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, 2014 at 7:07am

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Construction Building Collapse at Mantralayam Temple

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 7, 2014 at 6:34am

Building addition collapses atop Somali mall in south Minneapolis

No one was injured Tuesday morning when a portion of a third-floor addition toppled over at Karmel Square.

A third-floor addition under construction at a Somali mall in southMinneapolis collapsed Tuesday morning, shutting down dozens of businesses and knocking out electricity in the neighborhood.

No one was hurt at Karmel Square, where many of the shops were about to open when trusses installed only the day before at the top of the building fell down about 8:45 a.m. Approximately 25 people were evacuated from the building at 2910 Pillsbury Av. S.

Raymond Hoffner, who lives nearby, said he had already complained to the city about the project.

“It was very obvious when they started [construction] that it was very flimsy,” said Hoffner, president of the Park Square condo association across the street.

He said he was in the condo office ­Tuesday morning when the lights went out and he heard a rumble and sirens. “I was angry,” he said.

Owner Basim Sabri and City Council members involved in the area said it was an accident. The collapse involved what is to be a new floor at the mall featuring a prayer room, shops and a clinic. Construction workers were putting trusses in place late Monday to support a wall, Sabri said, and one on the end was not properly secured.

“It’s like dominoes,” Sabri said. “They fall over each other. … The wind played a big obstacle in what happened.”

The city had approved a permit for the work last month. Sabri has previously tangled with the city over starting other construction projects without approval and has often attracted controversy in hisbusiness dealings.

City records do not appear to show any outstanding code violations for construction work at the building, which is an important gathering spot for the Somali-American community and houses about 150 businesses.

But one Somali-American advocate called for a full investigation of what happened.

“Imagine, it could have happened in the middle of the evening or afternoon, when the place is packed,” said Abdirizak Bihi, director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center. “A lot of people could have been hurt.’’

Crews spent hours clearing fallen debris as police blocked off Pillsbury Avenue. One shopkeeper lamented that the beef, chicken and goat meat at his restaurant was going bad.

“It’s going to spoil the food,” said Mohamud Isse, owner of Uruba Cafe. “They’re not letting anyone in.”

Sabri said late Tuesday that businesses were free to open as usual Wednesday morning, because Xcel Energy was turning the lights back on and authorities had finished inspections. Though he is often full of colorful criticisms of City Hall, Sabri said city staff was “very, very helpful” following the incident.

“For real,” he said. “I’m not being sarcastic.”

Comment by Tracie Crespo on May 5, 2014 at 10:09pm

Baltimore Building Collapse Injures Nine 

Nine demolition workers were injured Monday morning when a building collapsed at a defunct steel factory in Baltimore, police said.

Sixty five personnel from the Baltimore County Fire Department responded to the Bethlehem Steel Plant after reports that the roof had collapsed with workers inside around 10 a.m., according to Baltimore County Police.

Four of the nine who were injured brought to the shock trauma facility at the University of Maryland Medical Center with serious to critical injuries, while five others were transported to local hospitals, police said.

Everyone in the building was accounted for, said Natalie Litofsky, a Baltimore Police Department public information specialist.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation, police said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 3, 2014 at 1:51am

Brooklyn, NY

Wall collapses in Brooklyn, crushing cars

Updated at 05:20 PM today
Residents unnerved after wall collapses

A wall collapsed behind a Crown Heights, Brooklyn, apartment building Friday morning, crushing several parked cars.

The retaining wall collapsed onto a detached parking garage behind a building at 743 Crown Street just after 7 a.m.

The force of the crash crushed at least three cars. No injuries were reported.

The buildings Department will investigate the collapse and whether it was weather related.

Firefighters say all of the rain we've had in the last couple of days mostly likely caused an already weakend wall to buckle.

"It sounded like Brooklyn fell down," neighbor Dionne Willis said. "It was really, really loud...I was just afraid with all the rain that we've been having, already on my own, and then to come see it happening next door to my house, very scary."

Another neighbor was also looking on worried someone might be buried beneath the rubble.

"I came out, there was nobody," Debbie Rubin said. "There was nobody. I said thank you."

Officers used three K-9 rescue dogs to search through the rubble to ensure no one was trapped. Meanwhile, theres no definitive cause has been determined. The Department of Buildings is at the scene, trying to shore everything up with the building to make sure there is no further collapse.

As for the other houses on the 700 block of Crown Street, department officials say everything is OK. They expect no other collapses, but it was a very scary situation for neighbors who heard that big boom.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 3, 2014 at 1:01am

Buildings collapse on K Street in Northwest Washington

(Bill O'Leary/ The Washington Post ) - A building in the 400 block of K Street Northwest is seen during a collapse on Friday.

One building collapsed and another partially caved near Mount Vernon Square Friday afternoon, snarling rush-hour traffic in one the most congested areas of the city. Authorities say one person suffered minor injuries.

The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 400 block of K Street NW, near I-395 and between New York and Massachusetts avenues. Police closed K Street between 4th and 7th Street and part of Massachusetts Avenue.

Debris from the buildings that fell damaged a strip club called the Cloak Room, and forced the evacuation of patrons and entertainers.

D.C. Building Collapse

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Two buildings partially collapsed in downtown D.C

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 1, 2014 at 4:57am

Another link to Baltimore road collapse photos.  This and the Boston city hall floor buckling  is I think a sign of a tightening of the bow stretch at the northeast point.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 1, 2014 at 3:23am

BREAKING: The Floor at (Boston) City Hall

The crack occurred around 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the building, near the birth and death certificates service windows.

The Boston Globe reports:

"This is a result of a concrete underneath the floor tiles expanding and contracting," said mayor's spokeswoman Kate Norton. She said it was the third or fourth time it had happened in recent years.
She said the buckling was the result of "concrete underneath the floor tiles expanding and contracting."

Witnesses reported seeing as many as 50 tiles damaged in the shakeup.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 1, 2014 at 2:58am

Road Collapse Sends Several Cars Onto Rail Tracks In Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WNEW/AP) — Officials say a block-long sinkhole opened up in a residential neighborhood in northeast Baltimore, sucking in several cars and forcing the evacuation of several houses.

The fire department tweeted on its official Twitter account that a sinkhole opened up Wednesday afternoon in the first block of 26th Street between Charles and St. Paul streets. The sinkhole opened next to railroad tracks used by CSX.

The block of rowhouses was being evacuated and a building inspector has been called. The fire department said no injuries had been reported.

CSX has suspended rail traffic, according to a fire department tweet. Transportation officials were said to be conducting an analysis of the street.

According to one witness, the site looks like a landslide had occurred.

Rain has drenched central Maryland for more than 24 hours.

St. Paul Street is closed between 28th and 25th streets, and Charles Street is closed between 25th and 26th streets.

Cars parked along 26th Street between Charles Street and St. Paul Street collapsed onto CSX rail tracks. (Photo credit: Stacey Mink)

Cars parked along 26th Street between Charles Street and St. Paul Street collapsed onto CSX rail tracks. (Photo credit: Stacey Mink)

View image on Twitter

1 car still at edge of Baltimore sinkhole. Owner was told ground under it is concave. Too dangerous to move. @WNEW

View image on Twitter

Owners of the last car hanging on the edge of Baltimore sinkhole watch and wait to see what happens.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 30, 2014 at 10:37pm

road collapse

APRIL 30: Vehicles rest at the bottom of a ravine after the Scenic Highway collapsed near Pensacola, Fla. Heavy rains and flooding have left people stranded in houses and cars in the Florida Panhandle and along the Alabama coast. According to the National Weather Service, an estimated 15-20 inches of rain has fallen in Pensacola in the past 24 hours. (Katie E. King/Pensacola News Journal)

Katie E. King

APRIL 30: Vehicles rest at the bottom of a ravine after the Scenic Highway collapsed near Pensacola, Fla. Heavy rains and flooding have left people stranded in houses and cars in the Florida Panhandle and along the Alabama coast. According to the National Weather Service, an estimated 15-20 inches of rain has fallen in Pensacola in the past 24 hours. (Katie E. King/Pensacola News Journal)

Girby Road Collapse

Girby Road Collapse

Girby Road in west Mobile, Ala., is closed Wednesday morning, April 30, 2014, after rushing storm waters washed out the roadway, causing a collapse

Road Problems in Mobile County


MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. -  The overnight rains created headaches for folks throughout Mobile County.
Many were left dodging sinkholes and flooded roads Wednesday morning.

Fox Ten News found a deceptively dangerous situation on Hamilton Blvd near San Marino Drive.

Hamilton was closed after someone reported a crack across the road, and water flowing under the highway.

A county worker who came out to inspect the situation fell waist deep into the ground when a sinkhole opened beneath him.

The worker was standing on the dirt just off the road when it happened.
Another worker helped the man out. Fortunately, he wasn’t hurt.

Just about every yard on San Marino was flooded but residents were more worried about the heavy traffic that was being detoured onto to their street from Hamilton.

“They’re diverting all the 18-wheelers with all the heavy stuff on them down our road. This is swamp land to start with. We’re worried about it cracking, then we’re going to be stranded,” Sandy Artry said.

The folks on San Marino won’t have to worry about one 18 wheeler. The driver, Kenneth Weaver couldn’t make the sharp turn. Weaver said he would have to come up with a different strategy.

“It’s too sharp of a turn to make with this long trailer here,” Weaver said.

Our crew couldn’t get to Jessica Breland’s house on Davenport in Bayou LaBatre because her road was flooded. She may have been stranded, but we did spot several people who were willing to drive through the water.

Jyssica Stagner was one of them. Just moments after telling Fox Ten News she felt safe driving through the water covered street she ended up stuck in the middle of the road.

She had to call a friend to get her car out. She said she learned a tough lesson.

“I’m going to say right now, if you don’t got a truck, don’t come through here. It ain’t worth it. It’s not worth losing your vehicle over,” Stagner said.

The rain is gone, but it may take awhile to repair all the road damage.

Fortunately, there haven’t been any reports of serious injuries as a result of the road problems in Mobile County.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 29, 2014 at 6:36pm

Eight-storey building collapses in Surat, injures six

 April 29, 2014 

Surat (Gujarat), Apr. 29 (ANI): The collapse of an eight-storey building in Gujarat’s Surat has injured six people on Tuesday.

Fire brigade and rescue teams reached the site of the collapse and freed the injured people stuck under the debris as well as the residents stuck on the floors.

“A message was received in the fire emergency control room at 12:55 that the slab of a building in Kanhaiya apartment at Ghod dod road has collapsed. Fire brigade reached the site but the inner compartment of the building from its sixth floor had fallen completely. Six-seven people were stuck in the building. The fire brigade has rescued six people and sent them to the hospital. The work to remove debris is on,” said fire officer of Surat Municipal Corporation, Pankaj Patel.

The building crumpled from its inner portion, thus giving a chance to the residents to escape from the balconies.

Reasons for the collapse are as yet unknown and being investigated but according to primary report, the building might have collapsed due to drill work taking place on the sixth floor.

“Renovation work was being carried out at some flat. And they were removing a part with the help of a drill machine which caused vibrations and the building collapsed. This is according to the preliminary information . But the final report of the engineer will reveal the real cause of the collapse,” said city Mayor, Niranjan Zanzmera.

Three people are reported dead but the news has not been confirmed by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) authorities.

Meanwhile, an investigation is underway. (ANI)

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