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 Wednesday

High waters cause parts of Hwy. 12 to collapse into ocean

High waters cause parts of Hwy. 12 to collapse into ocean


The high waters caused parts of Highway 12 (at the Outer Banks) to fall into the ocean. The rising flood waters caused significant damage in Kitty Hawk. There's no time frame as to when the highway will be fixed and re-opened.

Highway 12, locally known as Beach Road, is the main road for access to the beachfront on the Outer Banks. Over the last few days, Eastern North Carolina has seen high tides and severe rainfall which has caused damage to the area

After the high levels of water knocked out the dunes, the road collapsed because the water eroded the sand underneath.

Monte Adams has owned his home in Kitty Hawk for the last 24 years. He says the beachfront area is completely changed.

“See those waves, they used to be beach at least 100 to 75 yards and in the last two to three years it’s kind of turned into this," Adams said..........

Comment by M. Difato on Sunday

Oct 3,2015   Seven people were killed and two others wounded late Saturday when four floors of a residential building collapsed in Cairo's working class Shubra district, MENA reported. Head of civil protection, Gamal Halawa, said that the property owner was making renovations to the building that caused the collapse. Collaspe of Residential building kills 7 and injures 2 in Cairo’s Shubra Earlier in September, four people died in a similar incident when a dilapidated building collapsed in the governorate of Assiut, south of Cairo. It is not uncommon for buildings to collapse in Egypt, often due to their age, illegal additions, and failure to comply with building regulations.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 3, 2015 at 6:38am

Building collapses on Lawrenceburg Public Square

Posted: Oct 02, 2015 2:37 PM EST Updated: Oct 02, 2015 5:58 PM EST

Emergency crews responded to a building collapse on Lawrenceburg Public Square Friday afternoon.

One person was trapped inside, but workers were able to rescue him.

A witness told Channel 4 the collapse happened just after 1 p.m. Friday. He said the building was under renovation.

“Heard this crashing sound, sounded like a train wreck,” said Nathan Hennessy, a witness. “I actually had to run back because I was afraid it would fall back on me. All I heard was the sound of glass breaking and car alarms.

“Yeah, it was terrible,” Hennessy added.

Three people were working inside the building when one of them said he heard a loud “pop.” Two of the workers were able to get out of the building, but one was trapped inside.

Jason Perry, the man who was trapped inside, told Channel 4 that the tornado drills he learned in schools helped save his life.

The building collapse crushed some empty cars in a nearby parking lot. Pieces of rubble also fell on a man driving by. He was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

There’s no word on what caused the collapse.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 1, 2015 at 2:28am

Condominiums suffer partial building collapse

Updated September 30, 2015 5:44 PM

A brick facade on one of the buildings at Mountain View Condominiums caused damage to some gas and electric meters. (5:39 PM)

VALLEY COTTAGE - A partial building collapse in Valley Cottage startled condo residents last night.

Police say a brick facade on one of the buildings at Mountain View Condominiums in Valley Cottage fell just after 9 p.m. last night. "We were sitting in the living room and all of a sudden we heard this terrible crash and we looked out and saw all of these blocks out on the lawn," says Fran Lamparelli.

They say the falling bricks caused damage to some gas and electric meters. As a result of the damage, 16 units were without gas for the evening, and eight units were without both gas and electric. Orange and Rockland responded to the scene to repair gas line and electrical boxes. Eight of the units were still without gas or electricity today.

The complex managers says they hope to have all service restored by tomorrow.

No one was displaced or hurt.

Crews respond to workers trapped in collapsed trench in West Fargo

The workers, from All Finish Concrete of Moorhead, were setting up forms to pour the footings for the new home of a business called EZ Open Garage Door, according to West Fargo officials.

The trench was more like a large pit 15 feet deep and about 34 feet wide at its narrowest, dug on the south side of a half-finished building. The worker with the most-serious injury had been in the pit near a 2-foot-by-10-foot panel in a concrete form. When the north wall of the trench sloughed off, it caused the panel to turn on its side and apparently break his shin and calf bones.

And another:

Residents Link Age, Earthquakes To Building Collapse

Posted: Sep 30, 2015 5:57 PM EST Updated: Sep 30, 2015 5:57 PM EST

CUSHING, Oklahoma -

Officials and residents in Cushing are still looking for answers after a downtown building suddenly collapsed Tuesday night.

The building, on the corner of Noble Avenue and Broadway Street, was formerly home to a few apartments and a variety store named “Boy Howdy.” Residents said the building had been empty and neglected for several years.

“It's been kind of a landmark over the years. You hate to lose any buildings, any structures in your downtown area,” Cushing Emergency Management Services director Bob Noltensmeyer said.

The building suffered major damage to the southeastern corner. The roof collapsed inward forcing the eastern wall to crumble into the street. Crews later came to knock down what was left of the corner for public safety.

City officials said Wednesday it was too early to tell what caused the roof to collapse. But they do say it was an old building that needed repairs. Noltensmeyer estimated it was built during the 1920s. Others, however, were not so sure that's really all there is too it

“We've had lots of earthquakes and it is a real old building,” Mary Ellis said.

Ellis, who lives in Cushing, says she was a frequent customer at Boy Howdy and was sad to see the building go.

So far in September, 27 earthquakes above a 2.5 magnitude have been reported in Cushing, according to the United States Geological Survey. The largest quake topped out at 4.1. That earthquake was closely followed by the closing of oil waste water wells just outside town. Some residents have also reported cracks in other older buildings around town.

Noltensmeyer said the new owner is from Tulsa and has a decision ahead of him on whether he will keep the building, sell the brick or tear down the structure all together.

And another:

Partial Building Collapse at Brookland Capital Site on Washington in Prospect Heights

09/30/15 3:13pm

The roof of an under-construction building at 658 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights collapsed around 9 a.m. this morning. No injuries have been reported.

DOB records confirm the collapse and building evacuation at the already long-vacant structure. The fire department called for the DOB to inspect the site “due to roof collapse of building under permitted alteration.” Above, the site in 2014.

The old brick building at the corner of Washington and Bergen is one of many properties owned by prolific Brooklyn developer Brookland Capital. The developer also owns, and is building on, the adjacent lots at 731, 733, 735 and 737 Bergen Street.

Brookland Capital purchased 658 Washington from the Church of God Victory in September of 2013 for $1,600,000, according to data accessed via Reonomy. The developer focuses on constructing small and medium-sized condo buildings. It has more than 40 projects under way in Brooklyn.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 29, 2015 at 7:23am

Fatal trench collapse reported behind care home in Penn Township, Butler County

UPDATED 11:20 PM EDT Sep 28, 2015

PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. —One person died in a trench collapse Monday afternoon in Penn Township, Butler County.

The 21-year-old victim worked for Rooter Man who was contracted by Shelbourne Personal Care home on Dinnerbell Road to work on a sewer line behind the building

Technical rescue teams from Butler and Mercer counties assisted in the rescue.

According to the Middlesex police chief, the trench is just over 11 feet deep and crews had to go bucket-by-bucket to remove dirt to get to the body.

The cause of the accident is not yet known, but a member of the technical rescue crew told Pittsburgh's Action News 4 the ditch was not shored.

The victim's name has not yet been released.

OSHA is investigating the accident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 29, 2015 at 7:10am

Heavy rains blamed for parking lot collapse in Boone

BOONE, N.C. -- The continuous rain is being blamed for the partial collapse of a parking lot in Boone.

It happened early Monday morning behind a converted gas station which houses two businesses along Highway 321 and 105.

"There is probably no better place for that wall to have fallen, because it fell right in the safest spot for it to fall," said Max Smith, owner of Red Gremlin Design Studio.

"If it would have been 15 feet right, it would have crushed the other building, 15 feet to the left, it would have crushed the building beside it," he said.

James Maltba, the property's rental manager, says engineers assessed the damage and determined what's left will have to be torn down.

He estimates the parking lot used by a number of businesses has been standing tall for at least 40 years.

"It's been a good stable wall. It's got a lot of structural support," he pointed.

Maltba also runs his directory business from the building, spared by the avalanche of mud and concrete.

He says the building did not sustain any damages, and items were moved from the back of the building in case the remaining wall falls down.

Homeless veteran, Randy Langdon, tells NBC Charlotte he was sleeping behind the building when he heard "popping" noises.

He suspects he heard the sound of the rebar giving way. He considers himself very fortunate he was not hurt.

"Just amazing. God was on my side."

Crews have since brought in hay to lay over the dirt to combat soil erosion and to keep the mud from washing onto the highway.

Comment by Mark on September 26, 2015 at 6:57am

Another building collapses in Lagos, casualties unknown

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) says it was yet to determine the number of casualties in Tuesday building collapse in Lekki area of the state.

Mr Michael Akindele, the General Manager of the agency, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the scene of the incident.

NAN reports that the collapsed building was located at 37 Agungi/Ajiran Road, Osapa London, Lekki in Eti-Osa Local Government Area.

“As l speak, l cannot ascertain whether there is anybody trapped, dead or alive, until when we conclude the search and rescue mission.

“For now, we are still on rescue mission to ensure that there is no life under the debris.

“Until we get to the zero level before we can make any further pronouncement,’’ he said.

He, however, said that the agency would conduct investigation to determine the quality of materials used to construct the building.

“As at August 11, the three buildings under construction here were marked by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the contractors served appropriately to stop construction.

“This collapse is out of defiance; however, necessary investigations will be done by appropriate agency after which it will act appropriately.

“LASEMA is here on search and rescue mission,’’ he said.

Akindele explained that before officials of the agency arrived at the scene, two people have already been rescue alive.

He said the agency was informed that the construction workers were already out before the collapse but that motorcycle rider sleep there.

He said his officials would do their best to ensure anybody who was trapped in the building was rescued.

A witness at the scene said that four people were still trapped while two persons were rescued before the arrival of emergency officials.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 24, 2015 at 9:22pm

1 Dead After Building Collapses in Chicago

Authorities say a person remains trapped after a building partially collapsed on Chicago's Near South Side

Sept 24 2015

A person was killed Thursday afternoon after a building partially collapsed on Chicago's Near South Side.

Just after 12 p.m., the Chicago Fire Department was attempting to stabilize the building at 505 E. Pershing Road in the Bronzeville neighborhood in order to free a person who had been trapped after the structure's roof came crashing down.

A little over an hour later, CFD confirmed one person was found dead in the wreckage. Information has not been released as to what caused the unexpected collapse or the victim's identity.

Video from NBC 5's helicopter showed numerous firefighters, paramedics and an ambulance on the scene among the rubble.

Authorities said the building is extremely unstable.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 23, 2015 at 8:13am

One dies in building collapse in Vietnam's capital city

2015-09-22 19:51:08


Rescuers work at the site of a building collapse in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, Sept. 22, 2015. One person has been reported dead in an old building collapse in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon, local media VNExpress reported. (Xinhua/VNA)

HANOI, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- One person has been reported dead in an old building collapse in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon, local media VNExpress reported.

Meanwhile, according to Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA, there were nearly 20 people staying in the two-storey building during the time it collapsed. Some 15 were rescued with five of them suffering serious injuries.

At least two other people were still being trapped, said VNA.

Rescue work is still underway while relevant authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

The building has been used by Vietnam Railway Company since 1955 and has undergone several upgrades.

Vietnam's capital Hanoi has been suffering heavy rain since Monday night.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 22, 2015 at 11:42pm

Retaining wall collapses near 3rd Street tunnel project

WASHINGTON — Part of a retaining wall at the 3rd Street Tunnel project collapsed Tuesday morning, causing delays northbound.

The ramp to Massachusetts Avenue is closed. D.C. Department of Transportation spokesman Terry Owens tells WTOP that part of a retaining wall has collapsed.

The collapse occurred in the area of the long-term 3rd Street Tunnel project.

He says as far as he knows, no one was hurt and no cars were damaged.

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