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 September 5, 2012 at 8:16pm

No injuries after partial building collapse in M'ville

The interior sits exposed Wednesday morning after the collapse of the second floor north wall at the Brugos Automotive building. An apartment occupies the space, but no one was hurt when concrete bricks, wood and window glass fell to the sidewalk below 401 W. 73rd Ave.

MERRILLVILLE | A portion of the Brugos Automotive building at 401 W. 73rd Ave. collapsed early Wednesday.

Merrillville Fire Marshal Phil Topor said there is a "good size hole" to a wall to an apartment on the second level of the structure.

The hole is about 10 feet high and about 10 to 15 feet wide, Topor said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene about 1 a.m.

Topor said the cause of the collapse hasn't been determined. Employees at the business believe strong winds brought the wall down.

Amy Seeley, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Romeoville, Ill., said she had no reports of strong winds around the time of the collapse, but it's possible the area received heavy winds at that time.

Dawn Brugos, an owner of Brugos Automotive, said there were no people inside the building when the wall fell.

A cat and a fish were inside, but they were unharmed, she said.

Power was shut off to the building after the collapse. Brugos said she anticipates the business will be closed at least Wednesday, but she hopes to begin operating again as soon as possible.

She said clearance is needed from an inspector before the business can open.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 4, 2012 at 11:15pm

South Georgia church collapses into pile of rubble

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2012 - 6:49 am

Members of a south Georgia congregation are planning their next steps after their church building collapsed.

Church members gathered on Labor Day morning at a pile of rubble that housed St. Thomas AME Church in Thomasville for the past 88 years.

The Thomasville Times-Enterprise reports ( that children playing nearby heard a loud noise coming from the direction of the church Saturday afternoon.

Pastor Clement Choice's wife, Pat, says church members then discovered that the roof had fallen into to the middle of the building.

No one was injured. Authorities say three nearby houses were evacuated after the collapse when it was feared the church bell tower might fall onto a transformer.

Church members said they've had concerns about structural issues, and had been holding services elsewhere in recent months.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 2, 2012 at 9:25pm

2 Killed, 3 Injured As Traditional Ruler’s Home Collapses

At least two people were killed while three others were seriously injured yesterday when parts of the royal home of the ‘Galadima of Bauchi,’ Alhaji Ibrahim Sa’idu Jahun at Unguwar Ganjuwa in the Bauchi metropolis collapsed.

Our correspondent who visisted  the scene reports that the incident occurred around 12: 50pm even though there was no rainfall.

Confirming the incident to LEADERSHIP Sunday, the ward head of ‘Unguwar Ganjuwa’ Malam Abu Ibrahim explained that the two people who died were a man and a woman, while the rest that sustained injuries were evacuated to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital [ATBUTH] Bauchi for treatment.

He revealed that this was the first time the tallest mud wall in the area collapsed on the people, urging the residents who live close to the building to vacate the place pending the end of the rainy season.

Abu Ibrahim who condoled with the families of the victims added that the deceased have since been buried according to Islamic rites.

While the residents of the area who trooped out to the scene lamented that the traditional ruler’s wall poses a threat to them appealing to him to destroy and rehabilitate the outdated building with a view to protecting their lives.

They also called on the government to compensate the families of the victims in order to alleviate their pains.

When he visited the area, the Galadima of Bauchi, Alhaji Ibrahim Sa’idu Jahun who is also a king maker and district head of Zungur in the Bauchi emirate, said he was saddened by the incident and commiserated with the victims and their families.

He prayed Allah to forgive the deceased and wished the injured persons quick recovery, even as he also asked the neighbours who live near the building to quit until when the rains stop.

The ‘Galadima’ who assured that something would be done to prevent the building from further collapse prayed that such sad event will not recur in the future.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 30, 2012 at 10:57pm

3 die in E. Delhi house collapse

Three persons were killed and five other sustained severe injuries after a portion of an underconstruction building collapsed in Gandhi Nagar area of east Delhi.

The incident occurred at around 11.30 am on Thursday in Street No. 5, Ajit Nagar, Gandhi Nagar.
Apparently, the owner Ashok Jain was constructing two more floors to the three storied building. “Around ten people who were passing through the street were crushed when the third floor of the building suddenly collapsed and fell,” said a senior police official.
Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot for the rescue operation. The injured were taken to the nearby hospital where three were declared brought dead and two were discharged after treatment.
One deceased has been identified as Umar Mohammed a resident of village Haranpur, UP, while two others are still unidentified. The deceased is said to be a rickshawpuller.
“The injured were identified as Abdulla, 17, his brother Aarif, 18, Kapil Pandey, 48, Mohit, 20, and Ajay, 23. Abdulla and Aarif were shifted to the Hedgewar Hospital after their condition deteriorated,” said the police official.
A complaint has been lodged for causing hurt under Sections 337 and 304. The police said that Ajay was not at home at the time of the incident.
“He runs a factory on the first floor of the house. He was adding two more floors for commercial activities,” said the police official.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 29, 2012 at 9:40pm

Ceiling in famous Titanic drawing offices collapses

The ceiling in the Titanic drawing rooms where the ill-fated liner was designed has collapsed.

Only three years ago, developers were considering converting the listed building into a hotel.

The drawing rooms were renowned for their high roofs, open floor spaces and luxury decor that was similar to that of the ship itself — and are a Mecca for Titanic enthusiasts.

They have lain unused by the shipyard for decades and have fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years.

But as interest in Titanic surged before the centenary of its sinking, the spacious rooms hosted exhibitions, a catwalk fashion show, the filming of advertisements and even an edition of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

There are plans for the rooms’ refurbishment, but no firm action has yet been agreed to preserve them.

The Titanic Foundation — which is responsible for the building — confirmed that at the end of June part of the plaster ceiling had collapsed.

Concerns have been raised as to whether the building is safe for visitors and there are said to be issues regarding water entering it during bad weather. It is believed that heavy rainfall during June was to blame for the damage .

An architectural heritage company has now been called in by the Titanic Foundation to survey the failing structure.

Work to repair the damage is due to commence shortly, although it is unknown how long it will take to complete.

Back in 2009, developers revealed plans to turn the drawing rooms into a hotel.

At the time, a spokesman for the Titanic Quarter project confirmed that developers were planning to use the drawing room offices as part of a hotel. “The proposed restoration of the drawing offices is part of an ongoing scheme to restore all of the former Harland & Wolff headquarters building,” the spokesman said.

“This listed building is a unique reminder of Belfast's Titanic heritage and Titanic Quarter is working closely with Environment & Heritage to ensure that it is returned to its former glory and that the drawing offices are opened to the public for the first time in their history.

“The principle of public access has been agreed, but the detail is still to be worked out dependent upon the final use of the building.”

It is unknown whether those plans are still being considered.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 28, 2012 at 11:19pm

Rain Causes Partial Collapse in Germantown

updated 8/27/2012 12:46:41 PM ET

Heavy rains early Monday led to the partial collapse of a three-story building at Germantown and Chelten Avenue in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Police say around 10:00 a.m., huge slabs of brick fell 30 feet from the third floor of the building, falling to the ground at a very busy sidewalk with a Dunkin' Donuts on the first floor.

Police say around 10:00 a.m., huge slabs of brick fell 30 feet from the third floor of the building, falling to the ground at a very busy sidewalk with a Dunkin' Donuts on the first floor.

"This is a really busy bus stop so we're fortunate that we have no injuries," said Lt.Anthony Buchanico, Philadelphia Police.

The ceiling on the second floor of the building also collapsed, said Buchanico.

All businesses in the building are closed until they are determined to be safe and caution tape is blocking the sidewalk.

The SEPTA bus stop at that corner has been moved a block away.

Police say that the Department of Licenses and Inspections will be out at the location to check out the building.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 28, 2012 at 11:04pm

Side of Egremont house falls into River Ehen

Side of Egremont house falls into River Ehen.

Water damage caused the side of a house to fall into the River Ehen at Egremont in Cumbria, police said.

The Bridge End property was empty at the time and it is thought flooding caused the rear wall to break away.

The building was so badly damaged that it had to be demolished and surrounding structures made safe.

No-one was hurt in the collapse, but two nearby homes were evacuated as engineers said there was a danger of falling debris.

Police said roads would be closed in the surrounding area "for some time".

Falling debris

The collapse caused a gas leak, but the area has now been made safe.

A joint statement from Cumbria Police, Copeland Council and the Environment Agency said: "The rear of the property collapsed early on Tuesday and following structural assessments the building is now being taken down.

"The house was not occupied at the time and the owners are aware of the situation.

"The residents of the neighbouring property were away at the time of the collapse and that property remains safe at this time.

"Two nearby homes were evacuated to eliminate the risk of falling debris."

A temporary flood defence is being put in place while the demolition, overseen by Copeland Council, takes place.

A flood alert remains in place for the River Ehen.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 25, 2012 at 3:12am

Private Home Collapses in Queens

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 04:26 PM

More than 100 firefighters are on the scene of a Queens home that collapsed Friday afternoon.

Three people were brought to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

A spokesman for the fire department said the home may have been under construction.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 24, 2012 at 10:37pm

Building collapses, 12-year-old girl killed

AHMEDABAD: The world seemed to come crashing down on the small group of students and their tuition teacher at Pipla ni Pol in Raipur on Friday morning. The building they were in collapsed like a house of cards. One of the students died and seven were injured.

Jigna Dalwadi, the instructor was teaching her batch of seven students when the building gave way.

A 12-year old girl, Hardi Contractor - died and the seven others injured sustained severe injuries to their heads and bodies. Those admitted to the V S Hospital include Rajvi Deepak, 8; Rajesh Prajapati, 11; Nanda Dalwadi, 12; Shubham Rana, 12; Jigna Dalwadi, 28; Amit Dalwadi, 35; and Alka Modi, 42.

Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) launched a rescue operation with help of local residents. The work continued till late in the evening as the remainder of the tottering structure was brought down by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to prevent any further incident.

Rajesh Bhatt, additional chief fire officer, AFES, told TOI that they are yet to find out what triggered the collapse. "One side of the building gave way. Half the floor was empty, while the other half was being used for as tuition class by a tenant. As there were people involved, we manually removed the rubble, found the victims and took them to safety. In half an hour, we found the victims huddled at one part, under the debris and sent them to hospital. Our work however continued till late afternoon as the building had to be demolished. The structure was made mainly of wood in the old construction style and was connected with houses nearby," said Bhatt. AMC officials said the building was constructed in 1872 and was included in the heritage-house list. It was however not under the 'dangerous building' category. I K Patel, deputy municipal commissioner, central zone, told TOI that there are 300 buildings considered dangerous or partially dangerous in the latest list prepared by civic authorities.

"Next week onwards, an inspection will be carried out to prevent such accidents due to occupancy of dangerous structures," he said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 20, 2012 at 11:06pm

Heavy rain damages road network, building collapses in Shimla

Shimla: One under construction and another 11 year old concrete structured building collapsed in Totu suburb late last night but not before they were evacuated and no loss to human lives is reported.

Collapsed houses reduced to rubble: Photo – Amit

Sub inspector Shiv Kumar, after inspecting the spot told Hill Post that a partially constructed building with 3 reinforced concrete slabs and a four and a half storied 11 year old building suffered complete loss.

“Cracks have appeared in a nearby building and its occupants have been evacuated for that structure too may collapse,” said Kumar.

“We got information about the building collapse at 10.30 p.m., said the police officer.

A developed plot in the vicinity has also been washed down in the heavy downpour that the hills received over the last 24 hours

In all, 4 families consisting of about 20 people have been rendered homeless.

Elsewhere from the state, heavy rain damages are reported with several roads blocked due to landslides or have been washed away by surging streams and rivers.

Landslides in Himachal Pradesh, Roads Blocked

Dharamsala recorded 182 mm of rain in 24 hours, while it was 111 mm at Sujjanpur Tira, 80 mm as Kasauli, 76 mm at Hamirpur, 50.4 mm at Sundernagar and in Shimla it was 45.4 mm.

Rail traffic in Kangra was hit as part of the track was blocked by a landslide. More than 60 road routes were hit by roadblocks because of rock fall or landslides.

The meterological office has issued a warning forecast that heavy to very heavy rain was likely to be experienced in the region over the next 48 hours as easterly winds were prevailing over the western Himalayan region at lower levels and interacting with mid latitude westerlies over the region.

The  Southwest  Monsoon was vigorous over the state during last 24 hours and precipitation occurred at most places in Himachal Pradesh with very heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places, said the weatherman..




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