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 August 18, 2014 at 7:35pm

Eight die in Alberton building collapse

August 18, 2014

The Labour Department has dispatched a team of inspectors to investigate the collapse of a building today that killed eight in Meyersdal, Alberton, south-east of Johannesburg

“The department has dispatched a team of inspectors to investigate, after which they will issue a preliminary report on the cause of the accident,” the department said in a statement.

The department said Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant had sent her condolences to the families of those who were killed when the house collapsed at the Meyersdal Eco Estate.

ER24 said eight people had been killed, and that the the six who were injured had been taken to hospital.

Two of the 27 builders working on the house were still missing under the rubble, spokeswoman Luyanda Majija said.

Ekurhuleni emergency spokesman William Ntladi said: “The total is eight for now, but the search is still going on. This number might change.”

The Meyersdal Eco Estate confirmed the accident.

“Today, at approximately 10.30am, a structure at the house of one of our residents, which was undergoing alterations collapsed,” it said in a statement. “Emergency services are still involved in rescue operations and the families of the affected workers have yet to be informed.”

Security at the upmarket estate was tight as non-residents were questioned before they were allowed access. Some were turned away.

The estate’s attorney Andrew Boerner said they were waiting for an update from emergency services.

“We ask the media to await the official statement from emergency services until such time as they have completed their rescue operation,” he said outside the gates of the estate. “We are liaising with emergency services and providing our full co-operation to them and the contractor.”

The Meyersdal Eco Estate is the property from which two giraffes were removed last month.

The giraffes were being transported on the N1 highway on a truck when one of them hit its head on a bridge and died. Last week, the Gauteng agriculture department said the estate was being investigated over whether it had the correct permits to bring in and keep giraffes.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 13, 2014 at 10:13pm

Collapsed road strands some residents in Jimersontown

“It’s kind of like a snow day,” he said, noting he sent photos of the road’s damage to his employer so they’d believe him. “There’s no clear way out of here but this road.”

Old Route 17 runs parallel to Interstate 86 between Salamanca and Steamburg but is a dead end on each side of the Allegheny River. The rest of the road, which hasn’t been maintained since the late 1980s, is divided by the decrepit Red House Bridge.

That means the road is the only way back into Salamanca for those who live on Old Route 17 or Breed Run Road, which also is a dead end and intersects about a quarter mile west of the wash out.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 11, 2014 at 5:18pm

Thailand building collapse kills 3, traps 7

 August 11 at 11:04 AM

BANGKOK — A six-story building under construction on the outskirts of Thailand’s capital collapsed Monday, killing three workers and trapping at least seven others underneath the rubble, police said.

Emergency teams rescued seven people from the site and were trying to free the rest, police Maj. Gen. Smithi Mookdasanit said.

Smithi said there were about 30 workers in the area at the time of the collapse. It was unclear what caused the accident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 7, 2014 at 6:30pm

Emergency crews rush to partial building collapse at church in Northeast KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Crews were responding to an emergency situation, reported as a partial building collapse, at Independence Ave. and Benton Blvd. Thursday morning at about 10:45.

Initially there were reports that first responders were preparing for injuries, but after arriving and evaluating, Kansas City, Mo., police tweeted that everyone was out and there were no injuries.

The building is used by Rios De Aqu Diva, a church. There were children attending either a daycare or a Vacation Bible School at the time the structure started crumbling.

They have been placed in buses, away from the building. Parents are asked to contact Herminio Leal at 816-309-0938 to inquire about their children. The pick-up point for parents to respond is Independence Ave. and Gladstone Blvd.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 7, 2014 at 5:39pm

3 of a Family Die as Three-storey Building Collapses

Published: 07th August 2014 08:55 AM

KOCHI: Three persons belonging to a family died after a three-storey building collapsed on Pipeline Road, Kunnathery Junction, near Aluva on Wednesday night.

The deceased are Shajahan alias Shaji, 48, his wife Saifuneesa, 34, and their daughter Ayesha, 13.

Ayesha’s brother Sabir had a miraculous escape as he jumped out of the building when it collapsed. Sabir has been admitted to the nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Ayesha was rescued from the debris but she succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital. The bodies of Shaji and Saifuneesa were later recovered by rescuers from the debris.

The incident occurred around 8.45 pm when the ground floor of the house sank after the basement caved into the ground. The rescue operations were led by the Fire and Rescue Services department with the help of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). The 10-year-old building had been renovated only three months ago.

According to the Fire and Rescue Services officials, the rescue operation was hampered by the heavy downpour lashing the area. However, the rescue operations resumed after a short while. The building structure tilted towards the road. Rescuers reached the spot within 15 minutes and started the operations.

The building owner Shaji was staying on the top floor while the first and ground floor have been rented out. A workshop and a flour mill were operating there. The migrant labourers who were staying inside the workshop had a narrow escape as the building collapsed.

Sources said that the building collapsed as the foundation was weak.

Meanwhile, District Collector M G Rajamanickam told  mediapersons that the NDRF and the Fire and Rescue Services personnel were involved in the rescue operations.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 2, 2014 at 7:54am 


last updated on August 01, 2014 at 11:03 pm

New Delhi: Four persons were killed on Friday when a wall of an under construction building collapsed in Hari Nagar area in West Delhi, the fire department said.According to a fire service official, a call was received at 7:20 pm regarding the collapse of wall of the under construction building."A team of fire officials were rushed to the spot and four bodies of labourers, who were working there, was recovered from the debris of the wall of the under construction building," said the official.The incident took place in L-block area of Hari Nagar when the labourers were working at the site, he said.Delhi Police has also confirmed that four persons, aged between 25 and 35, have died in the incident."The identities of the deceased have not been established yet and further investigation regarding the owner of the said building is going on," said a senior police official adding that the bodies have been sent to hospital for postmortem.PTI

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 26, 2014 at 8:10pm

Vadodara: Three family members killed in building collapse

Jul 26, 2014 11:52 IST

Vadodara: Three members of a family, including a woman, were killed and another injured when a dilapidated building collapsed in Vadodara this morning following heavy rains. The family was residing in the three-storeyed building in Dandiya Bara locality which caved in after heavy rains last night.

Vinod Rao, District Collector, said, "It was an old building in dilapidated condition. The injured (an elderly woman) has been shifted to the SSG Hospital for treatment while the debris has been removed."

"Despite a notice being issued for repairing the building, no steps were taken to either repair it or shift the residents to another site," he said.

Representational image. Agencies

Representational image of an earlier building collapse in Mumbai. PTI

H J Tapariya, Chief Fire Officer, Vadodara Municipal Corporation, said the deceased were identified as V Vaidya (50), his wife Shweta (46) and their son Kunal (21). V Vaidya's mother, aged 82, was injured.

Meanwhile, as many as 710 people staying in low-lying areas here were shifted to safer places after heavy rain lashed the city, said K S Menat, Deputy Municipal Commissioner.

Vadodara recorded about 131 mm rainfall in just four hours last night, flooding low-lying areas, he said.

Meanwhile, efforts were continuing to trace the two persons, Suresh Rathodiya and Bharat Rathodiya, who were swept away in swollen Dhadhar River at Sokhda Raghu village in the district on Thursday, Menat said.

Comment by Mark on July 24, 2014 at 10:27am

Nigeria Also Questions the Quality of its Cement While Trying to Explain the Huge Number of Building Collapses They Are Experiencing

The ongoing war on cement grade followed the spate of building collapse. It is no longer news that several buildings have collapsed across the country killings hundreds of people and destroying property worth billions. The bulk of these ugly incidents have occurred in Lagos. Port Harcourt, Abuja, Owerri and recently Onitsha have also had their own incidents. 

    Today, there are few states in the federation that have not witnessed disastrous building collapses. No one knows where and when the next building would collapse and who would be the unfortunate victims. But it is emerging that most of the collapsed buildings are the newer structures; the older buildings are stable and unaffected.

    Initially, it was thought that the buildings collapsed due to heavy rain and flooding (most of the buildings caved in during the rainy season). But the trend shows that this is not true. Buildings have collapsed during the dry season. Besides, the bulk of the collapsed buildings were those under construction, which point to the materials being used or other engineering issues. What started as one off incident has assumed frightening dimension and threatening the entire building industry. It is an indication that something is wrong somewhere.

    Faced with such enigmatic and embarrassing situation, there was need to investigate the root of the problem. Government cannot fold its arms while innocent people are sent to their early graves. Although, cement is not the only material used in building construction, stakeholders in the building industry pointed accusing fingers at the cement quality manufactured in Nigeria.  The coalition of civil society groups and professional bodies in the building industry raised the alarm and alleged that cement is the culprit behind the spate of building collapse. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 23, 2014 at 11:00pm

Portion of New Underwood Road in Meade County collapses

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:34 am

RAPID CITY, S.D. - A big section of a rural Meade County road has collapsed. Over the weekend, a stretch of New Underwood Road fell away. It is 15 miles north of Interstate 90, the major north-south connector between I-90 and Highway 34.

New Underwood Road is the only asphalt connection between the northern part of South Dakota and Interstate 90 between Phillip and Sturgis. It is a well-traveled route to the oil fields and sees a lot of reservation traffic. The road was built in 1990. Engineers suspect the shale under the road expanded with all the spring moisture and is now contracting as it dries out.

Ken McGirr, Meade County Highway Superintendent says, "What I see is an unbudgeted expense. At this point, we have no idea what this will cost us, what the cure is. Our engineers are going to work on it. We may need to just flat move the road over to the west away from this."

McGirr says 700 to 800 cars pass on this road every day. In the next couple of days, he will close New Underwood road to all but local traffic. It will be strictly enforced. And he expects it to stay closed through the winter.

Fixing the sink hole is now Meade County's main priority. McGirr guesses it will cost well over $1 million to fix.

Comment by Mark on July 23, 2014 at 5:10pm

Nigeria Struggles to Explain Building Collapses: blame given to 'Quacks' as not a single person has been found at fault in 130 investigations


A group, Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), has blamed quacks or use of wrong professionals for virtually all the buildings that have collapsed in the country.

The blame was made by a civil engineer, Friday Chukwu, at a press conference organised by the BCPG at the secretariat of Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State.

While noting that building collapse has become a recurring decimal in Nigeria, Chukwu pointed out that in Lagos alone, more than 140 building collapse incidences have been reported over the past seven years, saying that is an average of 20 reported incidences per year.

According to him, “The causes of building collapse range from design lapses to poor construction practices through inadequate quality of construction materials to even wrong use of the facility, among other factors.

“As we all know, the best design in the world is worthless if it is not faithfully implemented at the site. We find that everyone who holds a trowel and a spirit level in his hands, for instance, is automatically called ‘engineer’ at site.

“The issue of premature loading must also be mentioned. Sometimes on our sites, contractors or developers or owners are in such a hurry that newly cast concrete is often not allowed to cure sufficiently and attain reasonable strength before being loaded.

“The BCPG came on board, having identified the above issues with individual and collective determination to fight the menace of building collapse.

‘Thee BCPG is a coalition of professionals from the seven built environment professions with the common objective to identify, inform, act against building collapse in Nigeria as well as push for use of professionals and the stamping out of quacks in the built environment sector.

“The panel of inquiry instituted by the Lagos State Government on building collapse last disclosed in their report that in over 130 building collapse cases investigated, no professional was indicted in any of the collapse incidences.

“This means that quacks or use of wrong professionals has been responsible for these collapses and they have been denting our image,” Chukwu said.

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