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 April 4, 2015 at 5:40am

Apr 03, 2015 9:30 AM EDTUpdated: Apr 03, 2015 10:15 AM EDT

Madison County Highway Shut Down Due To Roadway Collapse

A Madison County highway is shut down due to a roadway collapse.

Officials say US-25 (Lexington Road) is shut down in both directions south of Clay Lane.

Crews have set up a detour. Motorists should follow signage to either I-75 or Colonel Road.

Officials say the road will remain shut down until further notice.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 3, 2015 at 5:31am

Durban road collapses

2, Apr 2015 | 5:05 PM 
Durban: A road collapsed at the Corner of Essenwood Road and St Thomas road, Durban, Arrive Alive said on Thursday.

No vehicle was in the road at the time of the collapse. According to Arrive Alive this is the same intersection where a vehicle previously fell into a hole. The road has been sealed off and officials are attending to the scene. 

Arrive Alive Operations Director Garrith Jamieson has cautioned motorists to avoid the area
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 3, 2015 at 4:07am

Texas Digest: Deadly structure collapse in North Texas

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 30, 2015 at 6:51am

5 Dead, Several Injured as A Portion of an Under Construction Building Collapses in Tamil Nadu

Updated: March 29, 2015 18:33 IST

5 Dead, Several Injured as A Portion of an Under Construction Building Collapses in Tamil Nadu

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The injured, mostly migrant labourers, are being treated at a local government hospital.

TIRUVARUR, TAMIL NADU:  At least Five persons were killed and 16 injured when a portion of an under construction guest house of the Central University collapsed in Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu, early today morning.

Superintendent of Police Jayachandran said, "the portico portion of the under construction structure crashed. We are investigating." The toll could increase as several of the injured were in a serious condition, the police said.

The injured, who are mostly migrant labourers, have been rushed to Thanjavur government hospital.

Police and fire service personnel were searching whether more persons were trapped in the debris. A team of doctors had been rushed to the spot to give treatment and first aid, police said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 25, 2015 at 4:56pm

One dead, eight injured in road construction site collapse

Published : 2015-03-25 20:48
Updated : 2015-03-25 21:34


ne construction worker was killed and eight others were severely injured after a scaffolding collapsed at a road construction site in Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday, authorities said.

The construction site in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, which collapsed on Wednesday (Yonhap)

A sole plate fell from a height of 10 meters at 5:20 p.m. when workers were pouring a concrete slab to build a road in Yongin, 49 kilometers south of Seoul, burying 16 under the rumble, officials said.

All of them were rescued from the site within an hour, but the incident left one dead and eight others seriously injured. Seven others suffered minor injuries, they said.

"At the time of arrival here, seven had already escaped (from the rubble), while nine others remained trapped underneath," Seo Seok-kwon, the chief of Yongin Fire Station, said in a briefing.

"The dead victim's lower body was buried under the concrete mix."

Police said they will continue to search the site and summon officials from Lotte Engineering & Construction, a local builder in charge of the site, to figure out what may have caused the incident.

The construction of the road began in late 2012 and was supposed to be completed by the end of this year, according to officials. (Yonhap)

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 25, 2015 at 4:47pm

3 injured as five-storey building collapses in Russia

CIHAN  | MOSCOW25.03.2015 16:47:07
At least three people were injured and many people become homeless when one of its corners of five-storey building collapsed in the late hours in Tumen city located in Uralic region of Russia. 

According to the information, which was given by Russian Emergency Ministry that they were conducting an investigation to find the reason of the incident, soon later 53 residents of the building were taken to the nearby hotels and three injured were taken to the hospitals. 

Tumen Governor Vladimir Yakushev has ordered the authorities that the necessary support to be given at the help desk, which has been set soon after the incident, for those who survived after the incident. 

According to the local resident, they heard a big noise when the collapse occurred. 
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 17, 2015 at 4:23am

TxDOT monitoring crumbling concrete beneath Highway 82 bridge

Posted: Mar 16, 2015 7:26 PM EDT

FANNIN COUNTY -- The recent rainfall may be good for the environment but in one Texoma city, the soggy weather helped cause some expensive damage.

"It's frightening really," driver Chantel Richardson said.

Rain in recent days, and over the years, is being blamed for the collapse of concrete under the Highway 82 bridge in Bonham.

A TxDOT spokesperson says it appears water seeped into the ground through cracks in the road, washing away and weakening the soil which eventually caused the rip-rap to buckle.

"Now we're having issues with it. They've been out there working on it," Jonell Smith said.

Smith works at Fantasy Tanning right next to the bridge.

"It's kind of scary," she said. "I figured they would close it off though. I don't think people should be going across it right now."

Smith says she began noticing the collapse on Friday, the same day TxDOT says it was notified about the damage. A spokesperson says engineers and a bridge inspector have determined travel on Highways 82 & 78 is safe. But the westbound u-turn lane is closed off. 

"It looks awful in my opinion," Richardson said. "People passing by there trying to get back on the other side of 82 and having to just go all the way around. It's awful."

Moving forward, TxDOT says it will monitor the structure daily and will soon begin the search for a contractor to fix the problem for good.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 12, 2015 at 4:23pm

Bangladesh building collapse kills five, dozens feared trapped.


Five workers were confirmed dead and dozens more are feared trapped after the roof of a half-built cement factory collapsed in southern Bangladesh on Thursday, police and rescuers said.

At least six people are in a critical condition after the accident at a building site in the port city of Mongla, local police chief Jahedur Rahman told AFP.

It was unclear how many people were trapped, with Rahman saying no more than 10 people remained unaccounted for, while fire service director Sheikh Mizanur Rahman said up to 40 people might still be under the rubble.

Poor building construction and safety practices have killed many Bangladeshi workers

"We could see some bodies," the fire chief told AFP. "We have to dig carefully as there is a chance some people may still be alive."

The police chief said the cement factory was owned by Sena Kalyan Sangstha, a company run by the Bangladesh Army. The building contractor was a Chinese firm called China National Building Material (CNBM).

Buildings frequently collapse in Bangladesh owing largely to widespread use of shoddy building materials and a failure to abide by proper engineering and construction rules.

In April 2013 a nine-storey garment factory complex collapsed just outside the capital Dhaka leaving at least 1,138 people dead.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 6, 2015 at 7:07pm


VIDEO: Building collapse in Kensington
Thursday, March 05, 2015 04:19PM
The roof of a building collapsed in Philadelphia's Kensington section Thursday afternoon.

The collapse was reported just after 2:00 on Turner Street, just off of Hancock Street.

The roof of the old five-story industrial building gave way, collapsing onto the floor below and spilling bricks and other debris down onto the street.

Executive Fire Chief Clifford Gilliam says firefighters removed one person from the third floor, but no one was injured.

The building is owned by a community development corporation in Kensington, and it was being used as offices and art studios. It was also being renovated.

The Department of Licenses & Inspections will work to determine the cause of the collapse.

It's believed that the snow and ice may have played some role, although the ongoing construction may have also been a factor.

Collapse at apartment building in Kensington

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 6, 2015 at 4:40am

Collapsed scaffolding in Sydney's south stabilised as crews try to confirm there are no casualties

Updated 13 minutes ago

Fie crews search the rubble under a collapsed scaffold

A section of scaffolding and wall that collapsed in Sydney's south has been secured by NSW Fire and Rescue, as crews try to confirm whether anyone has been trapped underneath.

Four storeys of scaffolding collapsed on a row of parked cars during demolition works on a building at Bexley North shortly after 8:00am, and fire crews received reports of one person trapped.

A crane has been used to stabilise the wreckage and firefighters are continuing to search the rubble.

"A passer-by stated that they believe someone was trapped under the rubble," Superintendent Tom Cooper said.

"Fire crews are on site at the moment and they're going through the rubble by hand to try to ascertain whether there's anyone that's trapped."

The wall brought down powerlines and crushed three vehicles next to a petrol station on Frederick Street.

One lane of Forest Road has reopened and there is heavy traffic in the area.

Motorists are being advised to check for updates and allow extra travel time.

Fallen scaffolding on top of cars

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