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 yesterday

Investigation launched into silo collapse

TARRYTOWN - New safety concerns are surfacing about the new Tappan Zee Bridge after a piece of equipment collapsed and brought construction to halt.

Three silos toppled like dominos on one of two floating concrete plant barges at the construction site yesterday. The silos, big tube-like structures, hold the raw materials that make up cement.

A spokesperson for Tappan Zee Constructors, the group that is building the new $3.9 billion bridge, says a failure in the one concrete storage silo tipped and caused two other silos on the barge to bend and collapse as well. Concrete pumping has been suspended at both plants.

Tappan Zee Constructors sent out a written statement that reads in part, "All workers are safe and representatives from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and engineers from TZC and the New York State Thruway Authority are on the scene assessing the situation. Safety and environmental stewardship are our top priorities as we continue to investigate this incident."

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, no cement spilled into the river.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo yesterday

5-Story Building Collapses Without Warning In Kenya

KENYA - Rescuers in Kenya are working frantically to save some people trapped after a five-story building collapsed.

The Kenyan Red Cross said at least seven people have been rescued from underneath all that rubble.

No word on how many are trapped or injured.

The Kenyan government said right now they aren't sure what caused the building to just collapse, but they will be investigating

Video link in article.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Tuesday

Narrow Escape for Burgeo Man after Highway Collapse
Monday , December 15 2014 | 1:59:49 PM

A highway worker from Burgeo was airlifted to hospital after being injured on the job when the highway collapsed around him.

The man was driving the Burgeo Highway early yesterday morning when the road collapsed beneath him. Area residents say the man crawled through his truck window to get back up onto the highway until he was found by another driver.

The 47-year-old was medevaced out of the area by a Cormorant some 12 hours after the accident. The road remains closed in the Tilt Brook area.

The washout has cut the town of Burgeo off, and according to town councillor Rick Blagdon says it could be a couple of days before there's a fix.


He says the town is entirely cut off which means people can't get to medical appointments, no mail will be delivered, and no groceries will be able to get in. Blagdon says if the province decides to put in a bailey bridge, then it will take two to three days to connect.

Blagdon says it's unclear if heavy rains or an aging culvert are to blame for the washout but he says it's just the latest in a series of problems with the road, with three washouts in the last year alone.


Blagdon says something more long-term needs to be done, because it's not normal to have someone driving and then the road collapse. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 11, 2014 at 11:23pm

Side of Essex House in Holyoke collapsed; city block evacuated

No injuries reported in collapse, section of High Street is closed

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – An entire city block in downtown Holyoke has been evacuated, due to the collapse of a multi-story section of the former Essex House hotel.

Holyoke Fire Capt. Anthony Cerruti told 22News that they received word of the collapse at the 400 High Street hotel at around 11:45 Thursday afternoon. No one was injured, but several stories on the north side of the building came down, and a large hole along the side of the building is clearly visible. Bricks from the building tumbled down to the ground and on top of a nearby building.

Cerruti said the Essex House has been deteriorating for a long time, and that there were plans in the works to knock it down. The structure was even the subject of a protest by local residents back in September, who said that it was a public hazard.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse told 22News that he has been advocating to get the building demolished, but that some members of the City Council had underestimated the risk of collapse.

“We had city councilors throughout this entire process discount the word of experts; the building department, the fire department, who said this would happen. It’s happened. Instead, they chose to say it wouldn’t happen and hadn’t happened in years; ‘what makes you think it’s going to happen now?’ And my job is to trust the experts. That’s what I did, that’s what the experts said happened,” Morse said.

A contractor had been hired to demolish the building in the next couple of days.

Jose Bou, the owner of the nearby Salsarengue Restaurant, said that he expected that this collapse would happen, but it was still a frightening experience.

“We heard the building shaking, we felt it, and the first time it wasn’t that loud, but the second time, it was really extremely loud and very hard. So we came out and we saw the building collapse,” Bou said.

Cerruti said that all of the buildings on the block (from Essex St. to Appleton St.) have had their utilities shut off, and that section of High Street will likely remain closed until the Essex House is demolished.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 10, 2014 at 12:29am

Building collapses, kills four

ByKIPKEMEI MARITIM09 December - 23:26

Building collapsed in Kuresoi, kiling four and scores of others injured. [Photo: Google images]

Four people died on Tuesday afternoon and more than 12 others injured after two storied building collapsed at Kuresoi town as workers inside it used a generator painting machine to paint the walls.

Kuresoi  police boss Francis Katau said the collapse may have been occasioned by poor construction planning but was quick to note that they were yet to find out the actual cause which made the building to collapse.

Police said the victims were hit by flying materials after the wall crashed onto the streets before the injured victims were pulled from debris and taken to hospital.

“We have called house construction experts to check on what may have caused the building to collapse,” said a police officer.

Witnesses said they heard a loud bang before the wall came down in the afternoon while workers were inside.

“Police officers dispersed crowds to facilitate the rescue of victims by using a crane, where the dead bodies were recovered while 12 others sustained major injuries and were rushed to Molo sub-county hospital,” said a witness.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 2, 2014 at 10:15pm

Building Collapses in Portsmouth, No Injuries Reported

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Crews are on scene of a building collapse in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison tells WSAZ the building is located at the corner of Court Street and Front Street.

It happened just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Chief Raison tells WSAZ there were people in the three story building, but they were able to escape when the collapse happened. They were "very fortunate" according to Raison.

Raison says the rest of the building that is still standing is unstable and will have to be brought down immediately. They are waiting on a crew to get to the scene to demolish the building.

Front Street and Court Street in the area of the building are both closed at this time.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 30, 2014 at 9:47pm

One dead, 7 injured in Ghaziabad building collapse

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 29, 2014 at 8:42pm

Puducherry heritage building collapses in rain

Updated: November 29, 2014 19:33 IST  

  • A view of the Mairie Building (Town Hall), which collapsed under the impact of incessant rains in Puducherry on Saturday. Photo: S.S. Kumar
    The HinduA view of the Mairie Building (Town Hall), which collapsed under the impact of incessant rains in Puducherry on Saturday. Photo: S.S. Kumar

The Mairie (French for town hall), which housed the Mayor’s office, functioned for over a century as the hub of municipal administration.

The 144-year-old Mairie Building, the seat of municipal administration in the French era and one of the prominent landmarks of Puducherry, caved in on a rain-hit Saturday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said the building collapsed at around 1.40 p.m.

There were no casualties.

“Nine workers who were engaged in restoration works were out for lunch when the structure collapsed,” said Mannadhan, the building watchman who was the first to report the incident to higher-ups.

The damage assessment carried out by a team of experts and Government officials has indicated that the entire structure would have to be built from scratch.

“We would inspect the other heritage and ancient buildings constructed during the French regime to ascertain their stability. The government is keen to restore all the heritage buildings in Puducherry,” said N.G. Pannirselvam, Local Administration Minister.

Built in 1870-71, the Mairie (French for town hall) building was an important part of an ensemble of sea-facing landmark structures, including the old lighthouse, the Chief Secretariat and the French

Consulate, that date back to a period of French colonial rule in this coastal town.

It was in 1674 that the French East India Company established a trade outpost here.

After a series of wars through the eighteenth century, primarily Anglo-French wars for possession, the town was continuously under French rule since the second decade of the 19th century, and remained

so even when the British gained control of the whole of India in the late 1850s.

The Mairie, which housed the Mayor’s office, functioned for over a century as the hub of municipal administration. In fact, it was in this building that the first attempt at democracy for Puducherry was tried out during 1870-1900 long before the first general elections were held in British India, according to Ashok Panda, co-convener, INTACH.

The Mairie also housed the Legislative Assembly of Puducherry for four years from 1964 (when the first general election was held in the wake of de jure transfer of power) before the Assembly was shifted to the

present premises in 1969. It also provided facility for marriages and other public functions.

For years, the building served as the office of the municipal administration department of the Puducherry Government. Many offices were relocated to a new complex in Kamban Kalai Arangam and the last

remaining registry office was shifted in 2012. Since then, the building has been kept vacant to undertake the restoration works.

It was earlier this year that a renovation plan was sanctioned under the Project Implementation Agency (PIA) of the Government with a Rs. 7.5 crore aid from the World Bank. The task was entrusted to the INTACH after taking technical advice of IIT, Madras, and Archaeological Survey of India.

A.K. Das, Project Manager, INTACH, told The Hindu that the exact cause for the collapse is yet to be ascertained.

“We have to sit with the government and make an assessment of the present situation,” he said.

At the moment, no one can hazard a guess as to what it would take or how much it would cost to rebuild and restore the Mairie to its original state.

The eastern and western façade of the two-storied building featured arcaded entrance verandahs on high plinth accessed by a broad flight of ornately designed granite steps, while the first floor featured

coloured galleries and a large ceremonial hall with wooden flooring.

The diverse architecture and aesthetic appeal, the very virtues that the Marie symbolised, will now poses a challenge of monumental proportions to any agency that is tasked with its restoration.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2014 at 6:46am

Cairo building collapse kills at least 17 people

Rescue teams are searching for survivors trapped under rubble in the western Cairo suburb of Matariya

Cairo suburb of Matariya building collapse
 Rescue workers and civilians search for survivors in the rubble of an eight-storey building in the Cairo suburb of Matariya. Photograph: Ahmed Abdel Fattah/AP

At least 17 people have been killed after a seven-storey building collapsed in the western Cairo suburb of Matariya.

Eight residents of the building were pulled out alive. Among the survivors was the son of the building owner who, witnesses said, jumped off a balcony. Others who remain trapped in the rubble are using mobile phones to call their neighbours, pleading for rescue.

Rescue teams are searching for survivors trapped under rubble, and several nearby buildings have been evacuated.

The collapse is believed to have been caused by unauthorised construction of several storeys on the old building.

Such collapses are common in Egypt, where shoddy construction is widespread in shantytowns, poor city neighbourhoods and rural areas. With a housing shortage and lax government oversight, developers seeking bigger profits frequently build without authorization.

Comment by KM on November 26, 2014 at 2:35am

The leaning towers of Shanghai: Tower blocks built two years ago for people forced to make way for new Disney theme park are now holding each other up 

  • Two 15-storey tower blocks in Shanghai, China, were built two years ago
  • Constructed for people relocated to make way for new Disney theme park
  • But residents say gap between blocks has disappeared and buildings are now touching
  • Crumbling  seen on the roof where two tower blocks are touching
  • But maintenance firm in charge of the buildings insists there is no problem

These pictures show the crumbling concrete at the top of two newly-built tower blocks in China - amid claims they are starting to topple towards each other.

The 15-storey blocks were built in Shanghai, eastern China two years ago to offer  to people relocated to make way for a Disney theme park.

But residents who live in the high-rise , in the Pudong New Area in Chuansha Town, say the original narrow gap between the buildings has disappeared and they are now touching.

Pictures show the crumbling concrete on two newly-built tower blocks in China - amid claims they are starting to topple towards each other

Pictures show the crumbling concrete on two newly-built tower blocks in China - amid claims they are starting to topple towards each other

The 15-storey blocks were built in Shanghai, eastern China two years ago to offer accommodation to people relocated to make way for a Disney theme park

The 15-storey blocks were built in Shanghai, eastern China two years ago to offer accommodation to people relocated to make way for a Disney theme park



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