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 June 6, 2015 at 7:05pm

School building collapses, over 360 escape death

Saturday, 06 June 2015 15:12

School building collapses, over 360 escape death

Over 360 pupils escaped death when 15 classrooms of The Seat of Wisdom International School collapsed on Friday after a down pour at Afrancho Bronkong in the Kwabre West District of the Ashanti Region.

The accident happened later in the evening when the rains had subsided for the kids to rush back to their various homes

The foundation of the 2 storey building has been left exposed following an excavation conducted on an immediate neighbouring land which is believed to be for church construction.

Some residents claim to have witnessed enough and proper building materials being invested into the construction of the school building.

Proprietor of the school Mr Jude Boateng says the collapsed section of the structure hosts  360 pupils but the school received over a hundred pupils from a sister school for a football match on the same day.

Most of the pupils who had come for Saturday classes as of the time TV3 News got to the scene had returned home but one recounted the loss of books.

Residents are blaming authorities for given out the land for the acclaimed construction of a church next to the school.

Parents who talked to TV3 News are fearful of the lives of their wards

Meanwhile staff members of the school are calling on philanthropists and the general public to come to their aid for the provision of temporary wooden structures for teaching and learning from Monday.

Comment by Mark on June 4, 2015 at 4:55pm

NZ: Prison officer trapped after cars' landslide plunge

Barry McCone has evaded tree branches and wandering stock on the winding route home from work before, but nothing prepared him for his latest encounter.

A claw hammer was used to smash a rear window and free the Milton prison officer from his Ford Falcon, which was one of two vehicles that rolled off Highcliff Rd and into a deep hole caused by a landslide on the Otago Peninsula on Wednesday night.

"I was coming home from work, it was raining still quite heavily and it was foggy. I know that road pretty well, I came around the corner and the next thing I was tipping over, I didn't know what the hell was going on."

McCone thought he may have slid across the road, and braced himself for a 100 metre plunge down the bank. Instead, it was a short fall into a section of road – 15m long and 2m deep – that had dropped away.

"If I rolled one more time I would have been on my way down the hill."

In complete darkess, he wriggled his way to the rear end of the car and tried kicking in the back window to no avail. He grabbed his cellphone - no coverage.

"I was thinking 'God I could be here for a long time', so I leaned on the horn for about two minutes and no one came to that."

Help did arrive moments later, but not quite in the way he expected.

A second vehicle, a green Mazda carrying a father and son, also dropped into the carved out southbound lane, landing on top of his car with a thud.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 4, 2015 at 6:22am


15 people rescued, 30 trapped as building under construction collapses in Kisumu

Rescuers attempt to remove debris from a

Rescuers attempt to remove debris from a building that collapsed Wednesday evening in Kisumu's Manyatta estate. At least 30 workers were feared trapped while five others were taken to hospital with serious injuries. PHOTO | SILAS APOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

At least 15 people were rescued after a shopping mall under construction collapsed on Wednesday evening in Kisumu.

Eight people, among them a school pupil, were rushed to hospital in critical condition.

The 4pm incident left 30 construction workers trapped in the rubble of the collapsed shopping mall, which was under construction.

By 10pm on Wednesday, 15 people had been rescued, according to the police.

Gunshots rent the air as the police dispersed the crowd at the scene, as it was slowing down recovery operations. The ensuing stampede left a child critically injured.

Three bulldozers were on the site ploughing through the rubble to recover bodies believed to have still been trapped.

Police working together with locals, Red Cross volunteers and the National Youth Service led the recovery operations.

Area OCPD Musa Kongoli, however, said it was not clear how many people remained trapped in the building as that would only be ascertained once the recovery was complete.


The workers are said to have been having a late lunch at the time the building collapsed.

Mr Raphael Otieno Omollo, a survivor said he shouted when one column of the house fell down at about 4pm.

In the confusion, some of his colleagues escaped. Those who did not hear his alarm were the ones who were trapped in the rubble.

“The house was almost complete and we were on the last floor. I was downstairs when I saw a column fall. I then shouted and before I could run away, the whole building fell trapping my colleagues,” he said.

According to Mr Omollo, the owner of the building had disappeared and could not be traced.

Ms Leah Auma, an eyewitness, said women who were supplying water to the site could also have been trapped inside the building.

Leaders from the county, among them governor Jack Ranguma and his deputy Ruth Odinga, visited the scene.

There was a problem of lighting initially as a blackout hampered the operations before the fire fighters provided generator-powered floodlights.

Comment by Mark on June 2, 2015 at 6:19pm

Thailand Road collapse: Death traps shut down

PATHUM THANI — Two sections of Leab Khlong 4 Road in Khlong Luang district have been closed to traffic after subsidence forced emergency repair crews to be called out.

District authorities cordoned off the road for fear of another fatal accident in the area. Last month a motorcyclist was killed and his pillion passenger badly hurt when he drove into a collapsed section of roadway in neighbouring Nong Sua district.

Officials were called to Leab Khlong 4 road on Friday when the first subsidence of about two metres deep and 50 metres long on the western side was found in Moo 2 village. They found another section of collapsed road of almost the same depth and width on the same day in Moo 8 village.

Comment by Mark on June 2, 2015 at 2:31pm

TWENTY vehicles plummet through Audi dealership's first floor onto workshop

Fire alarm sounded by staff 20 minutes earlier, after hearing loud bang

This was the extraordinary scene after 20 cars fell through the first floor of a car dealership onto a workshop yesterday.
The vehicles crashed through a 100ft by 65ft section of the upper floor at the Audi dealership in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, but staff were evacuated before the collapse and escaped unhurt.
Employees realised the danger and activated the fire alarm, prompting everyone to vacate the building in the Northfield area of the town about 20 minutes in advance of the collapse at 12.30pm.
Ian Wilson, from Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘People working within a workshop heard a loud bang and promptly hit the fire alarm call point.’

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 30, 2015 at 7:06am



Friday, May 29, 2015 06:12PM

Crews are on the scene of a partial building collapse in the city's North Lawndale neighborhood.
The collapse happened around 1:10 p.m. in the building, located in the 1300-block of S. Springfield, officials said.

Construction workers had previously been inside the building but had left by the time the roof collapsed, officials say. No one was injured.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 22, 2015 at 7:16am


Los Angeles firefighters respond to a floor collapse in the 1000 block of S. Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Los Angeles firefighters respond to a floor collapse in the 1000 block of S. Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 01:13PM

At least seven construction workers suffered minor injuries after the second floor of a four-story construction site collapsed in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night, according to fire officials.

Firefighters were called to the building in the 1000 block of S. Olive Street shortly before 7:15 p.m.

Workers were allegedly pouring concrete within a scaffolded area of the second floor when a 30x20 section of the floor gave way.

Five of the seven workers were transported to a local hospital.

No one was trapped, according to the LAFD.

"We've cordoned off the area where the collapse occurred and the Department of Building and Safety and Cal/OSHA are coming out to do an inspection to make sure that everything is ready for workers to go back in and start rebuilding," said Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief David Perez.

The construction site is set to become a residential apartment building.
Comment by KM on May 20, 2015 at 4:31pm

Rescuers hunt residents of SW China collapsed building

GUIYANG, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Sixteen residents from an apartment building that collapsed partially are still not accounted for in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province on Wednesday.

The third and fourth units of the No. 21 apartment complex in a residential community in Yunyan District collapsed at 11:30 a.m. due to a rain-triggered landslide, said the Guiyang city government.

An initial investigation showed 114 residents from 35 households live in the collapsed sections.

As of 5 p.m., 98 of the residents were confirmed safe. Sixteen others cannot be reached, but mobile phone signals of 15 of them were detected at the scene.

More than 100 rescuers are combing the debris with sniffer dogs and life detectors. A four-month baby was pulled out from the debris and rescued.

A man surnamed Zhang who lived on the ground floor was pulled out by rescuers. He told Xinhua that he was awakened by loud noises. He was about to run from the building when he was buried by falling debris.

Another resident who declined to give her name was worried about her daughter-in-law. "She lived on the ninth floor," she said. "I called, but couldn't reach her."

Residents of nearby buildings were evacuated after the accident.

In a separate case, seven were killed after a loess hill landslide buried nine people in four farmers' houses in north China's Shanxi Province on Tuesday evening. One was rescued and in stable condition. One remains trapped.

Comment by Joyce Paski on May 19, 2015 at 5:34pm

An embankment gave way under the elevated train Yellow Line in Chicago. No reason given. Fortunately no one was injured.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 19, 2015 at 12:49am

Heavy rains cause road to cave in Hancock County

May 18, 2015 

HANCOCK COUNTY -- Two sections of Old Kiln Road in the Leetown community caved in several feet Saturday night after heavy rains flooded the area.

The cave-ins occurred between North Bienville Road and Katie Drive in a section of roadway that was constructed over a culvert, Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director John Evans said.

"It looks like the rain just washed away a lot of the dirt underneath it," Evans said.

No one was injured during the collapse.

South Mississippi received an average of about 2 inches of rainfall over the weekend and left several roads and low-lying areas flooded.

County Road Manager Vic Johnson said that area of Old Kiln Road received about 14 inches of water.

The culvert was already slated for an expansion project prior to Saturday's collapse.

Road crews have blocked all lanes of the road and secured the perimeter of the cave-in to keep people away from the hazard.

County supervisors are consulting with their engineer to determine when repairs can begin.

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