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 Howard on July 8, 2014 at 3:23am

Adjacent Homes Collapse In West Philadelphia  (Jul 7)

Ten people are now homeless after homes collapsed in West Philadelphia on Monday.

Around 11:45 a.m., crews were notified about the collapse of two adjacent properties at 60th and Spruce Streets in the Cobbs Creek section of the city.

Both properties, 6015 and 6017, were reported to be occupied.

Around noon, Chopper 3 HD was over the scene, where it appeared two row homes had collapsed in towards each other.

In addition to the two collapsed homes, at least four other homes sustained some kind of damage.

Dan Chapman comments, “That’s my childhood. I grew up there.”

Luckily, there were no reports of any injuries. Several dogs were reported to have been missing by one resident, but they were later found safe.

Preliminary reports indicate a collapse in the party wall between 6015 and 6017 Spruce Streets. Commissioner Williams, of Licenses and Inspections, says there is no previous history of violations or complaints for either property.

Jannie Blackwood of City Council says, “It just seems so shocking because this is such a stable block.”

L&I officials say the two row homes are imminently dangerous and will need to be knocked down.

The homeowner, Chris Chapman, says there was some cracks and bending in the doorway before her home came down.


Comment by Tracie Crespo on July 4, 2014 at 4:42am

Overpass in World Cup host city collapses onto busy highway


An overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in this World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car in an embarrassment for a country that has been basking in praise for what has mostly been a smoothly running soccer tournament.

At least 22 people were reported injured. There was not yet any word on whether foreign tourists were among those killed or injured. Brazilian officials didn't think the casualty numbers would rise too sharply -- though they said they had not yet reached a small passenger car that was flattened by the falling overpass. It was not known if anyone inside the car escaped or remained inside.

The incident is the biggest black eye yet for Brazil's hosting of the World Cup, which has been carried out with less chaos than many had feared. In the run-up to the event, there were serious concerns about the ability of Brazil's airports and roads to handle the influx of tourists because of delays or outright cancelations of projects to improve urban transportation.

After Brazil was awarded the World Cup in 2007, politicians promised $8 billion would be spent on 56 airports, subway lines and other such projects nationwide. But less than 10 of the infrastructure projects were completed in time for the tournament, including the project where the overpass collapsed in Belo Horizonte.

It was not known what caused the overpass to fall. Cowan, the construction company responsible for building it, said investigators were on site but had not released any conclusions.

''It sounded like an earthquake or a bomb,'' said Alexandra Pereira, a teacher who was taking a nap with her 10-year-old son in her apartment building just 20 meters (yards) from the overpass. ''I looked out my window and panicked. I couldn't see anything but a huge cloud of dust.''

Within seconds, Pereira said, her neighbors from the ground floor rushes out to pull injured from the bus that was partially trapped under the overpass. Pereira said she and several neighbors in a group of nine residential buildings close to the overpass had long complained to the mayor's office that they feared for their safety from the construction and asked authorities for compensation so they could move.

She said the request was rejected and the mayor's office assured them the project was safe. The mayor's office ws closed for the day, but Lt. Col. Edgar Estevo da Silva, a spokesman for the fire department, said officials had inspected the nearby apartment buildings and didn't find any sign they were at risk because of the overpass collapse.

Among the dead was a woman who was driving a commuter bus trapped by the overpass died, said Capt. Federico Pascual of the Belo Horizonte fire department. An official in the mayor's office reported the death of a second person.

The official said 22 people were known to be injured. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk to the media about the incident. The overpass collapsed about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Mineirao stadium, which has hosted several World Cup matches in recent weeks and is the site of a semifinal match Tuesday.

The overpass ''arched over a really busy thoroughfare,'' Pascual said.

Security camera footage showed heavy traffic on the street below the structure the moment that the overpass collapsed, striking vehicles below and trapping them underneath: via @FoxSports

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 3, 2014 at 9:18am

Belfast Ireland

Partial building collapse on Ormeau Road

Published Wednesday, 02 July 2014
Partial building collapse on Ormeau Road
Police advised people to avoid the area. (© UTV)

The road had to be closed in both directions between University Street and Fitzroy Avenue for a time on Wednesday evening.

Motorists and pedestrians have been advised to avoid the area.

The road has since been reopened to traffic.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 2, 2014 at 10:36pm

Building Collapse: Scores Cheat Death In Police Barracks

Scores of people  escaped death by the whiskers in Lagos yesterday  when a two-story building collapsed at the Police Barrack, Pedro area of the  state.
Our correspondent gathered that the two-story building, comprising 27 flats collapsed because it was already dilapidated.
Residents said part of the building caved – in  and collapsed and became rubble as a result of the weak structure which had since betrayed its structural integrity.
It was observed that the particular side of the building which collapsed was made of thick wooden frame acting as support for the pillar before it caved in.
The  General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Authourity (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, the building collapsed partially at Block six, Pedro Police Barrack, Shomolu,  adding that the block is a two-story building.
He said ,“The entire structure of the toilets and bathroom ripped off and reduced to rubble. No life was lost and there was no injury. Victims were advised to vacate their homes.”

Comment by Tracie Crespo on June 29, 2014 at 4:31am

Building collapses on S. Wyoming

A historic warehouse building on South Wyoming Street collapsed early Saturday morning. The cause for the collapse is not yet known.

The warehouse was built in 1920 and once housed a refrigeration company. Much of its south-facing wall collapsed shortly after 8:30 a.m. The building was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. The collapse was witnessed by employees at Steele’s Furniture, which is just across the street from the warehouse.

Barricades have been erected around the structure.

David Schultz, Butte-Silver Bow’s public works director, said about a third of the south side of the building fell down, scattering bricks across Iron Street.

“It looks unlikely that any more substantial pieces of that building will collapse,” Schultz said. “But we can’t know that for certain. We have barricaded off the street to keep people away from the building in case there are additional problems.”

Schultz said he inspected the building Saturday morning and thought that perhaps plugged roof drains that allowed water to build up on the roof caused the building to collapse, but the building’s owner, Neil Lynch, disputes that.

“I was on the roof yesterday. The foundation failed. There was no roof drain plugged,” Lynch said. “I didn’t see any other signs of this happening other than the foundation was sinking into the ground. The foundation has been deteriorating since the Whalen Tire fire in 2009. A water main burst at the tire shop and flooded my basement, which caused severe water damage.”

Lynch said no repairs were made to the warehouse building because of pending litigation between him and Whalen Tire’s insurance company. Lynch has owned the building for 16 years. He owns a number of the adjacent buildings through his limited liability company, Lifetime Enterprises.

The building has been vacant since the 1980s. It is also scheduled to be auctioned off by the county later this year because it is four years tax delinquent.

Lynch said he plans to pay the taxes, which total more than $6,000, this summer and he will have the building demolished. He plans to build a new building on the lot or put a parking lot.

“It’s a shame to see a building uptown to get torn down and tossed in the landfill,” he said. “I’m saddened by the loss of the building. I go out of my way to preserve these old buildings.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 28, 2014 at 10:36pm

One Dead, Over 50 Trapped in Building Collapse in Chennai

Posted on June 28, 2014 in Top News

At least one person was killed and 50 others were trapped when a 11-storey under-construction building collapsed here Saturday evening, officials said.

CHENNAI: At least one person was killed and 50 others were trapped when a 11-storey under-construction building collapsed here Saturday evening, officials said.
According to officials, 11 people trapped under the debris were rescued of which one person died. The other 10 have been admitted in a nearby hospital of which the condition of one is said to be serious.
The accident took place at Moulivakkam near Porur area here.
According to a fire service official, rescue efforts were continuing at full swing with several fire service personnel and ambulances at the spot.
Most of the people who were trapped under the debris are said to be construction workers from Andhra Pradesh and some might have taken shelter in the building as it was raining at the time of the collapse, people in the area said.
Rescue efforts were hampered early due to power cut and rains. However, officials have made arrangement for lights to facilitate the rescue work.
In a statement here, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said a team from the National Disaster Management Authority has been sent to the accident spot to speed up the rescue efforts.
"Police have been ordered to take action against those who are responsible for the incident," she said.
Senior police and other officials were at the spot.
Efforts were on to reach the trapped workers through mobile phones and other means.
Different versions were going around as to the cause of the accident - structural weakness or a lightning strike hitting it as it was raining at the time of the collapse.
Officials, however, said they were focussing on the rescue work and the cause of collapse would be ascertained later.
Fire service personnel and others were busy cutting the steel rods of the collapsed building so as to reach the trapped people.
The residential project Trust Heights is being developed by Prime Sristi Housing Pvt Ltd. The project consisted of two 11-storeyed blocks - The Belief and The Faith.
Despite several attempts by IANS, company officials were not available for comments.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 28, 2014 at 10:32pm

Building collapse in Delhi kills 10, including 5 children

FILE: A dilapidated apartment block collapsed in New Delhi on Saturday, killing at least ten people including five children. Picture: AFP Photo / Sajjad Hussain

NEW DELHI - A dilapidated apartment block collapsed in New Delhi on Saturday, killing at least ten people including five children in the country's latest building disaster, reports said citing police officials.

Rescuers scrambled to find survivors after the four-storey residential building crumbled, with scores of people feared trapped under the debris.

"Ten people including five children and three women have been killed in the building collapse while two persons have been injured," Delhi police commissioner Madhur Verma told the Press Trust of India (PTI).

"Rescue operations are still on and debris is being removed," he added.

The decades-old dilapidated building in a congested north Delhi neighbourhood started crumbling on Saturday morning.

"This is a 40-year-old building. They have illegally built floor after floor," Rajesh Bhatia, a senior municipal official told NDTV news channel.

The injured have been rushed to hospital while the government has ordered an inquiry into the the cause of the accident, PTI reported.

Building collapses are common in India, as lax regulations and the demand for cheap housing often spurs construction that uses substandard materials and adds unauthorised extra floors.

Earlier this year more than 15 people had died in the western state of Goa when a residential building collapsed.

Comment by Mark on June 28, 2014 at 12:47pm

Building collapses in Washington


At 8:50 P.M. Wednesday a one-story tobacco warehouse collapsed at 400 North Bridge Street in Beaufort County.

Officials in Washington say that no one was hurt as a result of the falling structure. At the time, there wasn't any businesses occupying the building.

NewsChannel 12 was told that this collapse was not a result of a fire.

Investigators were on the scene Thursday morning along side police and fire officials, to determine the exact cause of why this building fell.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 27, 2014 at 6:54am

Second sewer collapses - this time in Canford Heath

Bournemouth Echo: Albert Road, which is also closed because of a collapsed sewerAlbert Road, which is also closed because of a collapsed sewer

ROAD diversions have been put in place while staff from Wessex Water carries out emergency repairs on a collapsed sewer in Poole.

Workmen were called to Culliford Crescent at the junction with Chedington Close in Canford Heath at 8.30am yesterday morning.

A spokesperson for Wessex Water said: “The sewer underneath Culliford Crescent has collapsed and we are doing everything we can to investigate the extent of it and repair it as soon as possible.

“We are hopeful that the work will be completed in two weeks, however this could be extended depending on the severity of the collapse.

“Road diversions have been set up for local residents and we apologise for any inconvenience caused to residents.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 26, 2014 at 9:21pm

People trapped after building collapse near Katy

By Dale Lezon | June 26, 2014 | Updated: June 26, 2014 2:10pm

Rescuers Thursday afternoon rushed to a residential area in west Harris County after a garage reportedly collapsed, sending dozens to the hospital.

Photo By Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle 

Rescuers Thursday afternoon rushed to a residential area in west Harris County after a garage reportedly collapsed, sending dozens to the hospital.

Rescuers Thursday afternoon rushed to a residential area in west Harris County after a garage reportedly collapsed, trapping more than one person.

The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Park Mill near Park Brush, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Officials said it was unclear how many people were possibly trapped or what led to the collapse.

More details will be reported as the story develops.

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