http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/world/asia/bangladesh-building-collapse.html?hp&_r=0

 

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.... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/world/asia/bangladesh-building-co...

 

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.

http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/551123/100-year-old-bu...

 

 

 

LAKE ELSINORE: Water leak causes street collapse

 

 

 

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

By GENE GHIOTTO
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

 

http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_spipe23.38e27e6...

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.

http://brandon.patch.com/articles/windhorst-parsons-roadway-collaps...

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.

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20110720/NEWS01/307200099/Se...

Road collapse might have killed Colorado family

(2011-07-20)

(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.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/news.newsmain/article/1/0/183...

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.

http://www.cnkeyword.info/yunnan-road-test-the-opening-day-collapse...

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

http://www.allvoices.com/news/9730810-details-emerge-in-deadly-road...

 

 

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 7, 2014 at 9:59am

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Cliff-coast-road-collapse/story-205...


Cliff and coast road collapse suffered at Trevone

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 07, 2014


  • UNDERMINED: The power of the waves brought down the cliff wall and closed the road.

TREVONE suffered severe storm damage at the weekend when a cliff collapsed, bringing down a coastal road.

The damaged road which leads to Crugmeer and on to Padstow, has been closed and the cost of repairing it is being assessed by Cornwall Council.

Damage was also caused to Trevone's lower car park when a wall was washed away and a stretch of the coastal path was damaged.

Padstow town councillor Ian McKey, who lives in Trevone, said: "There was a lot of damage caused by the storms on both Friday night and Saturday, but the coup de grâce was when the road beside the beach collapsed.

Mr McKey said although the road was not used by too many people, serious consequences could occur if the main road into the village now became blocked.

"The main road into Trevone is currently the only access we have into the village, and if something happened there which caused it to be blocked, then emergency vehicles would not be able to reach people and properties. The only way through would be for them to drive across fields," said Mr McKey.

Fellow town councillor Richard Higman said that the power of the sea astonished villagers who had gathered on Saturday evening to look at the damage caused.

"I've never seen waves like it. Large boulders were being tossed around like marbles.

"Huge lumps of concrete weighing ten tonnes or more were just lifted up and smashed. The state of the beach road is very serious because there is very little holding it up. I think if people even walked down there now it would give way.

Mr Higman said although the police were swift in taping off the road, he was shocked to see a family with three children taking no notice of it.

"A bloke pulled up in his car and his wife got out and lifted up the police tape to drive on through it. It was unbelievable really."

Mr Higman said he had contacted Cornwall Council about the damaged road, pointing out that there was now only one route in and out of Trevone for vehicles.

"Obviously, everyone is hoping the road can be repaired as quickly as possible, but I suspect there is an awful lot of work to be done and the cost could be considerable."

A spokesperson for the council said this week: "Staff from Cormac Structures have visited the site of the collapsed wall this morning to assess the damage.

"Cormac countryside rangers are also on site assessing and making safe the damage to the South West coast path which has also been reported in the Trevone area."



Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 6, 2014 at 8:11pm

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/280269/48/Building-collapses-in-...

Building collapses in SE Grand Rapids

1:44 PM, Feb 6, 2014 

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of abuilding collapse in southeast Grand Rapids. 

The building at 949 Wealthy Street came down just before 1 p.m. Thursday, according to a witness who works across the street. The owner says no one was inside at the time. 

Rachel Lee, of the East Hills Council of Neighbors, tells WZZM 13 the building is known as the Green Garage and is owned by Bazzani and Associates. Employees in area park there and the building sometimes houses other vehicles. 

Our crew on the scene reports several classic cars inside the garage appear to have been destroyed. A couple of cars outside were also damaged. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 3, 2014 at 5:54pm

http://tribune.com.pk/story/666696/avoidable-tragedy-labourer-kille...

Avoidable tragedy: Labourer killed, 13 injured in factory collapse

February 3rd 2014

At least 14 workers were trapped under the debris after the structure suddenly collapsed. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: 

A labourer was killed and 13 others were injured when an under construction ice factory collapsed near Jamil Chowk, Ring Road on Sunday afternoon.

At least 14 workers were trapped under the debris when the structure suddenly collapsed.

Rescue 1122 pulled them out, but one person had died while the other 13 seriously injured and were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital.

The deceased has been identified as Saifullah, a resident of Wahid Garhi, while Muhammad Saeed, Taj Muhammad, Wali Khan, Alaowdin, Abdul Qayum, Ismail Khan, Raj Wali, Irfan, Asad Ali, Imtiaz, Ziaur Rehman, Humayun and Zirat Shah are injured. Some of them are in critical condition.

“The building collapsed due to lack of precautionary measures and use of substandard materials,” said a Rescue 1122 official.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 3, 2014 at 5:34pm

http://eng.24.kg/incidents/2014/02/03/29762.html

Madrasa building collapses in Suzak district, 56 people injured

03/02-2014 15:43, Bishkek – 24.kg news agency , by Eleonora SAGYNDYK kyzy

About 56 people were injured in collapse of building madrasa’s second floor in Kumush-Aziz village, Suzak district, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported to 24.kg news agency .

The incident happened during Koran recitation. Investigation police team visited the site of accident. Circumstances of the incident are investigated.

http://thefrontierpost.com/article/72913/Roof-collapse-leaves-6-dead/

Roof collapse leaves 6 dead

Posted on 2014-02-03 01:29:22

Mian Channu (Online): At least six people died and over 40 sustained injuries when roof of a Madrasa (religious school) collapsed in Rehmat Colony of Mian Channu, district of central Punjab, officials said on Sunday. According to local police, roof of Madrasa adjoining a Sunni mosque was collapsed on Sunday morning when Talibs (students) were busy in taking their lesion of Holy Qura’n. One woman was also among 6 killed in mishap while 48 sustained serious injuries. Police and rescue teams rushed to the scene soon after incident took place. The injured were shifted to Mian Channu District Head Quarters hospital where condition of many wounded reported critical which feared more casualties. Police has kicked off its investigations; initial report said building of Madrasa was weak enough to build double storey.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 2, 2014 at 1:34am

http://www.arabnews.com/news/519201

One hurt, 14 rescued in house collapse

RIYADH: ARAB NEWS

Published — Sunday 2 February 2014

A resident was injured and 14 Pakistani nationals rescued following the collapse of a two-story mud house in Riyadh's Al-Deira district on Friday afternoon.
Maj. Mohammed Al-Hamadi, media spokesman in Riyadh, said: “The Civil Defense received news of the accident at 1:09 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The mud-walled building consisted of two floors which collapsed, sending the debris on the street in Al-Deira district.”
“Civil Defense teams rushed to the site and found that the building in an area of 70 square meters had collapsed. The façade of the building had come down and resulted in injuring one person and damaging a car parked nearby,” he added.
Al-Hamadi said: “The accident also led to the detention of 14 Pakistani laborers who were in the building at the time.” The building was evacuated immediately by the Civil Defense teams. “Everyone was safe except for one citizen who was injured”, he affirmed.
Al-Hamadi stressed that investigation is still under way to ascertain the cause of the collapse.
In related news, residents of the Manfouha neighborhood in Riyadh were surprised by the collapse of an old residential building at about 10 p.m. on Friday evening.
According to eyewitnesses, the building was very old and its owner had died years ago.
Some of the local residents said that the building was uninhabited and had been abandoned a long time ago. There were no casualties, although some cars parked nearby were damaged. Police have begun investigations into this incident too.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 30, 2014 at 6:36am

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/10970687.House_collapse_in_Cam...

House collapse in Camborne: PICTURE GALLERY

Falmouth Packet: House collapse in Camborne: PICTURE

A house collapsed in Camborne in the early hours of this morning. Nearby residents reported a loud rumble at around 5am this morning.

There are reports that a large crack formed in the property on Tehidy Road yesterday and that Cormac were on site. The area is riddled with mine shafts, with one opening up in a garden next door years ago according to a neighbour.

Tehidy Road is closed both ways due to building masonry in the road between Reskadinnick Road and Vyvyan Street.

The road has been closed due to a collapsed building however properties on the road are still accessible.

Photos: John Beach www.johnbeachphotography.co.uk

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Comment by Howard on January 20, 2014 at 8:24pm

Several building collapses in N. America today. 

Multiple Casualties at Nebraska Building Collapse (Jan 20)
Thirty-eight workers were inside International Nutrition, near 77th and I Streets in Omaha, when it collapsed just after 10 a.m. Monday. Multiple people were injured.

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Two-People-Reportedly-Trapped-In...


Storage Building Collapses In Irving, Texas (Jan 20)
A storage building at the Four Seasons Country Club in Irving collapsed on Monday morning. The incident was first reported just after 5:30 a.m. at the 7,000 square foot building in the 4900 block of MacArthur Boulevard, near Windsor View Drive.

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/01/20/storage-building-collapses-in-ir...


Alberta Arena Roof Collapses, Structure Still Unstable (Jan 20)
A Sylvan Lake town employee escaped unharmed when the roof collapsed on the central Alberta town's arena early this morning.

The worker was inside at 1 a.m., working on the ice surface when he noticed some unusual sounds, said spokesperson Joanne Gaudet.

"We did have the one employee inside who was inside flooding the rink at the time," she said. "He heard a couple of pops and bangs and then the one side of the facility collapsed.

He got out and then a portion of the roof came down.

The sheer force of the collapse blew out an entire wall, she said.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/sylvan-lake-arena-roof-colla...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 19, 2014 at 3:40am

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Bay-Harbor-Island-Deck-Collapse-...

Bay Harbor Island Deck Collapse Sends 20 Into Water

Two were sent to the hospital with minor injuries, according to fire officials.

Saturday, Jan 18, 2014  |  Updated 6:31 PM EST

Two were injured after a deck collapse sent 20 people into the water at a Bay Harbor Island building during a memorial service Saturday afternoon, officials said. NBC 6's Gilma Avalos reports.

Two were injured after a deck collapse sent 20 people into the water at a Bay Harbor Island building during a memorial service Saturday afternoon, officials said.

The deck collapse happened around 3 p.m. at 9341 E Bay Harbour Drive, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Witnesses said the victims were on the deck to commemorate the life of Brian Gilmore, who had recently died after a battle with cancer. They were throwing flowers into the water in his memory when the deck collapsed.

"We went face first into the water. That was fun," said Mike Carney, an employee of Gilmore's.

Carney said he found himself treading water after the collapse, his phone and keys lost in the water. He said he had some pain from bruising.

Authorities said 40 people attended the wake. Those who fell into the water were able to get to safety before rescue crews arrived. Two were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, according to officials.

Fire officials said it appeared there were too many people on the deck considering the condition it was in, but a thorough investigation is pending.

"The dock appears to be old, however our initial investigation reveals there are some new planks and support beams and securing anchors. So it looks like there were some recent repairs," said Bay Harbor Islands Police Chief Sean Hemingway.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 13, 2014 at 6:20pm

http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/local/building-collapse-e...

Building collapse evacuates Burlington City homes

Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:15 pm | Updated: 10:48 am, Mon Jan 13, 2014.

BURLINGTON CITY — Shivering in her pajamas and looking at the home her family was forced out of Saturday night wasn’t the way Kathy Love-Taylor wanted to spend Sunday morning.

But that was what she was doing on the 300 block of Union Street, where the partial collapse of the vacant, three-story brick duplex next door had nearly leveled a portion of Love-Taylor’s own home.

“We were watching a movie when we thought we heard thunder, then crashing noises. I went in to check on my son. My husband opened the door and there were bricks in the bedroom,” said Love-Taylor, who slept on the floor of relatives Saturday night. “I’m just thankful everyone was safe and no one was hurt.”

City officials confirmed there were no injuries in the incident, which happened at 5:09 p.m. Saturday and drew responders from multiple agencies.

A gaping hole was left in the home’s rear wall and rooftop.

Officials evacuated the house on the other side of the collapse and nearly half a dozen homes across the street. A spokeswoman for the American Red Cross said the agency arranged hotel accommodations for three households and was preparing to help a fourth on Monday.

The residents across the street were able to return to their homes Sunday because of safety fencing between the collapse site and the homes, Mayor James Fazzone said Sunday morning as he and other officials arranged for the building’s demolition.

But the homes on either side will have to remain empty throughout the demolition of the collapsed home.

“We feel it would be too dangerous for folks to stay in those buildings,” Fazzone said.

Agencies on scene included the city’s Police, Fire, Code Enforcement and Emergency Management departments, along with the Endeavor Emergency Squad, and Burlington County’s Office of Emergency Management and Technical Search and Rescue and Hazardous Materials teams.

Residents are urged to avoid the area while the investigation continues.

Frank Caruso, the city’s Office of Emergency Management director, attributed the cause to the age and condition of the structure.

“It was weakened from years of deterioration,” said Caruso. “It’s a miracle no one was hurt.”

Structural collapses have kept the city busy in recent weeks. On Dec. 29, a ceiling collapse in an apartment building on High Street displaced two households, including three children.

Comment by Kojima on January 13, 2014 at 3:22am

Cracked buildings out of bounds [New Straits Times; 13 January, 2014]

SAFETY FEARS: Building forensics consultant to establish the cause of cracks

PONTIAN: THE Pontian Baru Fire and Rescue Department has stopped monitoring the buildings in Kukup that suffered severe cracks   on Thursday.

A spokesman, who declined to be named, said that all is calm now in Kukup, and there is no further need to continue monitoring the site.

"There are still people going there, especially curious onlookers, but the place has been cordoned off to prevent the public from entering the premises," he said.

The Pontian District Council could not be reached for comment.

However, in a recent report, the council said it had hired a building forensics consultant, Kumpulan Ikram Sdn Bhd, to establish the cause of the cracks.

The probe is expected to be completed early next month.

It was reported that a decision would be made on whether to demolish the building once the report is ready.

In the incident, the patrons were enjoying their breakfast at a restaurant in the Kukup Laut Business Centre here when they noticed the building pillars starting to crack.

Restaurant owner, Tey Siang Huat, 50, said the wok and pans that were hanging on the wall, as well as plates and glasses on a shelf, started to fall in the 8.30am incident.

"I was terrified. I felt the tremors and shouted for the patrons to run out of the restaurant," said Tey.

A patron, Ang Bee Hing, 64, said she was at the back of the building when she saw people running out of the restaurant.

"At first, I didn't know what was happening. Then I heard them shouting and I decided to run too," said Ang.

Another patron who only wanted to be known as Chan, 45, said he was seated near the pillar having breakfast with some friends.

"I could see the cracks appearing on the pillar, fearing that the building would collapse.

"I thought I was going to die," said Chan.

The police, firemen and personnel from the Pontian district office later arrived.

The police quickly cordoned off the area.

Pontian Baru Fire and Rescue Department chief Zulbahry Sulong assured residents that there was no need to panic as the department did not receive any earthquake reports or tsunami warnings.

Council president Miswan Yunus said the council was working with the Public Works Department to check the structure of the eight-year-old building.

Miswan said a probe would be launched.

The building comprises 16 three-storey shop houses. Of these, three of the shop houses -- the restaurant, a hostel and a snooker centre -- were damaged by the tremor.

No casualties were reported and all occupants had been evacuated from the premises.

Kukup assemblyman Suhaimi Salleh said this was the first time such an incident had occurred.

Suhaimi said the building was built on reclaimed land.

"Let the local council carry out its probe before we start finger pointing at anyone," he added.

Kukup is a small fishing village located about 20km away from Pontian town and 69km away from Johor Baru.

Miswan Yunus (second from left) and Suhaimi Salleh (right) viewing the affected properties. Pic by Anja Asmara

Council workers inspecting the damaged building.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/01/10/Earthquake-in-Pont...

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