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 February 25, 2015 at 9:26pm

Manhattan Building Collapse: People Trapped at NYC West 57th Street – 11 Ave Building

Comment by KM on February 21, 2015 at 9:21am

Towering inferno: Britons among hundreds evacuated as fire rips through one of the world's tallest residential buildings in Dubai

  • Flaming debris is seen falling from the skyscraper in video of the blaze
  • Fire started on 50th floor and spread to at least 15 storeys, reports say
  • The building is 336.1m (1,105 ft) tall and has 79 storeys above ground

Britons have told of their terror as hundreds of residents were evacuated from one of the world's tallest residential buildings after it was engulfed in flames in the early hours of this morning in Dubai.

Pictures and video footage showed a large blaze ripping through multiple floors of the Marina Torch tower, a new tower in the expat-heavy Marina district of the city.

More than a dozen fire trucks were able to extinguish the blaze several hours after the fire alarm went off around 2am local time.

A witness told Reuters flames shot out from two sides of the building as glass and metal rained down from near the summit of the 79-storey skyscraper, which stands more 330 metres tall (1,105 ft).

A massive blaze ripped through multiple storeys of the 79-storey Marina Torch tower in Dubai early Saturday

A massive blaze ripped through multiple storeys of the 79-storey Marina Torch tower in Dubai early Saturday.

One British woman, who was sleeping in her boyfriend's apartment on the 72nd floor when the fire broke out, told MailOnline: 'We just thought it was a false alarm at first, so left it for a couple of minutes as it went off at 2am, then when it didn't stop we realised we needed to go down.

'The lifts weren't working so we had to walk down 72 flights of stairs with everyone, that took about 10 minutes as there were people carrying their children and babies and people who just weren't fit enough to get down the stairs.

'We got to the lobby and there were the firefighters but we couldn't exit at first because there were bits of the outside building falling to the floor at the door which were still on fire.

'Then they ran us out in little groups to across the street. And when we got outside we noticed that one of the corners was on fire and was spreading up the building.

'We were just trying to run as quick as we could.' 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 19, 2015 at 1:07am

Although the title is labelled mudslide I'm posting here to road collapse.

Mudslide closes Highway 6 west of Needles

Highway 6 just west of Needles Ferry Landing has been damaged by mudslide. Single lane traffic is being diverted onto a logging road to bypass the damaged portion. - Tasha Hall
Highway 6 just west of Needles Ferry Landing has been damaged by mudslide. Single lane traffic is being diverted onto a logging road to bypass the damaged portion.
— Image Credit: Tasha Hall

Mild temperatures at this time of year have begun to wreak havoc on local roads. The section of Highway 6 one kilometer from the Needles ferry landing  has been closed by crews, effectively cutting the town of Edgewood off from services in Nakusp.

Tasha Hall, photographer and employee at the lumber yard was able to get closer to the damage by asking if she could get in to take photos and spoke with the Arrow Lakes News this morning.

“We were hearing rumblings from some of the drivers starting yesterday, people said they were flying over it (the uneven section of the road) and getting air.”  According to Hall, who works just a few minutes from the site, drivers can still get on the ferry in either direction. They are alternating single lane traffic on the logging road which parallels the highway- but even that could be a hazard.

“You can see the sloughing away along the logging road. The guys said that they are hoping to keep the logging road open for now” Hall said. She estimates about bout 10 crew members are on site assessing the damage and directing traffic.

“The damage is extensive, the water is running under the road. That much damage happened in the last 10 hours and the road is just broken.”

The cracks are 200 feet long. The damage is extensive and may end up with the highway sliding away completely.

“The Geotech is out there right now and we are still waiting for them to make an assessment. It will be updated on the DriveBC website immediately and it only takes 15 minutess for it all to filter through but we hope to have another update at noon,” said a spokesperson for the YRB during a telephone interview with the Arrow Lakes News.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 18, 2015 at 8:14pm

Panic in Skikda after the collapse of a road

18 February, 2015 01:30:00

Algiers- The inhabitants of Abdelhamid Bouteldja neighborhood in Skikda woke up yesterday morning in great panic after the collapse of a part of the main road along the great Mosque, following torrential rains that fell during the night from Monday to Tuesday.

Residents blocked the road to denounce the dramatic situation caused by the rains on several houses on the road, where the water level has reached more than 1.5 m height, according to residents who said they had to spend the night outside.

These call for a sewerage system and protection against flooding. The Mayor of Skikda tried to calm the protesters by promising to support their claims.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 15, 2015 at 4:11pm

Building under construction collapses in northern India, killing 13 family members

February 15, 2015 06:08 AM

LUCKNOW, India - A building under rushed construction in a northern Indian town collapsed overnight, killing 13 members of a family of weavers who were sleeping on the ground floor, police said Sunday.

Three people escaped unhurt when the partially built structure crashed down in the town of Mughalsarai, about 300 kilometres (186 miles) southeast of Uttar Pradesh's state capital of Lucknow.

"People were buried alive" when the building came down, police Superintendent Chandauli Muniraj said.

Twelve people died at the scene, Muniraj said. Two others were taken to a hospital, but one died there.

Muniraj said the building was being constructed in a hurry. "Within a month, they built two stories," he said. "We will investigate the cause of the collapse."

Hundreds of people gathered to watch bulldozers digging into the broken bricks and debris in search for bodies on Sunday. The victims included the building's owner, Mohammad Kamarrudin, and members of his family, including two children under 8 years old, Muniraj said.

Building collapses are common in India, where high housing demand and lax regulations have encouraged some builders to cut corners, use substandard materials or add unauthorized floors.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 15, 2015 at 5:35am

Updated: High winds bring Manassas building collapse, brush fires in Stafford

manassas building collapse
[Photo: Manassas Volunteer Fire Company]

Update 11:20 p.m.

A total of 14 people were evacuated from nearby apartments in Downtown Manassas near the scene of the partial building collapse on Battle Street.

City spookeswoman Patty Prince said the evacuation was precautionary and that no one was hurt when a portion of a brick building gave way in the face of high winds. No one was injured. 

Original post 

A portion of a building collapsed this evening in Downtown Manassas.

A building on Battle Street, next to the old Washington Post offices, now The Bone restaurant, and near the Sidewalk Café, lost a portion of its roof, according to initial reports.

Winds gusting upward of 4o mph Saturday evening were to the blame for the partial collapse, according to a source. The portion of the building affected was unoccupied and no one was injured, according to a source. 

Manassas fire crews posted that responded to the scene posted photos.

High winds also wreaked havoc on area roads. An SUV traveling in the Hillendale section of Dale City overturned, according to sources. We don’t know if anyone was injured in the crash. 

In Stafford County, high winds caused a transformer to blow darkening a portion of Route 610. A brush fire also broke out in the area of Mount Hope Road and was later extinguished. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 13, 2015 at 2:39am

One killed, two injured in building collapse

Updated: February 13, 2015 05:41 IST  

The shopping complex in Belagavi which collapsed in the early hours of Thursday.— PHOTO: D.B. PATIL
The shopping complex in Belagavi which collapsed in the early hours of Thursday.— PHOTO: D.B. PATIL

One person was killed and two others injured when a nearly 40-year-old commercial complex of the Belagavi City Corporation on Shivaji Road collapsed in the early hours of Thursday.

The deceased has been identified as Vinayak Shivaji Patkar (45). Srikant Sadashiv Kamble and Balu Ningappa Ningoji, who were injured, have been shifted to the district government hospital for treatment.

According to Executive Engineer (Civil-South) of the corporation Laxmi M. Sulagekar, who rushed to the spot with her staff, the building collapsed around 1.45 a.m.

The three were sleeping in a tin-shed restaurant on the first floor of the complex.

Six shops on the ground floor and the restaurant “Mirchi Cola” on the first floor collapsed. The victims were stated to be workers at the restaurant.

There are 21 shops on the ground floor and eight slots of open space have been leased out to private persons. The lease of the ground floor and the first floor expired in 1994 and 2008, respectively. The responsibility of maintenance was on the shop owners during the period of lease. But, the shops continued to operate. The officials could not immediately confirm whether they entered into fresh lease with the show owners. The shops, which were constructed by the corporation, were modified with encroachments on the slab of the rainwater drain, which also collapsed.

The corporation had leased 3,000 sqft open space on the first floor the open space to an individual, who had built a tin-shed roof and other provisions for the restaurant.

Police said all the three persons had escaped with minor injuries after the building collapsed. But Vinayak went inside to take a personal belonging and came under the debris. A case has been registered with the Khade Bazaar Police Station and further investigation taken up.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 9, 2015 at 7:44pm

Historic Casablanca Hotel Lincoln collapses, kills one: reports

One person was killed and two were injured in Casablanca on Monday when part of the city's historic but derelict Hotel Lincoln collapsed, local officials and Moroccan media said.

A 34-year-old man died in the dawn incident at the hotel, which is technically a listed building despite been derelict for two decades. 

The local Economist news site said another two people were injured in the collapse. 

Parts of the Lincoln, of which only part of the original facade remains standing, have been occupied by homeless people.

However, authorities said all those living in the building at the time of the collapse were found “safe and sound”.

Built in 1917 by French architect Hubert Bride, the hotel came to symbolise the Art Deco era that shaped several buildings in the heart of Morocco's economic capital.

Development and property speculation have since reshaped the city and preservationists are increasingly concern about what the fate of the crumbling French colonial facades, neo-Moorish details and Art Deco hotels.

The president of a local conservation group, Rachid al-Andaloussi, told AFP there were plans to save the hotel but that the issue “needs to be made a priority.”

This month, a Casablanca court jailed seven people for two to five years for their role in the deaths of 23 residents when three apartment blocks in the city collapsed in July 2014.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 5, 2015 at 8:08pm

Two dead, three injured after building collapses in Kakamega By Jackline Inyanji and Wilkister Alao Updated Thursday, February 5th 2015 at 12:11 GMT +3
Kenya: Two people on Wednesday died and three others were injured after a building under construction collapsed in Milimani Estate in Kakamega. Over 20 workers who were at the construction site next to Kakamega State Lodge escaped with injuries when a building adjacent to the site collapsed on Wednesday afternoon.
The workers are said to have been constructing a hotel when disaster struck. The owner of the plot, a businessman based in Nairobi, was not present during the accident.
An eye witness, Richard Ouma said 23 people were working at the construction site before a slab which had been demolished to pave way for the new building collapsed and injured five people who were digging the foundation. “Two people have been confirmed dead, three are in critical condition and have been rushed to Kakamega General Hospital,” Ouma said. See also: Police look for 'abortion doctor' accused of murder Kakamega Central OCPD Richard Ngetich confirmed the incident and said investigations were ongoing to establish the exact course of the accident. "We are still carrying out investigations to establish the cause of the collapse before we issue a report," Ngetich said. Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya sent condolences to the families of the bereaved and cautioned those found building without necessary county approvals saying action will be taken against them. "We have immediately launched investigations into the incident. But first the police should arrest the owner of the building for failing to ensure safety of the workers," Oparanya said. He was accompanied by County Executive in charge of Housing Suleiman Sumba.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 4, 2015 at 8:09am

 8 hurt from Taguig building collapse

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

MANILA -- Eight people were hurt after the upper ground floor of a high-end condominium building in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City collapsed on Wednesday morning.

Taguig City Police chief Art Asis said a portion of The Suites, which gave in around 8:20 a.m., is currently under construction.

The incident caused minor injuries to eight construction workers who were immediately brought to St. Luke's Medical Center Global City for treatment.

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