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 May 11, 2015 at 4:41am

Wall collapse in eastern China kills 10 workers

BEIJING (AP) — Ten workers were killed after a retaining wall under construction suddenly collapsed in the eastern province of Shandong, authorities said Sunday.

Six people were killed on the spot, and four others died in the hospital, according to a statement posted on the Lanling municipal government's website. Three others were in stable condition.

Police were investigating the collapse that took place Saturday on the ground of a local transportation company, the statement said.

Work safety incidents are common in China, where regulations and procedures are routinely ignored.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 11, 2015 at 4:30am

Update: CSFD Stops Gas Leak Caused by Collapsed Retaining Wall

CSFD says a retaining wall that fell on one of the Phil Long car Dealerships Sunday afternoon was somewhere around 45,000 lbs. It happened around 1:00 p.m. off Motor City Drive. CSFD responded to a call of someone smelling natural gas and a retaining wall collapse.

UPDATE: 6:16 p.m.

CSFD says a retaining wall that fell on one of the Phil Long car Dealerships Sunday afternoon was somewhere around 45,000 lbs.

It happened around 1:00 p.m. off Motor City Drive.

CSFD responded to a call of someone smelling natural gas and a retaining wall collapse.

The wall's collapse actually hit a gas line, causing an active gas leak. 
Crews were able to get to the meter and shut it down.

Colorado Springs Utilities came out to make sure there were no more gas leaks.

Monday a structural engineer will evaluate the building and determine when they can re-open for business.


The Colorado Springs fire department is on scene where a retaining wall is collapsing.

HAZMAT was called out leaking gas due to the collapse. They stopped the leak and say no more gas is leaking at this time.

The collapse happened at 1338 Motor City Drive in Colorado Springs. The road is closed in the area.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 5, 2015 at 8:24pm

Residents of Chinese city baffled as ground mysteriously opens up and large sections of asphalt crumble into the crevasse

  • Remarkable pictures show the moment a road collapsed in Chinese city
  • Large sections of road and traffic lights sank, causing travel disruptions
  • Burst water mains then flooded the surrounding area, adding to the chaos
  • Officials have now promised to investigate how and why it collapsed

Residents of the Chinese city of Guangzhou have been left baffled after the ground mysteriously opened up yesterday, collapsing large sections of road and causing traffic chaos.

Remarkable pictures taken at the scene of the subsidence in southern China show several sections of road having collapsed into the ground.

The incident caused no casualties, but traffic lights, a pedestrian crossing and large swathes of asphalt all crumbled, while burst water pipes flooded over the sections of road left above ground level, according to The People's Daily Online.

Officials and residents were left scratching their heads as to why the road suddenly collapsed

A large section of road sunk into the ground when the land subsidence occurred yesterday

Crowds quickly gathered to look at the chaotic scene (left) as a traffic light was left hanging precariously (right)

Qi Huaien, deputy mayor of Baiyun District, said experts had been called in to identify the cause of the collapse.

There were suspicions cavities under the road had given way due to the recent heavy rainfall.

Large crowds gathered to look at the hole that opened up in the road, while nearby workers shouted at them to stand back.

Not only was the road damaged in the collapse but the burst water pipes added to the problems, as the holes grew larger as time went by and by 4pm, new pits were appearing.

There were two construction sites nearby - one for the construction of a local footbridge and the other for the construction of a new metro station.

However, the metro station site had not yet started digging so it was unlikely to have anything to do with the road collapse.

Workers from the footbridge construction site told reporters that their work was also unrelated to the collapse, with one unnamed worker telling the deputy mayor they had not worked at all the past few days.

Mr Qi told reporters he had called in experts to identify the cause of the road collapse, but the immediate priority was for it to be repaired.

An official from the Baiyun District Construction Department, Mr Liu, told reporters that once the local flooding had cleared they would work to identify the cause and then repair the damaged road.

Mr Liu added that surveyors had been working on site but the chances that it would affect the safety of nearby buildings was low.

An unnamed expert on the scene said: 'The nearby buildings have good foundations so they are unlikely to be affected. However, the buildings without foundations may see some problems.'

Many fascinating Getty images in link

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 3, 2015 at 1:35am

Two workers survive 30-foot fall in Midtown building collapse

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Demolition workers almost lost their lives Friday when a three-story building in Midtown partially collapsed – with them standing on top of it.

The former apartment building is located on West Pine near Vandeventer. It was being torn down just after 11 a.m. when the front wall and part of the roof came crashing down below. Two men were atop the roof, trying to salvage bricks.

One man ended up buried under bricks on the first floor. The other man was buried in the basement.

And it not for a lot of help and plenty of luck, the story might have had a very different ending.

Remarkably, neither man was seriously injured. They were both able to walk away from the scene of the collapse under their own power.

City building inspectors and representatives from OSHA each visited the site Friday morning.

Workers are speculating the weight of the bricks was too much for the front wall because it had too many large windows, which some believe were added to the house decades after it had been built.

Bellon Wrecking, the company contracted to do the demolition, had no comment on the incident.

Workers were taken to an area hospital and are being treated for their injuries.  The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 1, 2015 at 6:37pm

1 person trapped in collapse at Watergate parking garage

WASHINGTON — Three floors of a parking garage at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., collapsed on Friday, reportedly trapping at least one person, local authorities and media reported.

The structure suffered a “pancake collapse,” according to a Twitter posting from Washington fire fighters. The complex, made famous by the 1972 political scandal chronicled in the book and movie “All the President’s Men,” is undergoing renovations.

Oscar Mendez, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and EMS Department, said authorities received reports of one person trapped.

Mendez said units were dispatched around 10 a.m. to the complex, located several blocks from the U.S. State Department. The city’s fire department said the road near the complex had been closed.

Two local news outlets reported one person had been injured.

Representatives for the Watergate could not be immediately reached for comment.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 28, 2015 at 8:11pm

North Philly Building Collapses While Under Construction


Crews rushed to a North Philly street Tuesday after a building, which was under construction, crumbled to the ground.

Police said the front of the structure on north 18th Street near Page Street gave way just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

City workers had reportedly been working at the site to convert the property for use as student housing for the university.

Police said an adjacent building was evacuated after it also was damaged by the collapse.

Utility crews were sent to the scene due to downed power lines.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 28, 2015 at 7:19am
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 28, 2015 at 1:12am

Over 50 workers trapped in Saudi building collapse

Posted at 04/28/2015 3:44 AM | Updated as of 04/28/2015 3:48 AM

The collapse of a convention center being built northwest of the Saudi capital left more than 50 workers trapped under rubble on Monday, official media said.

The collapse "happened at noon and resulted in more than 50 workers being trapped", the Saudi Press Agency said, adding that four wounded were recovered from the building site for Qassim University.

Bandar al-Roshodi, the university spokesman, told Saudi television news channel Al-Ekhbariya that the workers were mostly from Pakistan.

"Until now we are searching," he later told AFP.

The trapped workers were of "different nationalities," Roshodi said. Asked about the chances of more survivors, he said: "We have hope, God willing."

Pictures from the scene showed a sprawling but low-level construction site, where many steel support rods had collapsed along with other parts of the structure.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on April 21, 2015 at 7:03am

Hundreds of staff at Royal Courts of Justice and London School of Economics evacuated again as building being demolished collapses injuring a 56-year-old workman
Six-storey structure collapsed this afternoon in Holborn, central London
Site is just yards from where cable fire caused chaos earlier this month
 Injury: Police said a 56-year-old man was being treated for injuries this afternoon following the disaster

Hundreds of staff at the Royal Courts of Justice and London School of Economics were evacuated again today after a building due to be demolished collapsed 'like a pancake' injuring a 56-year-old workman.

Workers underneath the six-storey structure fled for their lives after the fifth, fourth and third floors crashed down on to the rest of the building - sending a huge cloud of dust into the air.

The terrifying incident is just yards from where an underground cable fire ripped through Holborn on April 1 bringing parts of central London to a standstill and costing local firms £40million.

Two incidents in a matter of weeks: A map shows where the building collapsed today - not far from the underground cable fire that tore through Holborn on April 1 costing local firms an estimated £40million

Workmen have been on site for around five months and demolition was in progress when the collapse occurred.

Mr Kennedy added: 'There a stretch around 15 to 20m that's collapsed. We've been here since December, the building was seven floors and we've gone down three.

'There's some heavy machinery on the higher floors, we use a machine called a muncher that chews through the walls, it's like a big claw, that may have fallen down.

'There's been a lot of building work around here but this is far enough away I would be surprised if that had anything to do it.'

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 17, 2015 at 8:51am

2 killed, 12 injured in Chile nightclub building collapse
SANTIAGO: Two people were killed and 12 injured during a concert at a nightclub in downtown Santiago after the building collapsed, authorities said early on Friday.

Seven of the injured had life-threatening injuries, according to a spokesman for the national emergency office ONEMI. They were taken to health centers for treatment.

Initial evidence suggests that the collapse was caused by the building’s capacity being exceeded, according to police.

“It is an authorized club,” Police Chief Hugo Insulza told reporters.

“What happened was that more people were in the club than should have been present,” and part of the building structure collapsed, he added, insisting that no stampede took place.

More than 200 people were taken off the premises by security forces.

“There was a crush of people. Even after the venue reached its full capacity, people kept pushing to get in. That led to the collapse of a containment fence that fell on people inside,” an ONEMI official said.

The club’s administrator was placed under arrest pending an investigation.

A punk concert was taking place at the venue, and an unspecified British band was participating, local media reported.

April 17, 2015

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