http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/world/asia/bangladesh-building-collapse.html?hp&_r=0

 

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.... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/world/asia/bangladesh-building-co...

 

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.

http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/551123/100-year-old-bu...

 

 

 

LAKE ELSINORE: Water leak causes street collapse

 

 

 

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, July 22, 2011

By GENE GHIOTTO
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

 

http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_spipe23.38e27e6...

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.

http://brandon.patch.com/articles/windhorst-parsons-roadway-collaps...

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.

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20110720/NEWS01/307200099/Se...

Road collapse might have killed Colorado family

(2011-07-20)

(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.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/news.newsmain/article/1/0/183...

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.

http://www.cnkeyword.info/yunnan-road-test-the-opening-day-collapse...

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

http://www.allvoices.com/news/9730810-details-emerge-in-deadly-road...

 

 

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 2, 2013 at 10:09pm

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Building+collapses+Albania+scra...

Building collapses in Albania, scrap metal collector feared dead

 
 

TIRANA, Albania - Police in Albania say an abandoned power company building has collapsed in the capital, trapping a 32-year-old man who was collecting scrap metal.

The incident occurred Tuesday, and it was not immediately clear whether the man had survived the collapse of the three-story building in Tirana. Rescuers were looking through the rubble for signs of life and police were alerted by members of the missing man's family.

Scrap metal collection, often in dangerous condition, is widespread in Albania, where many of the 2.8-million population live in poverty.

Comment by KM on March 29, 2013 at 2:08pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21973907

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam building collapse 'traps dozens'

the collapsed building Some people in the rubble have reportedly been calling for help

At least three people have been killed and dozens more are trapped after a multi-storey building collapsed in the centre of the main Tanzanian city, Dar es Salaam, rescue workers say.

Thirteen people have been pulled out of the ruins alive, officials say.

Some 45 people, including construction workers, residents and children from a Koranic school, are missing.

The BBC's Hassan Mhelela says the 12-floor building under construction is now a "huge pile of chaos".

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"I thought there was an earthquake and then I heard screaming. The whole building fell on itself," eyewitness Musa Mohamed told the AFP news agency.

Our reporter says a huge crane is pulling out a mass of iron bars to get access to the centre of the building, where some people are thought to be still alive.

Trapped victims are said to have been making phone calls to friends and relatives.

Bulldozers are also being used to move the rubble, our reporter says.

He says there are large crowds of onlookers, as well as rescue workers and armed police officers at the scene.

The collapsed building was near a mosque, as well as other residential and commercial properties in central Dar es Salaam.

Comment by KM on March 24, 2013 at 12:24am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-21913058

Sheffield city centre building collapse prompts rescues

The scene in Sheffield Police and fire crews attended the scene in Brook Hill

Four people have been rescued after a three-storey building collapsed in Sheffield city centre.

The mid-terrace building, in Brook Hill, came down at about 14:30 GMT.

South Yorkshire Fire Service confirmed that after the four were rescued, no-one else was found in the rubble.

"A middle section of a row of shops, with flats above, has completely collapsed," a spokesman said. No-one is thought to have suffered any serious injuries.

There was no explosion or fire at the scene, the fire service said.

Empty restaurant destroyed

"We had crews on scene very quickly and they were faced with a huge hole in the middle of the three-storey terraced building," said incident commander Stuart Nicholson.

"The first and second floors had collapsed onto the ground floor."

A man and a woman, understood to have been living in one of the flats, were taken to Northern General Hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The other two casualties did not need hospital treatment; fire service believes they are workmen who were working on the property at the time of the collapse.

A ground floor restaurant that was destroyed in the collapse was no longer in use.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 19, 2013 at 8:36pm

http://newindianexpress.com/cities/bangalore/article1507745.ece

Building collapses, BBMP blamed

19th March 2013 08:19 AM

A two-storey building in Okalipuram collapsed on Monday when Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities were carrying out repair on a storm water drain adjacent to it. However, no casualties were reported.

According to sources, the BBMP authorities were repairing a drain with the help of an excavator on Monday morning, when a major crack developed on the walls of the building. Immediately, the occupants of the building ran out to safety. At around 10 am, area councillor T Mallesh visited the spot when the building came down.

Srinivas, owner of the building, told Express that the renovated building had been leased out to three families. “We got a call in the morning. Our tenants noticed that the building was shaking in the night. They moved out with a few utensils and clothes,” he said.

Saraswathi, a tenant said, “We noticed cracks on the walls and thought it was due to an earthquake. We rushed outside and stayed in our neighbour’s house.”

About seven months ago, a building in the vicinity had collapsed. Owner of the building, Swamy Kannan, blamed it on the BBMP authorities who were repairing a storm water drain close by. “The repair works made the foundation of our building weak. We lodged a complaint with police and brought it to the notice of the BBMP officers. But nothing changed,” he said.

Officials allege encroachment

BBMP chief engineer (storm water drain ) H C Ananthaswamy said that it could be a case of encroachment. “This storm water drain was constructed 50 years ago. The walls of the drain were weak and we were reconstructing it. We had issued notices to the surrounding houses. They did not vacate,” he said.

He added that in many parts of the city, people had constructed houses next to storm water drains by encroaching on them.

However, Srinivas, owner of the house, said, “I used to stay at Swatantrapalya. But the Corporation wanted to construct a public toilet and I was told to vacate. Later, the Corporation allotted this land (to me) in 1973 and I have all the documents.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 13, 2013 at 5:00pm

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=306287

Tel Aviv building collapses, likely due to old age

03/13/2013 16:18
Resident of three-story building says he felt shock wave as structure crumbled; police don't believe anyone trapped inside.
 
                A three-story building in central Tel Aviv partially collapsed on Wednesday afternoon, with an entire half of the building lying in rubble in the courtyard below.
By late-afternoon IDF search and rescue teams were on the scene with trained dogs searching for survivors, but police said they don't believe that anyone is trapped inside the rubble.
Tel Aviv police added that they believe the collapse occurred because the preserved building was over 60 years old, and was not the result of a gas explosion as had been previously reported.
Guy Dallal, who lives in the building with his wife, says he was at home when the collapse happened, in his apartment on the other side of the building. He said he felt a shock wave of some sort and left the building, without injury.
Another resident, Sigal, was in her apartment and said she felt the building shaking, at which point she left the building, shortly before her apartment collapsed.
A bulldozer was on the scene around 4pm, working to take down the rest of the building while residents gave testimony to tax authorities.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 10, 2013 at 6:39pm

http://www.wtov9.com/news/news/local/building-east-liverpool-collap...

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Building in East Liverpool Collapses

Dresden Avenue was blocked off this evening after the top four stories of building collapsed around 5 p.m.


Most of the damage was on the inside of the building. The top four floors collapsed but some of the  front-wall bricks were still lying on the sidewalk as well. 

East Liverpool Assistant Chief Jeffrey Kreefer said that people were in the two businesses located next door, but the collapse did not affect either of those buildings, and no injuries were reported. 

The street will be blocked off the remainder of this evening, as well as tomorrow. 

The cause was most likely due to old age and poor maintenance. 

The city will order an emergency  demo

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 6, 2013 at 4:57am

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Restaurant crushed by falling wall

Restaurant crushed by falling wall

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 12:39 PM

Part of a building that houses a Central Business District restaurant collapsed early Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the New Orleans Fire Department said. According to the spokesman, the four-story building, which houses Singha Thai Cafe at 413 Carondelet Street, collapsed about 2:10 a.m. Tuesday.

The New Orleans Fire Department responded to the collapse and said there were no injuries reported. The cause of the collapse is still unknown, the spokesman said, adding that there was no fire underway at the time.

The investigation has been turned over to the city buildings inspector, the spokesman said.

Calls made to the restaurant or its owner were not immediately answered. Check back with NOLA.com for updates on this story.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 6, 2013 at 4:42am

http://www.adnkronos.com/IGN/Aki/English/Security/Italy-Apartment-b...

Italy: Apartment building collapses near Naples seafront

last update: March 04, 14:24

Naples, 4 March (AKI) - Part of a three-storey apartment block collapsed on Monday in the southern coastal city of Naples, damaging a parked bus and a police car but there were no initial reports of casualties.

Creaking sounds were reportedly heard shortly before the period building's collapse and those inside at the time apparently managed to flee.

"I saw the building come down and there wasn't much time to escape. I was in the street at the time and saw about 10 people rushing outside, screaming," a local resident was quoted as saying.

"The fire brigade was shouting 'get out, get out'," said another resident in the downtown Riviera di Chiaia district near the seafront, where the apartment building is located.

Rescue teams were reported to be combing through the rubble as a precaution and a 37-year-old woman who was showering in her apartment at the time of the collapse was taken to hospital in her bathrobe in a state of shock.

The bus had no passengers inside when the building collapsed and the police car was also empty at the time.

Nearby schools were evacuated in Riviera di Chiaia and the area was reported to be without water after the building's collapse.

Local officials were reported to be surveying the building, where residents had repeatedly reported leaking water dripping from walls and ceilings and cracks that had appeared on walls on the first and top floors.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 18, 2013 at 6:19pm

http://www.nst.com.my/latest/1-killed-in-building-collapse-in-egypt...

CAIRO: Egypt’s official news agency says a residential building has collapsed in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, killing one person and injuring four.

 

MENA said Sunday that the building was in the densely populated Moharam Bey neighborhood and that it likely collapsed because of the construction of an apartment building next door.  
 
It is the second deadly building collapse in Alexandria in as many months. At least 25 people were killed on Jan. 16 when an eight-story apartment building collapsed.  
 
Violations of building specifications are rampant in Egypt and are blamed for the frequent collapse of buildings

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/02/17/one-dead-few-injured-in-bu...

A three-storey building collapsed in Alexandria early on Sunday leading to one dead and four injured.

The building, located west of Alexandria in Moharram Bek, collapsed at dawn.

The Civil Defence Forces managed to recover a body from under the rubble, while four people were injured in the collapse.

Alexandria Governor Mohamed Abbas Atta has announced the end of the rescue operations and added that families of the dead will receive EGP 10,000 and the injured EGP 5,000.

He added that a restoration order was issued for the collapsed building but it was not implemented, reported state-owned news agency MENA.

Minister of Defence Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi ordered ambulances, fire engines and search and rescue groups to the place of the accident.

Prime Minister Hesham Qandil contacted Governor Abbas Atta and demanded an urgent report on the reasons for the collapse, state television reported.

Qandil also inquired about the inspection campaign he had ordered earlier to assess the status of different buildings and remove ramshackle structures.

This follows a series of illegal buildings collapsing in Alexandria; in July 2012 a building collapsed in Gomrok claiming 20 lives, while in the same week a mother and her two daughters died under the rubble of their home in.... In January another building collapsed in Maamoura leaving 24 dead and eight injured.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 11, 2013 at 6:45pm

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/junagadh-2-killed-6-hurt-in...

Junagadh: 2 killed, 6 hurt in building collapse

Express news service

Posted: Feb 11, 2013 at 0425 hrs IST
Ahmedabad Two labourers died and six others were injured when a portion of a nine-storey newly constructed building collapsed on Sunday morning in Junagadh city. The incident took place in Rayjinagar area of the city around 5.30 am when the labourers were sleeping in the basement parking of Monarch 2 apartments.

According to emergency services officials, the bodies were stuck almost 20 feet under the debris and that other six workers were rescued after a two-hour long operation. All workers belong to Bihar.

One of the injured reportedly told police that they did not feel any vibration or movement before a wing of the building came crashing down.

Municipal commissioner Dilip Rana has assured proper medical aid to the injured. “The building is still under construction and only labourers had occupied it,” he said, adding that all the injured are “out of danger”.

Emphasising that the role of the builder would be investigated, Rana said building material samples have been sent for testing.

Builder Vipul Kotecha, meanwhile, claimed that all the safety measures were followed in the construction and that he smelt a conspiracy in the incident. “Out of four wings, only one collapsed. This doesn’t happen due to poor construction or faulty planning. Had the construction been of bad quality, all the wings would have collapsed. We have reported this to the mayor and we want senior PWD (Public Works Department) officials to probe the case,” he said.

While PWD and Mahanagaparplika officials, who visited the spot, are expected to probe the incident, the local police have filed a case of accidental death and investigations are on.

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