NEW DELHI — An eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories collapsed on Wednesday morning, killing at least 70 people, injuring hundreds of others, and leaving an unknown number of people trapped in the rubble, according to Bangladeshi officials and media outlets....


So much happening under our feet.  Daily collapses of roadways due to the severe bow stretch, severe rains, crunching and land subduction all predicted in Zetatalk and all happening now.  Last week in Utah a fatal road collapse killed a 14 year old girl and injured 2.  It's painful to watch the planet crumble but we all knew it was coming.

Buildings collapsing.........a daily happening too.  With responses about what's causing all these happenings ranging from, rain, human error, poorly constructed, yada yada.....BUT, that's not going to fly with people much longer.  As soon as Planet X peers out at us from the sky, people will remember all the things that have happened up to this point and finally somehow, they will connect the dots.  Some will be in extreme denial, others will be so afraid and look for someone to take care of them, and still others will stand up and be counted and prepare as best we could.  There's no wishing this away, there's only pushing forward to a better tomorrow.  While our infrastructure crumbles around us we need to learn to be more careful, tread softly, kiss your kids, love with all your heart.  We are IN IT NOW.

I live in a house built in 1850 and it isn't falling down.  Age does not mean collapse. 

100-year-old building partially collapses in Malone

By: Rachael Paradis

A building in Malone that has been standing for more than a century will no longer be a sight in the town. The building on Route 11, well known to many in the community, collapsed overnight. While no one was injured, our Rachael Paradis tells us why the town is in a rush to tear it down.



MALONE, N.Y. -- Neighbors in Malone stood in surprise, took pictures and even shared stories of a once popular tavern that started to crumble early Monday morning.

County Legislator Billy Jones said, "It's an old structure, it was a structure that was obviously unsafe."

The tavern/hotel was built in the early 1900'. It has been closed to the public for about 15 years and was condemned six months ago.

Franklin County Emergency Services Director Rick Provost, "We're unsure what occurred last night at 3 a.m. What we do know is this building has been on our list of buildings with issues."

Jones said, "Old things fall down."

Police closed off part off Route 11 to traffic and to people, out of concern the rest of the building could fall down. Some in the community voiced concern over why this building, along with others like it in the area that haven't already been demolished. Officials say it comes down to money.

Provost said, "The high cost of abatement for these buildings really makes it tough for the county or the village to take those burdens on."

Jones, "We just have to come up with a plan to start taking some of these building down so we don't run into this problem going forward."

The demolition is only expected to take hours, but cleaning up the area is a different issue. Officials say it could be weeks before the site is completely cleared.




LAKE ELSINORE: Water leak causes street collapse




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

The Press-Enterprise

Temporary repairs to a section of Joy Street in Lake Elsinore are in place today after a 1-inch water line gave way, causing 80 feet of the roadway to collapse and the asphalt to buckle.

The leak, caused by a 6 to 8-inch diameter tree root, was reported late Thursday in a line that leads to several duplexes on Joy between Machado Street and Riverside Drive, and behind Machado Elementary School.

Water service was restored to the 34 customers early Friday morning, said Greg Morrison, spokesman for the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.

Water district and contractor crews spent much of Friday removing the damaged asphalt on the southbound side of Joy and laying down a temporary patch. The road was opened in both directions by late afternoon.

"That way the road will be open completely for the entire weekend," Morrison said.

Crews will return Monday and trench from curb to curb to permanently repair the 1-inch line.

On Tuesday, a paving company will remove the patch, put down new base and repave one side of Joy, Morrison said. Work on the other side will take place on Wednesday.

"That way on Tuesday and Wednesday we'll be able to keep on

Windhorst, Parsons Roadway Collapse: Cautious Testing Continues

County workers are testing for sinkholes but the work is proceeding methodically because of utility lines at the intersection, according to a Hillsborough County spokesman.

Several lanes at the intersection of Windhorst Road and Parsons Avenue in Brandon remained closed for the indefinite future as county workers tread carefully in determining what caused a section of the roadway to collapse July 19.

“We have to be really careful at that intersection because there are lots of utility lines in the area,” said Hillsborough County spokesman Patrick Murray. "We have a sewer line and a water line there and we have to make sure there are no other utilities, so we have to be careful drilling.”

At the scene, late afternoon July 22, barricades were seen at the intersection, with drilling under way.

Crew workers first believed a 16-inch sewage pipeline beneath the intersection might have caused the collapse of the 6-foot-square section of roadway on July 19, according to a county report.

But the sewer line was dug up and found to be intact.  Now the county is testing the intersection for sinkholes — but carefully, as Murray noted.  

Additional detours and lane closures are possible as crews dig up the line for inspection and any necessary repairs.

Motorists who must travel through the intersection are warned to expect delays.

Sewer collapse closes part of Lexington Road



At least one eastbound lane of Road near Etley Avenue and Cave Hill Cemetery will be closed during Thursday morning’s rush hour after a 48-inch brick sewer collapsed Wednesday evening.

Crews noticed a depression in the road before discovering the sewer had collapsed, and the area will be excavated Thursday morning, said Metropolitan Sewer District Executive   Bud Schardein.

He said it was too early to tell what caused the collapse, but age was a likely factor. That part of the sewer was built in the 1880s and could have been weakened from an unusually wet spring.

“With all the wet weather we’ve had this past spring, that has a tendency to undermine the mortar,” Schardein said.

Road collapse might have killed Colorado family


(wpr) - Engineers say a large section of Wyoming highway where four Colorado family members plunged to their deaths might have totally collapsed in a matter of minutes.

It had been raining for hours Monday night when local authorities warned the Constantinides family, among others, about potential flood conditions near North Brush Creek Campground around midnight.

Not long afterward, the family's van drove into a washed-out portion of Wyoming highway 130 and was swept about 75 yards down Brush Creek. Laurel Constantindies and her three daughters died.

The husband and father, Alex Constantindies, who had grown up in Laramie, survived and escape the vehicle. He and a passerby later rescued Carbon County Emergency management Coordinator John Ziegler, whose car washed out while he was trying to assist in flood protection efforts.

Ziegler said he was "very fortunate" to have survived.

Bruce Burrows of the Wyoming Transportation Department says engineers are studying what happened to the roadway early Tuesday morning. He says preliminary assessments indicate the creek swollen with rain and snowmelt may have undermined the roadway over some hours and then gouged a 25-foot-wide, 9-foot-deep hole in a matter of minutes.

Yunnan road test the opening day collapse resulting in four deaths and injuries

8, Yunnan

8, Yunnan” in the history of the most short-lived highway “a serious collapse destroyed sections of the site. After investigation, the highway there in time duration and other issues. Xinhua News Agency reporters Chen Hai and Ning She

Recently, Yunnan Province, Internet users post, said the new Xinping county secondary road test three estuary opening day collapse occurs, resulting in 2 dead 2 injured. Internet users have questioned this “the most short-lived highway” Why just fix it collapsed, was “too much rain” or “bad way”?

After the incident, Yunnan Provincial Department and the Transportation Department were dispatched to investigate a group of experts, the group that really belongs to all “natural disasters caused by heavy rainfall.”

collapse of the vehicle crash on

recently, Internet users “pass,” said Post, June 27, Xinping County of Yuxi City, three city secondary road test the opening of the estuary collapse occurred the next day, resulting in a vehicle passing through here turn under the cliff, killing two people died inside the car and two others injured, highway interrupted. For the cause of the accident, the local government is a single point of heavy rain caused by a natural disaster.

7 8, correspondent along the new road to the scene three, the road there are construction workers on the highway guardrail, drainage and other construction, from time to time some sections of earth and rock rolled down from the hills.

close to the scene of the accident, the construction set up roadblocks on the road side. In the new three road K25 +450 to K26 +480 road, the reporter saw a total of three road damage, including two collapsed, a surface crack. Road accident at the hillside, two-way four-lane have collapsed, a lot of rocks, soil and concrete was rushed into the street of the valley.

“red water collapsed roadbed”

Zhang Xinping County Department of Transportation Secretary BU has introduced three new roads through villages and towns in Xinping County 8 19 village committees, with a total mileage of 90 kilometers . Road along the fragile geology, disasters, floods and geological disasters have been more serious.

accidents mainly due to heavy rains led to a single point of soft roadbed, road ditches and culverts to be above the blockage, and finally the formation of water as a waterfall of impact, resulting in collapse of highway roadbed.

Bu there are rules that highway design, construction and supervision units are selected strictly in accordance with the bidding system, procedural compliance and found no serious design flaws, quality of construction or supervision of omissions.

collapse occurred Sections of the construction unit project manager Jiangzu Long introduction, the unit will subcontract work to the successful construction services company, the project head of engineering equipment and materials, and is responsible for management and technical guidance, service company only the labor force, which is not labor sub-subcontract, the state permitted by law.

he said, in strict accordance with design drawings for construction, engineering, quality is no problem, Lu Jisong soft infiltration and erosion is mainly caused by the floods.

no quality problems, experts say

afterwards, Yunnan Provincial Department and the Transportation Department were sent experts to the scene. The Group believes that: section of the incident transverse slope steep terrain, poor geological conditions, heavy rainfall increased the hydrostatic pressure, the formation of collapse, is a heavy rainfall-induced natural disasters.

Yunnan Provincial Communications Department who participated in the survey, experts say, from the survey of the situation, roadbed, retaining wall strength and so meet the requirements and found no quality problems.

subsidy investigation in time duration for the fight

accused of the most short-lived road not approved the first building, not the acceptance that the opening test

Reporter learned that the investigation, three new road opened in October 2009 to build, and design in May 2010 before the Provincial Communications Department has been approved, there is “not approved prior to construction” and “time duration” issue. Not hand over the road in case of acceptance of test traffic violations, and plans to be held on 30 June the opening ceremony, canceled after the accident.

construction personnel, three new road along the geological environment is complex, time is short, heavy task in building a post, Xinping shouted “make a big quick-drying 60 days,” the slogan of the progress of the projects Forced , post workers overtime work.

what makes engineering so catch it? Reporters learned that, in addition to travel to meet the requirements of the masses, more important reason is that for national road toll for the abolition of two grants. According to the policy, the new secondary roads shall be June 30 this year, opened to traffic, or can not enjoy the state’s two highway toll abolition of subsidies.

Details Emerge in Deadly Road Collapse

Cheyenne : WY : USA | Jul 20, 2011
Engineers say a large section of Wyoming highway where four Colorado family members plunged to their deaths may have totally collapsed in a matter of minutes. Bruce Burrows of the Wyoming Transportation Department says engineers are studying what happened to state Route 130 over South Brush Creek... FULL ARTICLE AT KSAZ



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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 7, 2013 at 11:11pm

Balcony Collapses On Italian Religious Procession Killing Three

May 6, 2013 5:40 PM GMT

Three people were killed and 14 injured on Sunday, after a balcony collapsed onto a religious procession in Portici near Naples in southern Italy.

Two women aged 67 and 65 as well as a 65-year-old man died instantly when they were crushed by heavy masonry from the first floor balcony of a 300-year-old building.

Around 40,000 people gathered in the town to watch the annual procession in honour of its patron saint, St Ciro.

The balcony, which overlooked the main street in the seaside town was crammed with people and collapsed because of the sheer weight of numbers.

Moments before it crumbled, witnesses said they heard a loud rumble.

TV footage showed crumbling plaster work on the building and a sheet flapping in the wind, attached to the balcony rail which had remained on the main structure of the building.

One witness said: "There were scenes of sheer panic - people were scrambling all over the place.

"At first a rumour went round that there had been a shooting and people had been killed and injured which sent everyone scrambling for cover.

"It took the police to arrive and announce there had been no shooting to calm things down.''

Another told Italian TV: "I heard a loud bang, then a rumble, looked around and saw the balcony had collapsed, there was debris everywhere.

"There were also people balancing on the edge where the balcony had been and one of these fell to the ground. It was a woman and there was a child as well.''

Police later named the three people killed as Maria Vela, 67, Concetta Evangelista, 65, and Aniello Scognamiglio, 65, who were all local while two of the nine injured were said to be in a serious condition.

Police chief Pasquale Manzo told Sky News: "'This is a tragic event - it has shattered what should have been a happy and joyous event.

"A balcony on one of the many splendid buildings we have here in Portici simply collapsed."
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 4, 2013 at 4:49am

Posted: Fri 6:35 PM, May 03, 2013

Historic buildings collapse, forcing Bonham businesses to close

BONHAM, TX -- Two historic buildings in Bonham collapsed over night, causing some business closures and the relocation of an annual city festival. Morgan Downing brings us more from Bonham.

The north side of Bonham's downtown square is completely empty. The building collapse has closed five businesses and so far engineers believe it's the wind that caused this.

Caution tape ropes off the entire block of East Fifth Street in downtown Bonham. Structural engineers walked from building to building Friday, surveying the damage.

"Our concern is to get those down without, with doing the minimal amount of damage to any other buildings. But, only getting the things down immediately that we need to get down to to make it safe," city manager Bill Shipp said.

Two buildings collapsed. One was vacant, the other was occupied by Razor's Edge Barber Shop. Barber Johni Warren says he first moved into this building about ten years ago, then five years ago moved right next door.

"So, either way the building fell in, it would've got me either way," Warren said.

High winds continued to knock down pieces of the wall Friday afternoon, worrying residents.

"I have wondered, and wondered, and wondered what is wrong. You know, why aren't they making sure that these buildings are safe?" resident Rena Hale said.

City manager Bill Shipp says right now, the city only inspects buildings when new tenants move in. But after this collapse, they may re-evaluate the process.

"Well, we're going to look at our procedures because some of these buildings have been unoccupied for some period of time. And if you have a building that's unoccupied that's a possible hazard, that needs to be looked at," he said. "So, we're going to look at our procedures and look at doing inspections on some of these buildings that have not been occupied for something."

Warren says he's just glad no one was hurt.

"I'll put another shop together rather quickly, but some of the memorabilia and things is gone forever. Don't cry over spilt milk. I almost did last night, but I didn't. And so, we'll trudge along," he said.

Bonham's annual Heritage Day celebration was set to kick off Saturday morning in downtown. It still starts at 8 a.m., but it will be at the corner of Highway 121 and 56 at the Trade Day's location.

Comment by Kris H on April 28, 2013 at 3:16pm
Explosion/collapse in Reims, France.
Comment by KM on April 26, 2013 at 8:39pm

50 more survivors found amid Bangladesh building rubble

By Tom Watkins and Farid Ahmed, CNN
updated 2:30 PM EDT, Fri April 26, 2013
Rescue workers look for trapped garment workers at the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, April 26. Authorities fear that many others remain trapped in the ruins of the building, which housed garment factories and shops, the national news agency reported. Rescue workers look for trapped garment workers at the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, April 26. Authorities fear that many others remain trapped in the ruins of the building, which housed garment factories and shops, the national news agency reported.

Savar, Bangladesh (CNN) -- Rescuers tunneling Friday into the rubble of the eight-story building that collapsed Wednesday discovered another 50 people trapped on what remained of its third floor, an official said.

Bangladesh Fire Service Deputy Director Maj. Mizamur Rahman said rescuers were hoping to free them within a few hours. As the effort was under way, they dropped food and bottled water to those who called out.

Also Friday, a woman who gave birth under the debris was rescued, along with her infant, a fire service official said, according to the state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). Earlier, the agency had reported two women had given birth; it did not explain the change.

The news of survival and new life came as the 72-hour deadline to change the operation from rescue to recovery approached, even as hundreds more people were feared still trapped amid the rubble.

Comment by KM on April 24, 2013 at 3:00pm

Bangladesh Dhaka building collapse leaves 80 dead

The army is helping with the rescue operation on the outskirts of Dhaka

At least 80 people have been killed and many more are feared trapped after an eight-storey building collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, government officials say.

Frantic efforts are under way to rescue those beneath the debris. Hundreds of people were injured by the collapse.

The army is helping with the rescue operation in the Savar area.

Building collapses are common in Bangladesh where many multi-storey blocks are built in violation of rules.

The eight-storey building contained a clothing factory, a bank and several other shops. It collapsed during the morning rush hour.

Many people have gathered near the scene looking for friends and relatives.

Dhaka resident Tahsin Mahmoo described the scene as a looking like a "war zone" to the BBC, adding that appeals had been put out for citizens to donate blood.

Bangladeshi garment workers assist a survivor onto a length of textile to be used as an evacuation slide Lengths of textile were used to help some survivors out of the building

Rescue workers are using concrete cutters and cranes to dig through the rubble, the BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan in Dhaka reports.

"Already we've rescued three to four hundred people... Now we are cutting through the concrete walls and trying to get inside with the help of sniffer dogs," fire brigade chief Ali Ahmed Khan told the BBC Bengali service.

Many onlookers also joined the rescue effort using their bare hands.

Police told local media that the rear of the building had suddenly started to collapse on Wednesday morning, and within a short time the whole structure - except the main pillar and parts of the front wall - had caved-in, triggering panic.

An eyewitness described the moment of the building's collapse: "It became completely dark on this side. There was a lot of dust from the collapsing debris, so we ran downstairs. When we came out we saw the whole building collapsed."

Only the ground floor of the Rana Plaza in Sava remained intact after the collapse, officials said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 16, 2013 at 6:29am
Nigeria: Four Die, Three Injured in Osun Building Collapse
By Gbenga Olarinoye, 15 April 2013
Osogbo — No fewer than four people were, weekend, feared dead, while three others were injured when a dilapidated building collapsed at Moboreje area of Ikirun, headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State.

According to sources, the collapsed building located close to a private secondary school and mosque was said to be in a bad condition until it eventually collapsed.

The sources added that the residents were relaxing in front of the building in the evening when the house suddenly collapsed.

It was further gathered that only the occupants who had gone to the mosque for the evening prayers escaped the unfortunate incident.

Efforts by residents of the area to rescue the victims did not yield any positive result.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 14, 2013 at 5:42pm

Building collapse kills 2 in Guizhou

Updated: 2013-04-14 00:16



GUIYANG - At least two people were killed and three others injured in a building collapse in southwest China's Guizhou province on Saturday, local authorities said.

The accident occurred around 6 pm in a brewery in Renhuai city, sources with the municipal government said.

An initial investigation showed that the collapse was caused by the landslide of foundation, on which a workshop is being built.

Rescue work remains ongoing by 11 pm as more people are feared of being trapped.

A further investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 13, 2013 at 7:02pm

Abandoned building near Jamaica Ave. in Queens collapses

The collapse sent bricks flying in all directions and badly damaged a vehicle that was parked nearby. The cause is still being investigated and the search is on for an victims, though it's believed no one was inside at the time.

Bricks from the collapsed building fell onto a nearby parked vehicle.

An abandoned Queens building collapsed Friday evening, sending a storm of bricks raining onto the street below.

FDNY officials said no one was injured when the roof of the 79th St. building near Jamaica Ave. sank into the second story about 6:30 p.m. But a blue Dodge Odyssey was pancaked by falling bricks.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 11, 2013 at 7:46pm

4 workers injured after two houses collapse in Treme

Two houses collapse in Treme

Two historic houses in the Treme neighborhood, which were in the process of being raised, collapsed within minutes on Wednesday morning, injuring several construction workers inside, a statement from the New Orleans Fire Department said. Emergency responders arrived about 11:45 a.m. to a report of injured workers and quickly called for NOFD backup once they arrived at the scene in the 1300 block of Governor Nicholls street and found two houses collapsed into a pile of rubble, authorities said.

Firefighters first searched underneath the structures to ensure that no one had been trapped and then, along with EMS responders, worked to transport and treat several construction workers who were inside one the buildings at the time of the collapse. Four workers were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, EMS spokeswoman Susan Robinson said.

NOFD officials said that one of the workers sustained a shoulder injury and another a broken arm but said the nature of the injuries suffered by the other two workers was not immediately known.

The two doubles, which date to 1908, had been vacant since Hurricane Katrina and are owned by Providence Community Housing, a non-profit established after the hurricane to renovate damaged properties provide affordable housing for New Orleans residents.

Two houses collapse in TremeDown in the Treme: Two houses under renovation collapse in the 1300 block of Gov. Nicholls Street in the Treme neighborhood, causing minor injuries to four workmen on Wednesday morning, April 10, 2013.

The houses were part of the organization's offsite rentals for Faubourg Lafitte, of which 47 units have already been completed.  The two homes would have contributed another nine units for low-to-moderate income families, a statement from Providence said. 

The construction company working on the home was PAR Contractors Inc. of New Orleans, a spokeswoman for Providence said.

Andreanecia Morris, vice president of Home-ownership and Community Development for the organization, said that the workers inside of the building heard a loud crack before both structures came crashing down.

"They felt a wind and heard a crack and then tried to get out of there," Morris said. "Both buildings came crashing down almost at once," she said, adding that the building at 1312 and 1314 Gov. Nicholls, came down first. The workers were on the porch of the building on a lunch break when the structure fell, Morris said.

Neighbor Dreka Shantrell, 32, who lives across the street from where the houses used to stand said she was sitting on her front porch when the buildings collapsed.

"Everything fell down all at once. It was so fast and there was so much dust," Shantrell said. "You couldn't see anything at all for a few minutes."

NOFD said in a statement that the incident had been turned over to the City's Department of Code Enforcement.

Terri North, president and CEO of Providence, said members of the Historic District Landmarks Commission were on the scene and condemned the buildings in the aftermath of the collapse.

"We don't know when yet, but the buildings will now be demolished," North said.

"I'm still in shock. We tried our best to preserve them in the best possible way," she said.

Providence previously planned to move 33 historic homes out of the  future site of the Veterans Affairs medical complex in Mid-City and into lots around the city to be rehabbed and sold.

But there were numerous problems with the program Providence was  participating in, a plan run by the city in coordination with Builders  of Hope. The homes sat exposed to the elements for up to six months, and at most a third of them could be salvaged, the group has said.

"PAR Contractors has worked with Providence in the past to restore historic homes without incident," officials at Providence said in a statement.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 11, 2013 at 7:30pm

Building collapses in India; at least 31 killed

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A half-finished building that was being constructed illegally in a suburb of India's financial capital has collapsed, killing 31 people and injuring 59 others, police said Friday.

The building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane caved in at 6:08 p.m. Thursday, police said. Rescue workers with sledgehammers and gasoline-powered saws were struggling to break through the rubble in their search for possible survivors.

"There may be (a) possibility people have been trapped inside right now," the local police commissioner K.P. Raghuvanshi said Friday.

Among the 31 dead, were 11 children, police said.

At least four floors of the building had been completed and were occupied. Workers had finished three more floors and were adding an eighth floor when it collapsed, police inspector Digamber Jangale said. Some of the dead were construction workers staying in the building as they worked on it, Jangale said.

The building did not have the necessary clearances from local authorities, he said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the structure to collapse, but Raghuvanshi said the building structure was weak. Police were searching for the builders to arrest them, he said.

"The inquiry is ongoing. We are all busy with the rescue operation; our priority now is to rescue as many as possible," he said.

Police with rescue dogs were searching the building Friday, which appeared to have buckled and collapsed upon itself. Rescuers and nearby residents stood on the remains of the roof trying to get to the people trapped inside. Residents carried the injured into ambulances and one man carried a small child caked white with dust from the wreckage.

Raghuvanshi said rescue workers had saved 15 people from the wreckage.

Building collapses are common in India as builders try to cut corners by using poor quality materials and multi-storied structures are built with inadequate supervision.

A local resident, who did not give his name, said the site was only meant to hold a smaller structure and said officials turned a blind eye to the problem.

"They made an 8 story building of what was supposed to be a 4 story building. People from the municipality used to visit the building but the builder still continued to add floors," he said.



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