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 July 28, 2012 at 2:45am

Tragedy strikes Uttar Pradesh once again

Uttar Pradesh | Posted on Jul 28, 2012 at 03:01am IST

Six children killed in school roof collapse, probe ordered

Bijnor: Six students were killed and seven injured on Friday when roof of a private school collapsed in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh. A portion of the roof of Ramanand Public High School in Jalilpur village caved in this afternoon when the classes were going on and some students were trapped under the debris, police sources said.

Uttar Pradesh has government ordered an inquiry into the incident. Six students, Deepak Kumar (13), Shani (10), Sunny (12), Shohrat (13), Raghvendra (12) and Hariom (10) were killed in the incident, they said.

Police said that seven students were injured in the accident and were admitted to the hospital. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav while expressing grief over the incident had ordered an inquiry, an official spokesman said.

Six children killed in school roof collapse, probe ordered

The chief minister has directed that proper treatment be provided to the injured students, he said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2012 at 6:18pm

Two killed in building collapse

Rescue work in progress at a construction site of a three-storey building that collapsed at Kirti Nagar furniture market in West Delhi on Tuesday.Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
Rescue work in progress at a construction site of a three-storey building that collapsed at Kirti Nagar furniture market in West Delhi on Tuesday.Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Most of those present in the building were daily labourers,however no confirmation on the total number of people present.

Two persons, including a woman, were killed and three injured when a building collapsed in Kirti Nagar here on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident took place around 12-45 p.m. Construction activity was going on in the building located in the Furniture Market of Kirti Nagar at the time of collapse. Most of those present in the building were daily labourers. There was, however, no confirmation on the total number of people present.

While the identity of the deceased persons could not be ascertained according to the police, those injured have been identified as Sanjiv, Bhola and Bittu – all aged between 18 to 20 years. All three of them are from Patna and live in Raghubir Nagar area of Delhi.

The injured were taken to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in West Delhi where they were provided treatment.

The police said poor construction material could be the reason behind the collapse.

“We were sitting on the other side of the road when all of a sudden we saw the building collapsing and we rushed near to check what was going on,” said an eyewitness.

Honey Singh, who runs a furniture shop in the same area, said construction activity has been going on in the building since the past one month and nobody was residing in it.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2012 at 1:58am

A second building in Alexandria collapses

July 24, 2012

A mother and her two daughters were killed in west Alexandria on Monday when the one story building they were living in collapsed only a week after a building collapse claimed 20 lives in a nearby neighbourhood.

Reports stated that the building located in the El-Amreya district on Seven Up Street was built on a sandy land and collapsed due to a landslide.

Ahmed Essmat, an Alexandrian Journalist, said many buildings in Alexandria are prone to collapse. However, Essmat said, residents who live in buildings on uneven ground, or hazardous dwellings have nowhere to move.

“Recently a building in Sidi Beshr was leaning and people asked the residents to evacuate it, but they refused. They have nowhere to go,” Essmat said.

“There are more than 50 similar cases in Alexandria and the Governor isn’t doing anything about it,” he added.

Hassan Allam,the head of Egypt’s Building Inspectorate, told The Egyptian Gazette two million buildings over the past few years have violated construction regulations across Egypt and 180,000 of them are in Alexandria.

The building collapse last Sunday in the “Gomrok” area of Alexandria a week crashed into three adjacent buildings as it fell, accounting for the extraordinary toll of lives. The building’s owner had been repeatedly warned about its weakness and has since been arrested for negligence in relation to the collapse.

In addition to signs of structural weaknesses in many buildings to explain the fall, several rumours surfaced including a suggestion that the woman and her children were digging for antiquities and roman monuments under their house.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 24, 2012 at 6:06pm

Two dead, three injured in building collapse in Delhi

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 24, 2012 at 5:58pm

Another 5-storey Bessoba building collapsing in Karaganda

Tuesday, 24.07.2012, 14:03

Another 5-storey Bessoba building collapsing in Karaganda

An unfinished multi-storey building in Bessoba residential complex in Karaganda has lurched to one side, Interfax-Kazakhstan reports.

“The building was tilting one one side from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Monday; the crack has reached 18 cm. It will collapse today or tomorrow,” the locals told Interfax-Kazakhstan. A resident of one of the neighboring buildings Sergey Abayev told that the crack had reached 10-12 cm during that day. The building started lurching in the evening and the crack has now reached 18 cm.

“Nobody lives in this building. It’s construction is not completed. This is one of the last buildings constructed in Bessoba,” he said.

Head of Kazybekbiy region of Karaganda Zhanat Iskakov, management of the city’s emergency situations department and representatives of the state architectural-construction control department have arrived to the accident site.

The control markers installed on July 5 have moved apart. That confirms that the crack is widening. “Police officers and personnel of the emergency situations department have cordoned the building off. We have moved the cars away from the parking lots. Another danger in case of the building's collapse is that there is playground located only a few meters away from the building. Our kids play there in the evenings,” the residents of nearby buildings say.

Earlier English reported that the results of investigation of reasons that caused the 5-storey building to collapse in Bessoba residential complex of Karaganda were unveiled on May 15. “Development of unacceptable foundation settlement caused by soil swelling” was tagged the main reason behind the collapse. 5-storey residential building No.7 of Bessoba residential complex, constructed 3 years ago as an equity construction project, collapsed in the morning of April 6.

A criminal case was initiated against the construction companies that erected the building No.7. Besides, a criminal case for abuse of powers was initiated against chairman and members of the state commission that accepted the building in exploitation after its construction.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 24, 2012 at 8:42am

Woman, son die in Lucknow building collapse

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Lucknow, July 24 (IANS) A 54-year-old woman and her son were killed in a building collapse following heavy downpour in the Uttar Pradesh capital, officials said Tuesday.

Rashmi Bala Srivastava and her 24-year-old son Nikhil were trapped for over four hours under the debris of a double-storey house in the Baba Ki Baghhiya area on the Faizabad Road here after it caved in late Monday.

A rescue operation was launched soon after by a team of police and fire department officials.

The mother-son duo was pulled out from the debris with the help of gas cutters and rushed to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Bala and seven other families staying in the old and dilapidated building were fighting a legal battle with the landlord for not carrying out maintenance or repair works in the house for a long time, police said.

The woman, a state government employee, was staying along with her son on the ground floor of the building.

The Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) officials said that as many as 100 building in the state capital have been identified as “dangerously weak.”

Just before the onset of monsoon this year, residents living in weak structures were served eviction notice by the civic body, but like on many earier occasions they chose to ignore it, an LMC official said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 20, 2012 at 4:07am

2 dead, 7 injured in building collapse in E China

Updated: 2012-07-20 06:50



HANGZHOU - Two people were killed and seven others were injured after a three-storey building collapsed at a construction site of a company in East China's Zhejiang province, local authorities said Friday.

Local authorities said earlier the accident occurred at around 8 pm Thursday in Changxing county. Their latest update on the accident revealed that quite a few workers were pouring concrete for the top of the building when the collapse happened.

An investigation is under way into the accident. Those who were injured are not in critical conditions, local authorities said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 19, 2012 at 5:23am

Last update 18/07/2012 09:00:00 AM (GMT+7)
Illegal gold mine collapses, 4 died, 7 injured in central Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – While ten people were illegally seeking gold, the mine collapsed, burying all of them. The incident occurred in Tuong Duong district of the central province of Nghe An on July 17.

Local authorities said that in the morning of July 17, a group of ten local residents sifted for gold in a mine on the bank of a river in Nga My commune. The mine had collapsed in the afternoon of the day, burying all of them.

When local people discovered the accident, they could only rescue seven people, who were heavily injured. They were brought to the Tuong Duong district hospital.

Three others died since they were buried too deep. The dead victims include three men of 40, 22, and 18 years old from Thanh Chuong district, Nghe An province.

Local police said that the mine had collapsed because it was a vault. The local government also said that this is an illegal mining case.

In May 2011, an illegal gold mine collapsed, killing five people, also in Tuong Duong district.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 17, 2012 at 8:43pm

5 killed, 2 injured as church building collapses in Ibadan

• Ajimobi leads rescue mission
Scene of a collapsed building at Sagbe, Ojoo Area of Ibadan, where 5 people lost their lives on Thursday.

Tragedy struck in Sagbe Aba-Alfa Ojoo of Ibadan, Oyo State on Wednesday as the new Covenant Church under construction collapsed, killing five people and injuring two. Among those that died were two women.

Daily Sun gathered, that about seven people were working at the site when the church  collapsedat about  8pm. The victims were said to be waiting for their foreman to pay them for the day, when the rain started.

It was during the rain that the building caved in, killing five. Four of the victims were said to have died on the spot while one was evacuated early yesterday morning. Two other victims of the collapsed church were said to have been trapped by iron rods. But they were rescued by sympathizers.

They were later rushed to Folawiyo Hospital, Moniya  where they were being treated. Those outside the church at the time of the collapse escaped with bruises. The early arrival of the men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State Fire Service and men of the Nigeria Police Force as well as sympathizers combined to rescue those trapped in the debris of the collapsed building.  

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 16, 2012 at 7:21pm

Homes Evacuated After Partial Building Collapse In Bay Ridge

(credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A vacant building in Bay Ridge partially collapsed early Monday morning, forcing the evacuation of two adjacent buildings.

The two-story structure at 552 Ovington Avenue came down around 3:10 a.m., 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.

“I thought I heard thunder, but it wasn’t thunder, something was like falling,” one neighbor said. “A fireman said, ‘You have to get out, we’re going to evacuate the building.’”

No injuries were reported.

About 15 people from neighboring homes were evacuated.



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