friday, July 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Temporary repairs to a section of Joy Street in Lake Elsinore are in place today after a 1-inch water line gave way, causing 80 feet of the roadway to collapse and the asphalt to buckle.

The leak, caused by a 6 to 8-inch diameter tree root, was reported late Thursday in a line that leads to several duplexes on Joy between Machado Street and Riverside Drive, and behind Machado Elementary School.

Water service was restored to the 34 customers early Friday morning, said Greg Morrison, spokesman for the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.

Water district and contractor crews spent much of Friday removing the damaged asphalt on the southbound side of Joy and laying down a temporary patch. The road was opened in both directions by late afternoon.

"That way the road will be open completely for the entire weekend," Morrison said.

Crews will return Monday and trench from curb to curb to permanently repair the 1-inch line.

On Tuesday, a paving company will remove the patch, put down new base and repave one side of Joy, Morrison said. Work on the other side will take place on Wednesday.

"That way on Tuesday and Wednesday we'll be able to keep on

Windhorst, Parsons Roadway Collapse: Cautious Testing Continues

County workers are testing for sinkholes but the work is proceeding methodically because of utility lines at the intersection, according to a Hillsborough County spokesman.

Several lanes at the intersection of Windhorst Road and Parsons Avenue in Brandon remained closed for the indefinite future as county workers tread carefully in determining what caused a section of the roadway to collapse July 19.

“We have to be really careful at that intersection because there are lots of utility lines in the area,” said Hillsborough County spokesman Patrick Murray. "We have a sewer line and a water line there and we have to make sure there are no other utilities, so we have to be careful drilling.”

At the scene, late afternoon July 22, barricades were seen at the intersection, with drilling under way.

Crew workers first believed a 16-inch sewage pipeline beneath the intersection might have caused the collapse of the 6-foot-square section of roadway on July 19, according to a county report.

But the sewer line was dug up and found to be intact.  Now the county is testing the intersection for sinkholes — but carefully, as Murray noted.  

Additional detours and lane closures are possible as crews dig up the line for inspection and any necessary repairs.

Motorists who must travel through the intersection are warned to expect delays.

Sewer collapse closes part of Lexington Road



At least one eastbound lane of Road near Etley Avenue and Cave Hill Cemetery will be closed during Thursday morning’s rush hour after a 48-inch brick sewer collapsed Wednesday evening.

Crews noticed a depression in the road before discovering the sewer had collapsed, and the area will be excavated Thursday morning, said Metropolitan Sewer District Executive   Bud Schardein.

He said it was too early to tell what caused the collapse, but age was a likely factor. That part of the sewer was built in the 1880s and could have been weakened from an unusually wet spring.

“With all the wet weather we’ve had this past spring, that has a tendency to undermine the mortar,” Schardein said.

Road collapse might have killed Colorado family


(wpr) - Engineers say a large section of Wyoming highway where four Colorado family members plunged to their deaths might have totally collapsed in a matter of minutes.

It had been raining for hours Monday night when local authorities warned the Constantinides family, among others, about potential flood conditions near North Brush Creek Campground around midnight.

Not long afterward, the family's van drove into a washed-out portion of Wyoming highway 130 and was swept about 75 yards down Brush Creek. Laurel Constantindies and her three daughters died.

The husband and father, Alex Constantindies, who had grown up in Laramie, survived and escape the vehicle. He and a passerby later rescued Carbon County Emergency management Coordinator John Ziegler, whose car washed out while he was trying to assist in flood protection efforts.

Ziegler said he was "very fortunate" to have survived.

Bruce Burrows of the Wyoming Transportation Department says engineers are studying what happened to the roadway early Tuesday morning. He says preliminary assessments indicate the creek swollen with rain and snowmelt may have undermined the roadway over some hours and then gouged a 25-foot-wide, 9-foot-deep hole in a matter of minutes.

Yunnan road test the opening day collapse resulting in four deaths and injuries

8, Yunnan

8, Yunnan” in the history of the most short-lived highway “a serious collapse destroyed sections of the site. After investigation, the highway there in time duration and other issues. Xinhua News Agency reporters Chen Hai and Ning She

Recently, Yunnan Province, Internet users post, said the new Xinping county secondary road test three estuary opening day collapse occurs, resulting in 2 dead 2 injured. Internet users have questioned this “the most short-lived highway” Why just fix it collapsed, was “too much rain” or “bad way”?

After the incident, Yunnan Provincial Department and the Transportation Department were dispatched to investigate a group of experts, the group that really belongs to all “natural disasters caused by heavy rainfall.”

collapse of the vehicle crash on

recently, Internet users “pass,” said Post, June 27, Xinping County of Yuxi City, three city secondary road test the opening of the estuary collapse occurred the next day, resulting in a vehicle passing through here turn under the cliff, killing two people died inside the car and two others injured, highway interrupted. For the cause of the accident, the local government is a single point of heavy rain caused by a natural disaster.

7 8, correspondent along the new road to the scene three, the road there are construction workers on the highway guardrail, drainage and other construction, from time to time some sections of earth and rock rolled down from the hills.

close to the scene of the accident, the construction set up roadblocks on the road side. In the new three road K25 +450 to K26 +480 road, the reporter saw a total of three road damage, including two collapsed, a surface crack. Road accident at the hillside, two-way four-lane have collapsed, a lot of rocks, soil and concrete was rushed into the street of the valley.

“red water collapsed roadbed”

Zhang Xinping County Department of Transportation Secretary BU has introduced three new roads through villages and towns in Xinping County 8 19 village committees, with a total mileage of 90 kilometers . Road along the fragile geology, disasters, floods and geological disasters have been more serious.

accidents mainly due to heavy rains led to a single point of soft roadbed, road ditches and culverts to be above the blockage, and finally the formation of water as a waterfall of impact, resulting in collapse of highway roadbed.

Bu there are rules that highway design, construction and supervision units are selected strictly in accordance with the bidding system, procedural compliance and found no serious design flaws, quality of construction or supervision of omissions.

collapse occurred Sections of the construction unit project manager Jiangzu Long introduction, the unit will subcontract work to the successful construction services company, the project head of engineering equipment and materials, and is responsible for management and technical guidance, service company only the labor force, which is not labor sub-subcontract, the state permitted by law.

he said, in strict accordance with design drawings for construction, engineering, quality is no problem, Lu Jisong soft infiltration and erosion is mainly caused by the floods.

no quality problems, experts say

afterwards, Yunnan Provincial Department and the Transportation Department were sent experts to the scene. The Group believes that: section of the incident transverse slope steep terrain, poor geological conditions, heavy rainfall increased the hydrostatic pressure, the formation of collapse, is a heavy rainfall-induced natural disasters.

Yunnan Provincial Communications Department who participated in the survey, experts say, from the survey of the situation, roadbed, retaining wall strength and so meet the requirements and found no quality problems.

subsidy investigation in time duration for the fight

accused of the most short-lived road not approved the first building, not the acceptance that the opening test

Reporter learned that the investigation, three new road opened in October 2009 to build, and design in May 2010 before the Provincial Communications Department has been approved, there is “not approved prior to construction” and “time duration” issue. Not hand over the road in case of acceptance of test traffic violations, and plans to be held on 30 June the opening ceremony, canceled after the accident.

construction personnel, three new road along the geological environment is complex, time is short, heavy task in building a post, Xinping shouted “make a big quick-drying 60 days,” the slogan of the progress of the projects Forced , post workers overtime work.

what makes engineering so catch it? Reporters learned that, in addition to travel to meet the requirements of the masses, more important reason is that for national road toll for the abolition of two grants. According to the policy, the new secondary roads shall be June 30 this year, opened to traffic, or can not enjoy the state’s two highway toll abolition of subsidies.

Details Emerge in Deadly Road Collapse

Cheyenne : WY : USA | Jul 20, 2011
Engineers say a large section of Wyoming highway where four Colorado family members plunged to their deaths may have totally collapsed in a matter of minutes. Bruce Burrows of the Wyoming Transportation Department says engineers are studying what happened to state Route 130 over South Brush Creek... FULL ARTICLE AT KSAZ



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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 30, 2013 at 11:31pm

Cuba says 2 dead as heavy rains collapse buildings

Saturday, November 30, 2013

HAVANA — Two people are dead from torrential rains that lashed Cuba for more than 24 hours, island authorities said Saturday.

The deluge caused multiple collapses in dwellings in Havana, Communist Party newspaper Granma reported. A man and a woman were killed in one structure that caved in.

Yunior Amesa, nephew of the deceased man, told The Associated Press he had left for work just before their building came down.

"It was raining very hard and there was a lot of weight (from the water) up there. They went to bed. Minutes before, I was sitting in there," Amesa said. "When I went to work I heard the building had collapsed and caught them both sleeping."

The rain arrived early Friday and fell near constantly throughout the day. Traffic snarled and some cars were stranded, as intersections flooded and streets turned into rushing rivers.

Cuba's Meteorological Institute recorded 2.8 inches (72 millimeters) of precipitation during a single three-hour period in the afternoon in Havana, and accumulations of up to 7.8 inches (200 millimeters) overnight.

Rain continued to fall in the capital early Saturday, and the famed seaside Malecon boulevard remained closed because of high surf that was breaking over the seawall and onto the street.

Granma said the area affected ranged from the western province of Artemisa to Ciego de Avila in the central part of the country.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2013 at 2:39pm

PICTURES: "Miracle no one was killed" after chapel collapses in Castle Street, Launceston
Thursday, November 28, 2013

LAUNCESTON residents have said it is miracle no one was killed after a derelict chapel collapsed in the street.

Emergency services were called to Castle Street at around 12.30am this morning after the building – the former Launceston Congregational Church – collapsed.

"I heard a noise around midnight, it sounded like fireworks or bangers. When I went out my car, a metallic blue VW Golf, it was under the debris. Some of the rafters from the roof were covering it and it has been badly damaged.

"The wing mirrors and door handles have been knocked off and there are dents and scratches all over it. I can't move it at the moment but I think it is still repairable."

She said that “someone could have been killed” if the building had collapsed during daylight hours, especially around the time children leave school.

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "If this had happened between 3.30pm and 4pm, when children are coming from school, this could have been a disaster, another Aberfan. It is lucky that it happened when no-one was passing by."

The derelict church, built as a Congregational Church in the 1860s, closed after around 100 years. The building was sold to members of the Bate family, from Tresmeer, members of the Downinney Four Square Gospel, in 1964.

It continued as the Castle Street Chapel until about 30 years ago. Members of the congregation meet elsewhere in the town, currently in a classroom at the St Joseph's School in St Stephen's Hill, because their old building was unsuitable.

It is currently owned by two elderly trustees and had been on the market but was unsold.

It stands at the end of Castle Street, described by John Betjeman as containing "the most perfect collection of eighteenth century town houses in Cornwall."

It is less than 100 yards down the one-way Castle Street from the Eagle House Hotel and near the Lawrence House Museum.

Sophie Dunleavy, proprietor of the Eagle House Hotel, said the road was blocked at a point past their entrance.

"People can drive down to us and the police are permitting vehicles to return against the flow of the one-way system towards the town centre. That is helpful to us because we have heard it could be blocked for a week," said Ms Dunleavy.

The fire service confirmed earlier that it had completed its search of the building, with no one found to be trapped or injured.

A spokesman said: "Firefighters from Launceston and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have completed a full search, within their capability, of the building and vicinity.

"No-one has been found trapped.

"The firefighters have made up their equipment and have now left the incident in care of Cornwall Council Building Control."

Fire crews had deployed a rescue dog to search through the rubble in the early hours, following the collapse of the building at 12.30am.

Part of the roof had completely collapsed and debris had fallen into the road.

A fire service spokesman said: “Firefighters initiated a search using a thermal imaging camera and initial signs are that no-one is involved.

“To be certain a search and rescue dog and specialist team from Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were requested/”

At 4am, the dog was deployed to search the rubble.

Castle Street has been closed to traffic and will remain closed for some considerable time.

The spokesman added: “Members of the public are asked to stay away from the area to allow firefighters to conduct their search.”

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    The collapsed chapel building in Launceston

The roof of the 150-year-old building came crashing down and sent debris flying into the road.

Lisa Hedges, who lives in Northgate Place, on the opposite side of the walkway to one of the Chapel walls, had her car damaged by debris from the falling roof, but says it was a miracle that no one was hurt.


Comment by KM on November 28, 2013 at 1:34am

World Cup Stadium In Brazil Partially Collapses; 3 Killed

11/27/13 11:46 AM ET EST AP

world cup stadium collapse

SAO PAULO (AP) — Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, causing significant damage and killing three people, authorities said.

The accident could delay the delivery of the stadium in Sao Paulo by FIFA's December deadline to have all 12 venues ready. Work was immediately halted at the Itaquerao Stadium, which was practically completed before the collapse.

Television images showed a huge metal structure buckled atop the stadium, destroying part of the stands in the east side of the venue. A LED panel installed outside the venue also was hit.

Firefighter official Mauro Lopes said in a radio interview that at least three people died in the accident, which apparently happened when a crane collapsed on top of the metal structure. The crane was installing what was the last part of the structure.

Brazilian club Corinthians, which owns the stadium, released a brief statement "lamenting" the accident.

Constructor Odebrecht said it was already investigating what happened.

Brazil is running against time to deliver the last six World Cup stadiums by the end of the year, although work at the Itaquerao was advanced compared to the other venues.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2013 at 5:35pm

Bangalore: five killed in building collapse, two injured

Bangalore: five killed in building collapse, two injured

Fire fighters and Civil Defence personnel clearing the debris of a building which collapsed at Adugodi area in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Bangalore Five persons were killed and two others injured when a dilapidated house collapsed and brought down some other adjoining ramshackle residential units in Bangalore today.

Bodies of the victims -- two labourers from Uttar Pradesh, a two-year-old child and two women -- were recovered from under the debris, police and fire officials said.

The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital.

The house located on a godown collapsed first and four others adjacent to the building, inhabited mostly by labourers, crumbled under its impact, the officials said.

A police official said the building's walls were weak and the heavy downpour a few days ago had made it worse.

Police said a case had been registered against the building owner.

Five brigade personnel were engaged in rescue and relief work, they said. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 25, 2013 at 5:05pm

Two buildings collapsed in Alexandria.

Building collapse in Alexandria kills one
Elderly woman dies when apartment building with pending demolition order collapses in Mediterranean city of Alexandria
Ahram Online , Monday 25 Nov 2013

At least one person died when a building collapsed in Alexandria on Sunday, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Mohamed Nasser, a civil defence official, said the ramshackle building in the western Attarien district had been issued with a demolition order that was not enforced.

Residents, alerted by a partial collapse, evacuated the building shortly before it fell down, except for the slain woman.

The rescue team was looking for possible survivors under the rubble, Nasser said.

Building collapses in Egypt are often attributed to decaying infrastructure, local authorities' failure to carry out demolition orders, and unlicensed extensions of additional floors.

The coastal city of Alexandria has seen a number of major building collapses in recent years.

Similar incidents left one dead in the city in May and another in February.

In January, a building collapsed in El-Maamoura district killing 28 and injuring at least 11.    

In 2008, at least 11 were killed in Alexandria after a four-storey building collapsed at night while residents were sleeping.

A similar collapse in July 2012 killed at least nine people, and in October that year, a further four were killed

Second building collapse in Alexandria causes another death
Two buildings collapse in Egypt's coastal city within hours, leaving two dead
Ahram Online , Monday 25 Nov 2013
A second building collapsed in Alexandria on Monday, hours after a residential apartment building fell in another area of the Mediterranean city.

At least one woman was killed and four others injured when a dilapidated building subsided in the western Al-Gomruk district, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

Late on Sunday, a two-storey apartment building collapsed west of the city, leaving an elderly woman dead.

Officials say both buildings were issued demolition orders that weren't enforced.

Building collapses in Egypt are frequent in poor areas, and are often attributed to decaying infrastructure, local authorities' failure to carry out demolition orders, and unlicensed extensions of additional floors. The government is frequently blamed for lax enforcement of construction laws.

The coastal city of Alexandria has been plagued by major building collapses in recent years.

Similar incidents left one dead in the city in May and another in February.

In one of the deadliest incidents, a building collapsed in January in El-Maamoura district, killing 28 and injuring at least 11

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 24, 2013 at 3:58am

Owner lucky to be alive after falling building crushes his prized BMW

23 Nov 2013 14:05

Nick Kay, 30, was watching TV in his flat when he heard what he thought was an earthquake - when he looked out of the window he saw rubble covering his ‘pride and joy’ BMW 330

Nick Kay’s prized BMW was crushed by the building in Little Underbank, StockportNick Kay’s prized BMW was crushed by the building in Little Underbank, Stockport
Sean Hansford

A distraught car owner says he is lucky to be alive after a building collapsed and crushed his prized BMW.

Nick Kay, 30, was watching TV in his flat when he heard what he thought was an earthquake. When he looked out of the window he saw rubble covering his ‘pride and joy’ BMW 330 bought thanks to an inheritance from his late grandmother.

The ten-year-old motor, worth about £5,000, was written off after a three-story derelict building collapsed on Little Underbank in Stockport.  

Nick, who runs a website for record collectors, and other residents had to be evacuated from the street, while the rubble was cleared and inspectors ensured the area was safe.

Investigation launched after BMW crushed in Stockport building coll...  

Nick Kay’s prized BMW was crushed by the building in Little Underbank, StockportNick Kay’s prized BMW was crushed by the building in Little Underbank, Stockport

He said: “The building shook. It felt like an earthquake. I was going to go out to Tesco in the car but I decided to stay in. If not for that I would have been in the car. The driver’s side was crushed. If your car is going to be damaged you think it might be a break-in, not this. I’ve had it for three years and it’s my pride and joy.”

He said he and other residents had complained to the council about the ‘dangerous’ former furniture shop, which has been empty for eight years.

Nick said: “It was only a matter of time before that building crumbled. It’s just been left there to rot. There was even a tree growing out of the roof.

“There’s actually a bench right outside and there are always students or mums with their kids there. I’m convinced if it had happened two or three hours earlier there would have been a casualty or even a death.”

Emergency services were called at  7pm on Thursday. Building inspectors were at the scene, near the Robinson’s brewery, yesterday amid fears about adjoining buildings.

A council spokesman said: “The council has been working with emergency services to ensure the site is safe.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 24, 2013 at 3:33am

Hackney terrace to be demolished after cracks spotted

Amhurst Road in HackneyEight people have had to leave their homes

A block of terraced housing in east London is to be demolished after a member of the public noticed cracks.

Part of the Gibbons Building in Amhurst Road, Hackney, which contains seven homes, will be pulled down after being deemed "an immediate risk to public safety".

Eight people have been forced to leave their homes. The building also contains two restaurants.

Hackney Council said the demolition could take all weekend.

The cracks were reported to the London Fire Brigade on Friday night.

The crack in the buildingThe crack can be seen in the building

A Hackney Council spokesperson said contractors will pull down number 1 and assess numbers 3 and 5 to see if they can still be saved.

"Hackney Council has arranged for the urgent controlled demolition of 1-5 Amhurst Road following reports that the building has become structurally unsound and posed an immediate risk to public safety," he said.

"We are trying to shore up two-thirds of the building before demolition can begin.

"The process of demolishing the building could take all weekend, perhaps even several days."

'RIP Rawduck'

The Gibbons Building survived a fire which destroyed the property next to it "years ago", BBC London 94.9's Anna O'Neill reported.

The end block will be pulled down before the rest of the terrace will be assessed to see what damage has been done, she said.

Councillor Vincent Stops, chairman of Hackney Council's planning committee, tweeted: "Saddened by the news that 1-5 Amhurst Road AKA the Gibbons Building is to be demolished for structural safety reasons. Really sad."

Half of the eight people who left their homes will be housed in hotels and the other four are staying with friends or relatives.

A Travelodge hotel is currently being built in the adjacent car park.

The ground floor of the terrace includes the Cirrik and RawDuck restaurants.

The owners of the RawDuck tweeted: "We're so so sad to say that the building we are in cannot be saved and the council are demolishing it today. This is a sad day. RIP Rawduck."

Amhurst Road is closed between Mare Street and Pembury Junction and will remain shut on Sunday.

And access to Hackney Central Overground station has also been restricted to pedestrians via the northern entrance.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 24, 2013 at 2:17am

Third section of Latvian supermarket roof collapses

Published: 7:17AM Sunday November 24, 2013 Source: AP

  • Rescue workers search debris of the Maxima supermarket in Riga, Latvia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Scores of people have died, including three firefighters, after an enormous section of roof collapsed at a Latvian supermarket in the country's capital, emergency medical officials said. - Source: AP

A massive third section of the roof at a Latvian supermarket where at least 54 people were killed fell as emergency workers searched nearby rubble for more victims.

Though no one was injured in Saturday's collapse, officials suspended the effort as they considered the dangers of continuing the search in the unstable building.

Latvia's president described the disaster at the Maxima supermarket in Riga, the worst in the Baltic country since it regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, as "murder" and called for a speedy investigation into its cause.

Investigators are looking at faulty construction or work on the roof's grass-and gravel-covered surface as the potential cause of the initial collapse in the crowded supermarket on Thursday. Workers were installing a garden area and children's playground for an adjacent high-rise residential building.

Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman Viktorija Sembele said the latest collapse occurred in an area where firefighters were not working, but the service immediately recalled its people from inside to ensure there were no casualties. The service tweeted minutes later that no one was injured.

The dramatic cave-in came as rescue workers were attempting to complete an operation in a particularly dangerous part of the building. The rescue service said it wants to consult with engineers before renewing the operation and that all search efforts will be put on hold until Sunday morning.

Fifty-four deaths had been confirmed by Saturday afternoon. Police spokesman Dairis Anucins said there were still seven people missing who might have been in the store at the time of the collapse.

Associated Press video of the scene showed a large portion of the roof crashing down as rescuers worked close by. A massive boom can be heard as the section hits the ground in a cloud of dust.

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Comment by Chris on November 21, 2013 at 10:26pm

Another picture of the Latvia collapse. 500sq meters of roof gave in in 2 seperate incidents

Comment by Chris on November 21, 2013 at 10:20pm

Dozens feared trapped in Latvia grocery store collapse
Four people have been killed and at least 30 others injured after the roof of a large grocery store collapsed on Thursday in the Latvian capital, said rescue service officials. As many as 70 people may still be trapped in the rubble.



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