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 18, 2013 at 6:19pm

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Junagadh: 2 killed, 6 hurt in building collapse

Express news service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 11, 2013 at 6:41pm

Former Meineke Building Collapse, Branford, Connecticut

Sunday Feb 10 2013

The former Meineke building, located at 845 West Main Street, suffered a total collapse Sunday afternoon. the building was vacant, and no one was hurt, according to the Branford Fire Department.

Comment by Howard on February 10, 2013 at 12:35am

Dam Collapse Destroys Xinjiang Village (Feb 2)

One person was killed and 20 hospitalized after a Xinjiang village was inundated with freezing water Saturday.

The Lianfeng reservoir outside Urumqi began to lose water around 6am February 2 when a retaining wall collapsed, sending as much as 100,000 cubic meters of water into the nearby Kaziwan village.

Surface water quickly froze as temperatures hovered around -15 C Saturday. A 65-year-old villager apparently drowned and 20 residents were treated for possible lower-leg frostbite after standing in the freezing water before being rescued, Xinhua reported.

"Many of the 20 injured, aged from 4 months to 78, were treated for frozen feet and ankles," a director surnamed Liu from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University told the Global Times.

Authorities say they are still investigating the cause of the accident. The dam had been declared "dangerous" last year, with a reinforcement project having been begun late last summer.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 6, 2013 at 6:04am

2 hurt as building caves in near Damoria bridge

Wed Feb 06 2013, 00:57 hrs

A building near Damoria bridge collapsed on Tuesday morning due to dust storms and rainfall.

The building belonged to Jagdish Lal, 56, who had a small shop of auto spare parts in the front portion while the upper portion was rented out.

Sudesh Kumar, the brother of Lal, and his son Varun were injured when the building collapsed. While the former suffered head injury, his son got his shoulder injured.

Lal told Ludhiana Newsline, "The building was very old and weak, and we told the tenant a number of times to remove heavy hoardings from it but he never listened to us. Moreover, we are already fighting a property dispute for the building due to some old issues."

"We have already consulted our lawyer and made fresh allegations against the tenant for installing heavy hoardings despite warning. All our cycles and scooters which came for repair are destroyed in the collapse. Actual loss is yet to be assessed,'' said Varun.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 5, 2013 at 3:27am

American Legion Building Collapses in Burlington Junction

Updated: February 4, 2013
(BURLINGTON JUNCTION, Mo.) The American Legion building in Burlington Junction collapsed Sunday night.

The Legion Post #315 sat on Main Street in the center of town. The building was used by roughly 80 members who met on the first Thursday of every month.

The building also hosted regular suppers to benefit the post.

No one was inside at the time of the collapse. A member noticed bricks falling off the east side wall Sunday morning.

"It had a little hole on the east side wall about six foot high and maybe ten or twelve foot long where the bricks had fallen out of it, so I didn't pay much attention to it then," said member, Charles Bragg.

The meeting for this Thursday has been moved to the Burlington Junction Methodist Church at 7 pm.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 4, 2013 at 8:17pm

Building collapse kills 2, injuring 5 in Ningbo

(Shanghai Daily)

09:19, February 04, 2013

A three-story residential building partially collapsed yesterday morning in east China's Ningbo City, killing two and injuring five residents.

The accident took place at about 11:30am. About half of the building collapsed.

People living in the neighborhood said there was a noodle production plant in the building, and they suspected the collapse was caused by the explosion of a boiler in the plant, according to China Central Television.

Rescuers were still checking the debris late yesterday in case anyone else was trapped.

It was the second recent case of structures collapsing in Ningbo. A six-story building collapsed at noon on December 16 in Jiangdong District after residents found cracks in the structure. A total of 256 households living in eight buildings in the area were evacuated and resettled temporarily in seven hotels by the local government.

A 24-year-old woman surnamed Dong was rescued from the debris of the collapsed building after having been buried nearly 23 hours.

Most of the families living there had been evacuated during the morning but Dong and a 21-year-old woman who shared an apartment on the second floor were still in the building when it collapsed.

Dong's roommate, who has not been named, was pulled from the debris at 4:45pm on December 16, but later died.

Ningbo's housing authority said the building's base had no damp-proof coating, common in the late 1980s, China News Service reported. Decades of soaking by rain had undermined an underground load-bearing wall, leading to the collapse.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 4, 2013 at 3:03am

Eight dead in Pakistan building collapse

Published By United Press International

LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- At least two workers died and another 20 were trapped Sunday when the roof of a warehouse collapsed in Lahore, Pakistan, Geo News reported.

Rescue workers have removed eight people from the rubble of the building, located in the Nishtar Colony area of the city.

Rescuers were still searching through the rubble for the remaining 20 victims, Geo News reported.

The cause of the collapse was not reported

Comment by Howard on February 3, 2013 at 4:47am

Fatal Collapse of 260-Ft Bridge Span in China Blamed on Fireworks (Feb 2)

(Dramatic photos suggest otherwise)

A fireworks truck may have been responsible for destroying a freeway bridge in central China yesterday and killing at least eight people, AFP reports. With the 260-foot span of concrete lying in a heap of twisted cars and trucks, China National Radio first reported the death toll at 26, but state media scaled that back to eight dead and 13 injured. Witnesses heard an explosion but disagreed on whether the fireworks truck caused the collapse or blew up on impact, reports Australia's News Network.

Users of Chinese social media were wary of blaming the truck: ''Firecrackers and fireworks are not enough to destroy a bridge,'' wrote one user on China's equivalent of Twitter. "If a poor quality bridge is destroyed by firecrackers going off, it's not a question of a loss of face, some officials have to be fired."


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 29, 2013 at 12:13am

Buildings collapse after subsidence in S China

Updated: 2013-01-28 23:40

GUANGZHOU - At least three buildings collapsed on Monday afternoon after subsidence in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.

At around 4:40 pm, subsidence occurred at a road junction in the Liwan district of downtown Guangzhou. About three neighboring shop buildings collapsed successively, said rescuers.

There are no casualties from the incident, which was near a metro tunnel construction site, said Guangzhou Metro Corporation on its official Sina-Weibo account, China's version of Twitter.

At 4:20 pm, metro builders found land subsiding near the project site and helped evacuate the area. Afterwards, the ground sank and buildings collapsed, Guangzhou Metro said.

As of 8 pm, rescuers adopted risk-prevention methods by backfilling concrete into the subsidence area. Monitoring statistics show that there is no further risk and the accident site is stable, it said.

According to a witness, surnamed Xu, some trees fell down at about 4:30 pm. Two two-story neighboring shop buildings then collapsed with ground subsidence nearby.

Around 6:30 pm, a shop building of five or six stories collapsed, Xu added.

The cause of the incident is being investigated.



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