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 Saturday

Vadodara: Three family members killed in building collapse

Jul 26, 2014 11:52 IST

Vadodara: Three members of a family, including a woman, were killed and another injured when a dilapidated building collapsed in Vadodara this morning following heavy rains. The family was residing in the three-storeyed building in Dandiya Bara locality which caved in after heavy rains last night.

Vinod Rao, District Collector, said, "It was an old building in dilapidated condition. The injured (an elderly woman) has been shifted to the SSG Hospital for treatment while the debris has been removed."

"Despite a notice being issued for repairing the building, no steps were taken to either repair it or shift the residents to another site," he said.

Representational image. Agencies

Representational image of an earlier building collapse in Mumbai. PTI

H J Tapariya, Chief Fire Officer, Vadodara Municipal Corporation, said the deceased were identified as V Vaidya (50), his wife Shweta (46) and their son Kunal (21). V Vaidya's mother, aged 82, was injured.

Meanwhile, as many as 710 people staying in low-lying areas here were shifted to safer places after heavy rain lashed the city, said K S Menat, Deputy Municipal Commissioner.

Vadodara recorded about 131 mm rainfall in just four hours last night, flooding low-lying areas, he said.

Meanwhile, efforts were continuing to trace the two persons, Suresh Rathodiya and Bharat Rathodiya, who were swept away in swollen Dhadhar River at Sokhda Raghu village in the district on Thursday, Menat said.

Comment by Mark on July 24, 2014 at 10:27am

Nigeria Also Questions the Quality of its Cement While Trying to Explain the Huge Number of Building Collapses They Are Experiencing

The ongoing war on cement grade followed the spate of building collapse. It is no longer news that several buildings have collapsed across the country killings hundreds of people and destroying property worth billions. The bulk of these ugly incidents have occurred in Lagos. Port Harcourt, Abuja, Owerri and recently Onitsha have also had their own incidents. 

    Today, there are few states in the federation that have not witnessed disastrous building collapses. No one knows where and when the next building would collapse and who would be the unfortunate victims. But it is emerging that most of the collapsed buildings are the newer structures; the older buildings are stable and unaffected.

    Initially, it was thought that the buildings collapsed due to heavy rain and flooding (most of the buildings caved in during the rainy season). But the trend shows that this is not true. Buildings have collapsed during the dry season. Besides, the bulk of the collapsed buildings were those under construction, which point to the materials being used or other engineering issues. What started as one off incident has assumed frightening dimension and threatening the entire building industry. It is an indication that something is wrong somewhere.

    Faced with such enigmatic and embarrassing situation, there was need to investigate the root of the problem. Government cannot fold its arms while innocent people are sent to their early graves. Although, cement is not the only material used in building construction, stakeholders in the building industry pointed accusing fingers at the cement quality manufactured in Nigeria.  The coalition of civil society groups and professional bodies in the building industry raised the alarm and alleged that cement is the culprit behind the spate of building collapse. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 23, 2014 at 11:00pm

Portion of New Underwood Road in Meade County collapses

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:34 am

RAPID CITY, S.D. - A big section of a rural Meade County road has collapsed. Over the weekend, a stretch of New Underwood Road fell away. It is 15 miles north of Interstate 90, the major north-south connector between I-90 and Highway 34.

New Underwood Road is the only asphalt connection between the northern part of South Dakota and Interstate 90 between Phillip and Sturgis. It is a well-traveled route to the oil fields and sees a lot of reservation traffic. The road was built in 1990. Engineers suspect the shale under the road expanded with all the spring moisture and is now contracting as it dries out.

Ken McGirr, Meade County Highway Superintendent says, "What I see is an unbudgeted expense. At this point, we have no idea what this will cost us, what the cure is. Our engineers are going to work on it. We may need to just flat move the road over to the west away from this."

McGirr says 700 to 800 cars pass on this road every day. In the next couple of days, he will close New Underwood road to all but local traffic. It will be strictly enforced. And he expects it to stay closed through the winter.

Fixing the sink hole is now Meade County's main priority. McGirr guesses it will cost well over $1 million to fix.

Comment by Mark on July 23, 2014 at 5:10pm

Nigeria Struggles to Explain Building Collapses: blame given to 'Quacks' as not a single person has been found at fault in 130 investigations


A group, Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), has blamed quacks or use of wrong professionals for virtually all the buildings that have collapsed in the country.

The blame was made by a civil engineer, Friday Chukwu, at a press conference organised by the BCPG at the secretariat of Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State.

While noting that building collapse has become a recurring decimal in Nigeria, Chukwu pointed out that in Lagos alone, more than 140 building collapse incidences have been reported over the past seven years, saying that is an average of 20 reported incidences per year.

According to him, “The causes of building collapse range from design lapses to poor construction practices through inadequate quality of construction materials to even wrong use of the facility, among other factors.

“As we all know, the best design in the world is worthless if it is not faithfully implemented at the site. We find that everyone who holds a trowel and a spirit level in his hands, for instance, is automatically called ‘engineer’ at site.

“The issue of premature loading must also be mentioned. Sometimes on our sites, contractors or developers or owners are in such a hurry that newly cast concrete is often not allowed to cure sufficiently and attain reasonable strength before being loaded.

“The BCPG came on board, having identified the above issues with individual and collective determination to fight the menace of building collapse.

‘Thee BCPG is a coalition of professionals from the seven built environment professions with the common objective to identify, inform, act against building collapse in Nigeria as well as push for use of professionals and the stamping out of quacks in the built environment sector.

“The panel of inquiry instituted by the Lagos State Government on building collapse last disclosed in their report that in over 130 building collapse cases investigated, no professional was indicted in any of the collapse incidences.

“This means that quacks or use of wrong professionals has been responsible for these collapses and they have been denting our image,” Chukwu said.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on July 20, 2014 at 3:32am

Prison roof in Texas collapses, 19 inmates injured

Lufkin Police and Texas DPS officers work to secure the backside of the Diboll Correctional Facility on July 19, 2014.

DIBOLL, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals.

One of those inmates was later airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after the Saturday collapse at Diboll Correctional Center, about 100 miles northeast of Houston. Neither his identity nor his condition has been released.

In a statement, a prison spokesman said the other inmates suffered cuts and bruises when wallboard fell from the ceiling of a housing area at the prison about 11:30 a.m.

Spokesman Issa Arnita said 86 inmates were in the area when the ceiling material fell. He said officials are trying to determine the cause.

The 518-bed minimum-security facility is operated by Centerville, Utah-based Management & Training Corp.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 18, 2014 at 10:49pm

Three people were reportedly killed and 11 injured on Friday when the roof of a building in China collapsed, when people were taking shelter from heavy rain.

SHENZHEN: Three people were reportedly killed and 11 injured on Friday when the roof of a building in China collapsed in heavy rain.

According to Chinese media outlets Nfdaily and China News, the roof collapsed on a bank in Shenzhen at about 11.30am on Friday. At the time of the incident, there were between 20 and 30 people taking shelter from heavy rain at the entrance of the bank. reported that eight of those reported hurt sustained minor injuries.

CCTV also reported that rescuers were still searching for victims.

China on Friday braced for Super Typhoon Rammasun heading for its southern coast after the storm left a trail of destruction and at least 54 dead in the Philippines.

Xinhua said Rammasun was expected to be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 16, 2014 at 7:26pm

Mumbai: Two person was killed after a portion of a slab of a four-storeyed building collapsed at Kakaji Nagar’s Prasad shopping centre in suburban Goregaon West on Tuesday, a Municipal Corporation…
Comment by KM on July 16, 2014 at 3:06pm

Derelict seven-story building collapses in West London showering road in rubble and leaving Tube station with no power

  • Part of 125ft high office block in Hounslow High Street collapsed suddenly
  • Hounslow West Tube Station left without power following rush-hour incident
  • No injuries reported despite debris being thrown onto road and bus station
  • Block was scheduled for demolition but collapse thought to be an accident


A derelict seven-storey building collapsed suddenly onto a busy street in West London leaving a Tube station without power and forcing the evacuation of a bus station. 

Witnesses have told how it sounded ‘like a bomb going off’ when part of the 125ft high office block in Hounslow High Street fell to the ground – showering a busy road in rubble – yesterday afternoon.

Hounslow West Tube Station was left without power during rush hour following the incident and a nearby bus station had to be evacuated by police over concerns for safety.

Witnesses said it sounded 'like a bomb going off' when part of the 125ft high office block in Hounslow High Street fell to the ground - showering a road in rubble and cutting off the power supply to Hounslow West Tube

Witnesses said it sounded 'like a bomb going off' when part of the 125ft high office block in Hounslow High Street fell to the ground - showering a road in rubble and cutting off the power supply to Hounslow West Tube

Part of the seven-storey office block's front was left hanging off at an awkward angle and debris was left strewn across the main road following the incident which is believed to have been a sudden accident

Part of the seven-storey office block's front was left hanging off at an awkward angle and debris was left strewn across the main road following the incident which is believed to have been a sudden accident

Despite Hounslow House being scheduled for demolition, it is thought the huge collapse was an accident which may have been caused by a crane plunging into the front of it

Part of the office block’s front was left hanging off at an awkward angle and debris was left strewn across the main road following the incident.

Sam Gibbs, who was just yards from the building as it collapsed, described it as ‘terrifying’.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2014 at 11:37am

Video: Several Dead and Injured After Collapse of Three Residential Buildings in Casablanca

Three Buildings collapsed early on Friday morning in Borgogne neighborhood in Casablanca.

The accident has reportedly claimed the life of several people, at time when members of the fire department (Protection Civile) are battling to save more lives from under the rubble.

More than 70 people are reportedly under the rubble. The accident, which took everybody by surprise, happened an hour before dawn while people were sleeping. Two of the buildings were completely flattened.

Dozens of police cars and fire trucks were dispatched to the scene of the accident to rescue the victims and determine the cause of the collapse.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2014 at 1:45am

School Building Collapses In Osun State, Two Injured

A Mega School in Osun State has collapsed injuring two people in the process. The incident which occurred around 6.05 am on Wednesday, 9th of July, 2014, threw the entire community into pandemonium after the sound of a loud bang was heard when the building, which is the main hall of the newly completed school, caved in.
            Reacting to the incident, the government said it regrets to inform members of the public about the  incident of the collapse of the main hall of the newly completed ultramodern High School, Ejigbo, but it should be of note that all necessary quality assurance tests were carried out to ensure structural durability and integrity of the project, just as in all other projects under its administration, a statement from teh Director, Bureau of Communications and strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon read.




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