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 June 18, 2013 at 7:04am

At least 19 dead after monsoon flooding in northern India


Floods and landslides have killed at least 19 people and destroyed buildings after heavy rain in North India.

Fifteen people died in Uttarakhand state. Another four lost their lives in Himachal Pradesh, officials say.

Footage showed a three-storey apartment building being washed away in the town of Uttarkashi. Reports said at least three people died - more are missing.

Another 40 people are unaccounted for in Uttarakhand. Casualty figures are expected to rise.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 17, 2013 at 4:43am

Three women killed in wall collapse

Monday, Jun 17, 2013, 2:02 IST

Two sisters among victims; they were passing by an under-construction building near Dandekar Bridge

Rescue work in progress at Dandekar bridge
Rescue work in progress at Dandekar bridge - Aniruddha Rajandekar/DNA


Three women, including two sisters, died after the compound wall of an under-construction building collapsed on Sunday night. The incident took place outside Suvarnanand Park building at Mangirbaba Chowk near Dandekar Bridge.

The deceased were identified as Sharada Majhire (45, resident of S No 129, Dattawadi), Meera Shirish Athale (56, resident of Narayan Peth) and Madhavi Pangarkar (58, resident of Bibvewadi).

Pangarkar and Athale were sisters and were returning home after meeting their 86-year-old mother in Dattawadi. Majhire was going for night duty to Bhide Hospital off Shastri Road, where she works as a helper.

Shirish Athale, husband of Meera, called up on his wife’s cellphone number as she was late reaching home. He was shocked when the call was received by a constable at Dattawadi police station, who informed him about the accident. Athale said he had advised his wife and sister-in-law against visiting their mother as it was raining heavily. 

Ram Majhire (26), son of Sharada, said his mother was going for the night shift at Bhide Hospital. She was walking near the wall when it suddenly collapsed. He said the same wall had collapsed a few days ago and was constructed again.

After the incident, the fire brigade rushed to the spot. Senior police officials including joint commissioner of police Sanjeevkumar Singhal, deputy commissioner of police (zone II) Ramnath Pokale, police inspector (crime) Rajendra Savant and senior police inspector Satish Govekar also rushed to the spot.

Santosh Patole, a local resident said that while he was standing along with a few friends chatting outside Suvarnanand Park at 8 pm, he suddenly heard a loud crashing noise. “We rushed in the direction of the noise and saw that the big compound wall had collapsed.”

Patole and his friends called up the fire brigade. The local residents rushed to the spot and tried to remove the debris. The fire brigade crew arrived at the spot and brought out the three women from the debris. They were rushed to the hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival. Additional CP (south region) Chandrashekhar Daithankar said the incident took place at 8 pm. When these three women were walking on the footpath outside the Suvarnanand Park building, the 25-feet high compound wall suddenly collapsed. He said, “We have recovered bodies of three women.”

When asked about the action against AV Mulay and Associates, builders and engineers, Daithankar said, “We will inquire into this incident in detail and take action accordingly.”

Comment by Tracie Crespo on June 15, 2013 at 5:58pm

33 Injured in Deck Collapse at Miami Restaurant        
    updated      6/14/2013 10:46:21 PM ET     2013-06-15T02:46:21

  Thirty-three people were injured, two of them seriously, after  the deck of a popular waterfront restaurant overlooking Biscayne  Bay collapsed in North Bay Village Thursday night, authorities  said.

  About 100 people were on the deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill at  at the time, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Dave Downey said. Many  of them were watching the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

  Restaurant patrons were sent tumbling into shallow water in  Biscayne Bay. One man said the water covered his head. He said  his first instinct was to save himself and then others.

VIDEO:  Watch video of the     aftermath of the collapse.

  On Friday, officials said they believed everyone had been  accounted for. They said of the 33 people injured, 24 were  transported to the hospital and two of them were in serious  condition.

  Divers will not be going into the water because it is not a safe  structure, a source told NBC 6. The deck was not a floating  structure, and it was supported by the seawall, the source said.

  Authorities received a 911 call at about 9:45 p.m. about the  collapse at Shuckers, a popular local hangout at 1819 79th St.  Causeway. Part of the establishment is on land.

“It’s very unfortunate what has happened," North Bay Village  Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps said of the collapse.

2 Dead, 1 Critical in Platform Collapse at Port  Everglades

  Anthony Herrera said he and his mother walked into Shuckers just  beforehand.

“We walk in, we take a few steps in, my mom’s looking around for  a hostess, and you just hear crunch, crunch – curiosity – and  then bam, pillar coming down, pillar pillar, and people  screaming, people yelling, pieces of wood hitting the water,"      Herrera recounted. "Before I could really see anything, like  I said, my mom grabbed me, and we ran back home, because we live  right there down the street.”

Downey said 24 victims were transported from the scene, with two  of them seriously injured. About 50 units from various agencies  were tending to the victims, he said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 15, 2013 at 2:08am

Floor, Ceiling Collapse in Wallingford Building

Recent rain is likely to blame for the damage

The floor and ceiling at a building on South Orchard Street in Wallingford both collapsed early Friday morning.

That building housed three businesses. The owner, Andrew Carbutti, believes recent rain compromised the structure.
"It's a disaster," Carbutti said. "Something we would have never suspected would have happened."
Luckily no one was working inside when the collapse occurred. Desks, chairs, office supplies and computers were all piled up on the floor.
Carbutti said the problem likely started in the roof.
"We had an inkling that we had some wetness on our drop ceilings from last Friday's storms but it was obviously more than that," he said.
The building was home to an appraisal company and a senior services center. They will have to be relocated. To complicate matters further there was a gas leak in the building. Crews had to dig up the road to shut it off.

Comment by ann s. on June 13, 2013 at 4:53pm

An unfortunate turn of events in Philadelphia, especially considering the fatal building collapse was almost certainly not his fault.

Looks like the Establishment has found a scapegoat, IMO.

Philadelphia Building Inspector Commits Suicide

PHILADELPHIA—An inspector who surveyed a downtown building weeks before it collapsed and killed six people was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound a week after the accident, authorities said Thursday.

The 52-year-old man's body was found Wednesday night in a pickup truck with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Philadelphia police. Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said the man was a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee who had inspected the building May 14.

Department employees were being informed of the death Thursday morning, and the man's name wasn't immediately being released....

Investigators say a heavy-equipment operator with a lengthy criminal record was high on marijuana when a building under demolition collapsed onto a neighboring thrift store on June 5. The operator, Sean Benschop, faces six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of risking a catastrophe. His attorney has said he was being made a scapegoat.

The city's top prosecutor has convened a grand jury to investigate whether anyone else should face criminal charges.

A demolition permit indicates that contractor Griffin Campbell was being paid $10,000 for the job. Mr. Campbell's lawyer has called him despondent but "absolutely not responsible" for the deaths. On Thursday, he released a statement expressing condolences to the inspector and the families....

Comment by Kris H on June 10, 2013 at 6:34pm
Comment by ann s. on June 5, 2013 at 10:18pm

The mainstream media cannot trot out the usual excuses for the unexplained building collapse in Philadelphia on 6/5/13:

1.  Shoddy construction does not apply;

2.  Illegal construction does not apply;

3.  Illegal demolition or lack of permit does not apply;

4.  No existing violations;

5.  No middle-aged exercise class ongoing (that was the explanation for a building in Seoul shaking for 10 minutes in July 2011);

6.  Wind and/or rain do not apply;

7.  No use of a truck or heavy equipment to blame (yet).

Don't demolition companies work hard to ensure buildings do not collapse in an uncontrolled manner?

Comment by Wayne wilson on June 5, 2013 at 6:37pm

Downtown Philadelphia building collapses; people trapped

 Philadelphia building collapse: Emergency personnel respond to a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia.
AP Photo: Jacqueline Larma. Emergency personnel respond to a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia.
AP                         5 min ago                            By Associated Press                     


A building in downtown Philadelphia collapsed Wednesday morning and rescue efforts are underway to find people trapped inside.

PHILADELPHIA — A four-story building being demolished collapsed Wednesday on the edge of downtown, and the fire commissioner said as many as eight to 10 people were believed trapped in the rubble.

Dozens of paramedics and fire crews were on the scene working to find those trapped, city Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. At least five people were taken to hospitals, officials said.

The collapse involved a four-story building that once housed a first-floor sandwich shop. It collapsed, sending tons of debris onto a Salvation Army corner thrift store next door. The two are adjacent to an adult bookstore and theater that had been taken down earlier.

Witnesses said they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before the collapse.

Veronica Haynes was on the fifth floor of an apartment building across the street.

"I was standing there looking out my window, watching the men at work on the building, and the next thing I know I heard something go kaboom," she said. "Then you saw the whole side of the wall fall down ... onto the other building."

Bill Roam, a 54-year-old construction worker who has been working on a remodeling project at a nearby site for several days, heard the collapse and ran over. He said the dust was so thick that it was hard to see, adding that he was concerned in recent days by the way the building was being demolished.

High school student Jordan McLaughlan said he saw several people on the ground being given oxygen by rescuers after the collapse.

"It was hard to breathe, there was a lot of dust everywhere," McLaughlan said.

Rescuers were using buckets and their bare hands to move bricks and rubble to search for anyone who might be trapped.

The accident happened around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday on the western edge of downtown, between the city's business district and its main train station.

Comment by Gary A Schilling on May 24, 2013 at 5:27am

I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapses; people, vehicles in water
Posted: 7:23 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013


The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon collapsed Thursday evening, dumping vehicles and people into the water shortly after 7 p.m.

At least one person was pulled from the water, but State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis said it was not clear how many were in the water or the extent the injuries. Photos showed one man sitting on the top of his red car waiting to be rescued.

“We heard the terrible noise and thought, ‘What in the world was that?’” said Rita Miller, who works at the Riverbend RV Park. She said there “were only two people alive that we could see.”

Miller described what she said looked like a travel trailer sticking up from the water “but there’s no truck or anything that you can see that would have been hauling it.”

Miller said a Navy rescue team was on the site with a helicopter with dozens of first responders.

Francis did not know what caused the collapse. A sheriff's office rescue boat has arrived and rescue crews were looking for people in the water. Crowds of people lined the river to watch the scene unfold, and drivers were told to stay away.

The four-lane north and southbound bridge, built in 1955, was used by 70,000 vehicles daily, according to 2010 statistics. This story will be updated when more information is available.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 15, 2013 at 8:44pm

Updated: 8:02 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | Posted: 8:02 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rwanda building collapse kills 6, injures 30

KAMPALA, Uganda —

Six people were killed and dozens more injured when a four-story building under construction collapsed in eastern Rwanda, police said Wednesday as the rescue effort ended.

Christophe Semuhungu, the police spokesman for Rwanda's Eastern Province, said rescue workers from the police and the military had found no more bodies after combing through the rubble of the building in the eastern Rwanda district of Nyagatare.

He said at least 30 workers were injured in the Tuesday afternoon incident. Most were being treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital, he said, but some were in critical condition. He said the construction site employed about 45 workers but some were not on duty when the building fell.

In a statement police had earlier described the building collapse as "an unfolding tragedy." It remained unclear what caused the collapse.

In recent years building collapses have become frequent in East and Central African countries as some property developers bypass regulations to cut costs. In March, a building collapsed in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, killing at least 30 people.



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