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” 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 Monday

Baton Rouge firefighters respond to North Street club following building's collapse

August 9 2020

A building housing a night club on North Street partially collapsed late Sunday afternoon and lead to the building's tear down, Baton Rouge Fire officials said.  

Firefighters responded around 5 p.m. to Herson's Private Club in the 3400 block of North Street after part of the building's front and side collapsed.

No one was in the building at the time, and the club has been closed the past several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, said Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles. 

Investigators aren't sure why the building collapsed. 

Officials had to tear the building down because of safety concerns, Miles said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Saturday

8 people killed in building collapse in Egypt’s Delta city

August 7 2020

At least eight persons were killed after a five-storey building collapsed in the Egyptian Delta city of Mahala, state-run Ahram newspaper reported on Friday.

According to preliminary investigations, the building collapsed and other neighboring three houses cracked due to the digging work with heavy machines for installing sanitation pipes by a private company.

The front walls of the nearby houses were also damaged, the report added, noting that the security and health teams are still searching for more victims under the debris.

Three workers including the sub-contractor have been arrested on accusations of negligence and killing. Four other houses in the area were evacuated of inhabitants amid concern of probable collapse.

The Ministry of Solidarity orders a formation of a compensation committee and transferring the endangered families to a governmental youth dormitory.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 29, 2020 at 10:51pm

Shocking moment two pedestrians are swallowed by a sinkhole as pavement suddenly collapses in China

  • Terrifying footage shows two women tumbling into the giant sinkhole in China
  • The pedestrians were walking on a footpath before it suddenly ripped in half
  • Both of them survived the accident in Chongqing and suffered minor injuries
  • The collapse was reportedly caused by a landslide due to recent heavy rain

July 28 2020

This is the terrifying moment a giant sinkhole suddenly opened up on a Chinese street, swallowing two pedestrians.

Shocking footage shows the two female residents walking on the footpath next to a main road before tumbling into the deep pit as the pavement ripped in half in Chongqing.

Both women survived the accident with minor injuries after being rescued by firefighters, according to reports.

Officials believed that the collapse was caused by a landslide due to recent heavy rain in the region, reported Chinese media. A further investigation is said to be underway.

Traffic police said that they had sealed off the road after the incident occurred yesterday evening in Chongqing’s Wulong district.

Surveillance footage captures the shocking moment two female pedestrians were dropped into a giant sinkhole after the sidewalk suddenly collapsed.

Local firefighters are seen in the video searching for the residents in the debris after being called to the scene.

An onlooker can be heard saying: ‘You can’t even see them.’

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 19, 2020 at 10:40pm

Rains cause two deadly building collapses in India's Mumbai city

Heavy monsoon rains have claimed more than 200 lives across South Asia in the past month

At least eight people were killed in building collapses caused by heavy rain in the western Indian city of Mumbai.

Six people died when a six-storey residential building collapsed in south Mumbai, fire and police officials said. Two people were declared dead on Thursday evening, and rescuers pulled four more bodies from the rubble during the night.

Several people had been trapped under the debris and many more stranded in the portion left standing after the collapse, city fire chief P S Rahangdale said.

"The risk of secondary collapse can't be ruled out," he said.

Witness told local television stations that the dilapidated building was home to five or six families who had stayed on despite residents being advised to move out as it was under repair.

Another building collapsed in the western suburb of Malad earlier, killing two, including a child, and injuring several.

Weather officials had on Thursday upgraded an alert for Mumbai and surrounding areas from orange to red following intense rains in previous days.

The annual monsoon rains regularly cause old or poorly built structures in India's financial capital to collapse.

The eight people killed in Mumbai are among at least 221 who died as result of heavy monsoon rains across South Asia over the past month, officials said on Friday.

More than 1 million people have been marooned in Nepal, Bangladesh and India and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes for higher ground.

India's death toll stood at 101, including 16 people killed in floods and mudslides in the north-east. Nepal reported at least 117 deaths over the past month and Bangladesh reported three.

Rains caused the Brahmaputra River, which flows through Tibet, India and Bangladesh, to burst its banks in India's Assam state in late June, inundating large swathes of the state, triggering mudslides and displacing about 3.6 million people, officials said. Vast tracts are still underwater, with 26 of the state’s 33 districts badly affected.

Authorities rescued about 4,000 people trapped by the surging flood waters in various parts of Assam, said M S Mannivanan, chief of the state Disaster Management Authority. About 36,000 people whose homes were destroyed or submerged have taken shelter in nearly 300 government-run relief camps, he said.

The floods also inundated most of India’s Kaziranga National Park, home to an estimated 2,500 rare one-horned rhinos.

In the eastern state of Bihar, at least nine rivers swollen by heavy downpours in Nepal rose beyond their danger levels and flooded many villages. One of them, the Gandak River, swept away the connecting roads of a newly built multimillion dollar bridge in Gopalganj district, disrupting transportation in the area.

The Meteorological Centre in the state capital, Patna, forecast heavy rain over the next 48 hours.

Nepal’s Home Ministry said 117 people have died in monsoon-related incidents, including landslides in mountainous areas and flooding in the southern plains. At least 47 people were reported missing and 126 have been injured in the past month, it said.

In Bangladesh, the Ministry of Disaster and Relief said at least three people died and more than one million people were marooned since floods hit the country late last month. Officials said heavy rainfall and the onrush of river waters from upstream India were creating havoc in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 160 million people that is crossed by 230 rivers.

Bangladesh's Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said on Thursday that flooding could worsen at the beginning of next week because of growing devastation in the vast region along the Brahmaputra and Teesta rivers. It said the situation would remain unstable over the next two weeks, causing further suffering for affected people.

The monsoon rains that hit the region from June to September are crucial for crops planted during the season but often cause extensive damage.

Updated: July 17, 2020 12:55 PM

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 18, 2020 at 1:59am

Wall collapse at construction site on East Side

7 16 2020

The wall of the vacant five-story mixed residential and commercial building at 211 East 34th Street partially collapsed around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. A secondary collapse happened hours later.

Video from NewsCopter 7 and from an Eyewitness News camera on the ground showed a large portion of the side of the building had fallen. Debris was seen strewn outside the area which collapsed.

Hours later, officials said a second wall collapsed at the site. There were no injuries in that incident.

There was an ongoing excavation operation at the adjacent property, 209 3rd Avenue, in preparation for a new 35 story building.

The neighboring building, 213 E. 34th St, is being temporarily evacuated as a safety precaution.

34th street was closed between 2nd and 3rd Avenues because of FDNY activity. The Queens Midtown Tunnel exit was also closed.

The Department of Buildings was investigating what caused the collapse.

and another:

Wall collapse in Brooklyn forces evacuation of 3 buildings

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 3:57PM

GREENWOOD HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A section of wall collapsed off a Brooklyn home on Tuesday morning, prompting a full evacuation of three buildings.
It happened at a two-story semi-detached home on 17th Street in the Greenwood Heights section around 10 a.m.

No injuries were reported.
Department of Buildings inspectors determined that the exterior side wall had collapsed to the ground below. They also observed further cracking at the roof level.
A violation was issued to the building owner for failure to properly maintain the building.
A Full Vacate Order was also issued, and the owner was ordered to erect a construction fence around the property.
Additionally, two neighboring properties have also been issued vacate orders as the department continues its investigation into the structural stability of the initial building.
The American Red Cross has been called to the scene and is offering immediate relocation assistance to anyone affected.

The investigation is ongoing.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 25, 2020 at 6:22pm

Boy sees mum and two siblings crushed to death as building collapses in Italy

Thurs 25 June 2020

A young boy watched in horror as his mum and two younger siblings were crushed to death when a building collapsed. Fouzia Taofiq, 38, and her children Soulaymane Hannach were killed instantly by falling bricks and mortar in Albizzate, near Milan in Italy, yesterday. Fouzia’s 15-month-old daughter Yaoucut was pulled from the rubble and rushed to hospital, but sadly died shortly after the incident. The family were crushed when a decorative cornice measuring almost 230ft long suddenly fell from the old factory building, pulling a large part of the connecting wall down with it.

Another woman, 42, was also hit though he injuries are not believed to be life threatening. One witness told Reppublica: ‘Across the street was the eldest son of the dead woman. He was in tears, he asked about his mother.‘I took him to the supermarket until his dad, who was at work, arrived.’ Heartbroken dad and partner Noureddin Hannach, who works nearby as a mechanic, arrived at the scene as rescuers were still attempting to recover his family. He reportedly called the disturbing scene a ‘slaughterhouse’.‘I did not sleep… We were married since 2007.’ Mayor Mirko Zorzo, whose office is in the building, narrowly avoided being crushed in the collapse. He said: ‘I am upset, at the moment I do not feel like commenting much. I am talking with emergency services to reconstruct what happened.’ A supermarket and a pizzeria were also in the converted premises.A ‘twin’ building on the same street has been closed as a precautionary measure. Local prosecutors have opened a manslaughter investigation to determine if any person or organisation is to blame.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 15, 2020 at 4:25pm

Four-Storey Building Collapses In West Bengal, Disturbing Visuals Caught On Camera
Updated on Jun 15, 2020, 14:38 IST

The visuals have gone viral on social media; they show the building leaning to its front and then completely collapsing into a canal. One can hear cries of people who were in and around the area. Two of the building's top floors were detached from the rest during the collapse.

Fortunately, all the residents had vacated before the structure collapsed; they left as soon as they felt the building shaking while the canal was being dredged.

A four-storey residential building collapsed into a canal in Bengal's West Midnapore district on Saturday. According to officials no casualties were reported, as reported by Times Now.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 11, 2020 at 6:07am

Multi-Storey Residential Building Collapses At Night In Kericho Town (Photos)

June 10, 2020 | 12:23 am

It is a cold traumatizing Tuesday night for Kericho residents after a multi-storey in the County’s town area collapsed a few minutes past 7:30 pm.
The storied building, identified as Tebsview court, that has collapsed, 9th June 2020, is believed to have trapped more than 100 people. The Kenya Red Cross is already on ground undertaking rescue mission with police officers already deployed in the area to ensure security.

“Tebsview Building, owned by Kericho contractor Charles Chaglano collapsed slightly after 7:30 pm,” said Kericho Red Cross official Sofia Tuwei.

Search and rescue efforts are underway in Kericho town where a residential building has just collapsed.

Residents have blamed the building’s poor foundation and workmanship on the deadly collapse saying the storied residential building is built on a sinking pit.
Neighbors who gathered around the collapsed building reported that they had heard voices of people calling out for help from the rubbles.
Tebs View Court has 6 two-bedroomed houses according to neighbors and the residents had begun to notice signs of a likely collapse and had even reported to the owner.
It is reported that the Tebs View Court tenants were demanding to be evacuated by the building’s owner which is why the collapse found them still in the poorly constructed houses

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 24, 2020 at 9:32pm

Road Failure Hampers Blue Ridge Parkway Travel

May 22nd, 2020 5:05pm

Heavy rains during the past week have led to the collapse of a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, forcing the closure of the scenic byway from Milepost 112.4 to Milepost 135.9 in Virginia.
Within the closure area, a full road closure to all uses (including motor traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians) is in place from Milepost 121.4 at U.S. Route 220 to Milepost 135.9 at Adney Gap.
The largest hazard is a full road failure roughly 150 feet in length at Milepost 128. In addition, Parkway staff also discovered to two smaller slope failures that resulted in debris on the motor road at both Milepost 119 and 124. Concern remains for the stability of the hill and trees above the road in that area.
The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration will assess the issues and determine what repairs are needed. Geotechnical and roadway design experts will assess the roadway failures and make recommendations for repairs and restoration of access. The schedule for these repairs is currently unknown.
Specific information regarding daily closures, related to this project or for any other reason, is available on the Parkway’s Real Time Road Map, found at .

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 24, 2020 at 9:10pm

UPDATE: All east bound lanes of U.S. 460 closed near Narrows, Va

May 24 2020

A mudslide closed a portion of U.S. 460 in the Rich Creek – Narrows area of Giles County, Va. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, one westbound lane is closed and one eastbound lane is closed on U.S. 460 between Route 643 and Route 61. The mudslide happened about five miles east of the West Virginia state line.

and another in NC

NCDOT sets up detour after culvert failure causes partial lane collapse along US 64/74A

May 20 2020

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (FOX Carolina) -- NCDOT has set up a barricade on U.S. 64/74A around 7 miles away from Lake Lure after a culvert has failed and cause part of the lane to collapse.

Officials say the road is impassible.
The westbound detour uses Rainbow Rapids Road, Freeman Town Road and Bills Creek.
The eastbound detour goes the opposite.

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