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 29, 2014 at 12:04am


Driver says roadway collapsed under his delivery truck

Posted: May 28, 2014 8:27 AM EDT

Crews are on the scene of a roadway collapse that happened Wednesday morning.

A man said his delivery truck got stuck on Industrial Drive in Walker when the road just gave way.

Industrial Drive is off Florida Boulevard west of Walker High School.

Witnesses said he was driving on a portion of roadway that crosses a drainage ditch, when the road gave out.

No injuries were reported.

Comment by KM on May 27, 2014 at 4:24am

Downtown Calgary Building Crumbling Before Our Eyes (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post Alberta  |  Posted: 05/26/2014 1:05 pm EDT  |  Updated: 05/26/2014 1:59 pm EDT

CALGARY — A hole measuring about six metres by four metres has appeared on the side of a downtown Calgary office building that's been shedding bricks from its facade since last week.

The gaping hole showed up Sunday evening when several large chunks of construction material let go from the Genco building.

There have been no reports of injuries, but the debris heavily damaged an Audi that had to be left in a parking lot when the problem began.

calgary building

Fire department battalion chief Ernie Molineaux expects the bricks will continue to tumble because of expansion and contraction caused by daytime heating and overnight cooling.

Molineaux told the Calgary Herald more bricks fell between 1 and 2 a.m. Monday.

"Until it's repaired these things will continue to happen," he said.

Molineaux says the building's owners and engineers will have to figure out how to solve the problem.

He told Metro Calgary it's likely crews will "have to strip the back of the building off."

Barricades, including shipping containers and concrete blocks, remain up to protect the public.

This is what the building looked like last week, when a passerby first noticed the bricks coming loose:

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 25, 2014 at 5:51am

Brunswick County road washes out creating large gap in roadway

Posted: May 24, 2014 7:41 AM EDT


A road washed out in Bolivia, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.  The washout created a gap in the roadway that is about 8ft wide, and 20 ft deep.

Members of the sheriff's office say Sunset Harbor Road is closed between Retreat Road and Zion Hill Road. They are asking people to avoid the area.

Officials say the road had been deteriorating for months and crews had been working on it before it washed out.

In initial reports, investigators said the washout was caused by a beaver dam that collapsed and created a surge of water. They say after investigating further they now believe it was caused by a water pipe that collapsed. They believe the old age of the pipe contributed to the collapse.

No one was injured and no homes were damaged.

Officials say they do not know how long it will take to repair the roadway.

Comment by Lynne Warbrooke on May 22, 2014 at 10:00pm

Manhattan sinkhole opens up

A Giant Sinkhole Just Opened Up in the Middle of ManhattanExpand

According to a tweet from @NYCityAlerts, a massive sinkhole has just opened up in lower Manhattan. The collapse was preceded by a water main break around 11am, flooding several restaurants including the famed Katz's Deli (don't worry, the pastrami is safe).

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 22, 2014 at 7:30am

Navajo Route 367 collapses in Upper Fruitland

Cause of collapse remains under investigation
By Noel Lyn Smith The Daily Times
UPDATED:   05/21/2014 07:35:11 PM MDT0 COMMENTS

Larry Roy stands next to the portion of Old N. 36 on Wednesday that collapsed over the weekend in Fruitland.
Larry Roy stands next to the portion of Old N. 36 on Wednesday that collapsed over the weekend in Fruitland. (Megan Farmer / The Daily Times)
Larry Roy shows cracks in a portion of Old N. 36 on Wednesday after it collapsed over the weekend in Fruitland.
Larry Roy shows cracks in a portion of Old N. 36 on Wednesday after it collapsed over the weekend in Fruitland. (Megan Farmer / The Daily Times)

UPPER FRUITLAND — A section of Navajo Route 367 that some residents worried would collapse finally cracked off and slid down a hill toward the San Juan River.

The road has been closed for more than a year because a section of it collapsed and another portion developed a large crack. And then another portion gave way last weekend.

"I already knew this was going to happen," said Upper Fruitland vice president Lenora Williams.

A road that once carried vehicle traffic is now a sloped jumble of sand, rock, asphalt and blue pipes.

Shiprock Irrigation supervisor Marlin Saggboy suspects the collapse happened Sunday night because irrigation personnel did not report any trouble over the weekend.

This section was repaved after construction of the Navajo Nation Municipal Pipeline, which supplies water to Farmington, Upper Fruitland, San Juan, Hogback, Nenahnezad and Shiprock.

The Bureau of Reclamation installed the pipeline and worked with the Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority to complete the repaving.

Williams said she made numerous attempts to have the road repaired and tried asking local chapters to address the situation but no avail.

She also wrote letters to the Bureau of Reclamation, NECA, the Navajo Nation Water Resources Department's Shiprock Irrigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Road Department.

"None of those entities came or sent a representative, only BIA Roads. I did make an attempt to meet with them to discuss this issue," Williams said.

An irrigation canal runs along the north side of Navajo Route 367. It was not damaged by the collapse, but only a narrow strip of land remains between canal and the damaged area.

The canal is approximately 40 miles long and travels through Nenahnezad, San Juan and Upper Fruitland chapters to supply water to farms that grow squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, corn and alfalfa.

The Navajo Nation assumed responsibility for the canal in 1962 after it was transferred by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Shiprock Irrigation supervisor Marlin Saggboy talks on Wednesday at the Upper Fruitland Chapter house about the collapse of Navajo Route 367 in Fruitland. (Megan Farmer / The Daily Times)

Saggboy said water service was turned off in an area north of Northern Edge Navajo Casino.

The shut-off will impact farm land located in Nenahnezad and San Juan chapters until repairs are made on Navajo Route 367, he said, then added that notices were sent to local chapters and announcements were made on the radio about the situation.

Saggboy said there will be a meeting today to discuss how to repair the road but officials from other entities could not provide further details. Efforts to reach BIA Roads Department officials in Shiprock for comment were unsuccessful.

Frank Smith, NECA construction manager, said the road construction was completed according to the design standards and there have been irrigation issues with that area in the past.

"We did some construction there but we are not the ones causing the problem," Smith said.

Doug Dockter, assistant construction engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation, said the cause of the collapse is under investigation and a geotechnical engineer was examining the area on Wednesday.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 20, 2014 at 12:20am

20 Persons Injured as Church Collapses in Bayelsa

19 May 2014

Twenty people are now lying critically ill  in various hospitals in Yenagoa,  the Bayelsa state capital,  following the collapse of a church  building  as a result of  heavy rain and storm that ravaged the city  Monday.

Those affected  were   working on a nearby building site when the rain drove them into the church premises for shelter.

They were under the make-shift structure of the new Generation Church identified as National Apostolic Church of Nigeria when the building collapsed on them,  leaving over 20 injured while about 30 others escaped unhurt.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 18, 2014 at 6:15am

Pyongyang unit block collapses on residents

An image released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows a c

An image released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows a construction officer apologising to residents following the serious accident at apartments in Phyongchon District, Pyongyang. Source: AFP

NORTH Korea's state media has reported an “unimaginable” accident at an apartment construction site in Pyongyang, which had resulted in an unspecified number of casualties.

South Korean officials said the incident involved the collapse of a 23-storey apartment building, which already accommodated close to 100 families.

It is extremely rare for North Korea to report negative news of this type, and the dispatch from the official KCNA news agency included equally rare apologies from top officials.

KCNA said the accident had occurred last Tuesday and was the result of “irresponsible” supervision by officials in charge of the construction.

An “intensive” emergency rescue effort had been carried out to rescue survivors and treat the wounded, it said.

The KCNA did not provide a death toll or elaborate on the cause of the collapse, but said it had left Pyongyang citizens “greatly shocked”.

The agency carried lengthy public apologies by senior officials including the Minister of People's Security, Choe Pu-Il.

“(Choe) repented of himself, saying that he failed to find out factors that can put at risk the lives and properties of the people and to take thoroughgoing measures, thereby causing an unimaginable accident,” it said.

A South Korean official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Seoul was aware of the incident which involved the collapse of a 23-storey apartment complex.

“It is common in North Korea that people move into a new apartment building before construction officially ends,” the official told AFP.

The official said 92 families were believed to be living in the collapsed building, and the final death toll was likely to be “considerable”.

About 2.5 million people — mostly political elites including senior party members or those with privileged background — are believed to live in Pyongyang.

Pyongyang residents are known to enjoy better access to electricity, food, goods and other services than those living elsewhere in the impoverished and isolated country.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 17, 2014 at 7:00pm

Three injured in south London building collapse


Building collapse in NorburyLondon Fire Brigade had to evacuate 14 people from inside the shop and flats

Three people were injured when the roof of a building collapsed in south London.

The Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade (LFB) were called to London Road in Norbury at 11:45 BST.

Three people suffered minor injuries, two of them were taken to hospital, one with head injuries and the second with a foot injury.

LFB said 14 people were evacuated from the building and part of London Road has been closed.

It is not yet known what caused the roof to collapse.

Met Police said the three-storey building, with a shop on the ground floor, had been deemed unsafe.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 16, 2014 at 9:45pm

Shoulder Of Highway 97 In Walnut Hill Collapses Into 50-Foot Deep Gully

May 15, 2014

A portion of Highway 97 in Walnut Hill has collapsed in an existing 50-foot deep gully.

The travel lanes of the highway are still intact at the site and the road is still open, just north of South Highway 99 and about mile south of Ernest Ward Middle School. But the shoulder of the road is now at the bottom of the gully.

It appears a large drainage pipe traveled under Highway 97 to the site of the collapse and then curved downward along the bank of the gully where it was designed to drain at the bottom. But the pipe apparently separated under the shoulder of the roadway, just beyond a guardrail, and blew out and undermined the shoulder of the road.

The collapse apparently happened during heavy rains late Wednesday afternoon and was discovered overnight.

Florida Department of Transportation contractor Transfield Services inspected the collapse Thursday morning and determined that it is safe for both lanes of Highway 97 to remain open.

Pictured above and below: A drainage pipe failed and a portion of the shoulder of Highway 97 collapsed into a 50-foot deep gully. The bottom photo shows the dirt from the roadway shoulder at the bottom of the gully. photos, click to enlarge.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 16, 2014 at 9:31pm

Updated: 4:52 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014 | Posted: 3:50 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014

Partial building collapse injures 2 workers


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Two workers were injured Thursday when an under construction building collapsed in Sandy Springs.

According to Sandy Springs police, the two workers were on top of the structure when it collapsed on Crestline Parkway. The workers fell approximately 15 to 20 feet.

Sandy Springs fire officials described the workers' injuries as minor to moderate. They were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik said the said the structure is a hotel under construction.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Sandy Springs Building Authority were called to the scene to investigate.

City officials are urging drivers to avoid the area if possible.

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