Indonesia's "Golden Gate" bridge collapses

Large suspension bridge collapses in Indonesia

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People try to find other victims after a bride collapsed on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.

msnbc.com staff and news service reports:

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A busy bridge collapsed Saturday in central Indonesia, killing at least three people and injuring many more as a bus, cars and motorcycles crashed into the river below, police and witnesses said.

Capt. Syafii Nafsikin said search and rescue teams rushed to the scene.

The death toll could climb, he said, adding that many people were believed to be injured.

The bridge linking the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda in East Kalimantan province was clogged with traffic when the accident occurred, Syaiful, a witness, told local TV station TVOne.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 5, 2011 at 3:06pm

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Keeping Bali’s Bridges Safe
Precautionary Special Safety Audits Performed on Bali’s Bridges Following Bridge Collapse in Kalimantan

Bali News: Keeping Bali’s Bridges Safe

(12/5/2011)

Following the cataclysmic collapse of Indonesia’s largest suspension bridge in East Kalimantan on Saturday, November 26, 2011, that resulted in more than 21 deaths, officials nationwide are undertaking urgent reviews of construction and safety standards at major bridges.

Urged on by the tragedy in Kalimantan, provincial and regional officials in Bali have ordered that routine inspection and maintenance of the island's many bridges be intensified in order to reduce the chance of a repetition of last month’s fatal bridge failure.

Bali’s largest bridge, built during the administration of Governor Made Beratha in 2006, spans the Bangkung river connecting the south Bali region with the regions of Bangli and Buleleng.

Claimed to be the highest bridge in Southeast Asia, the Tukad Bangkung bridge's tallest pillar stands 71.14 meters high, supporting a bridge that is 350 meters long constructed using a balanced cantilever configuration.

Bali’s second longest bridge spans the Unda river in Klungkiung. A steel-framed bridge on the Jalan Tohpati – Kusumba route, the bridge is 300 meters long.

Bali’s governor confirmed to the press that a special team has been dispatched to both bridges to undertake an additional audit on bridge safety following the Kalimantan incident and verify the routine periodic tests already in place for all bridges in the province.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 4, 2011 at 4:32pm

http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/483141

Death Toll from Bridge Collapse in Indonesia Rises to 21
10 : 44 AM - 04/12/2011

akarta, Dec.4 (bNA) - Death toll from bridge collapse in Indonesia''s East Kalimantan province has increased to 21, a press statement from the Indonesian National Agency of Disaster Mitigation (BNPB) said.
"We found another victim of the collapsed bridge, making the total number of fatalities becomes 21," said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the Center of Data, Information and Public Relation at BNPB in the statement.
The country''s largest news portal detik.com reported that 22 people have been scrutinized as witnesses in the accident. However, police have not pointed any suspect yet.
The bridge collapsed last Saturday, at least 19 people are still missing

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2011 at 2:38pm

http://www.thestate.com/2011/11/27/2061191/death-toll-in-indonesian...

Death toll in Indonesian bridge collapse now at 11

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rescuers say the number of people killed when a bridge collapsed in central Indonesia has climbed to 11, with more than 30 others missing and feared dead.

Sunarbowo Sandi, head of the search-and-rescue team, said Monday some of the victims are believed trapped in buses and cars that crashed into the murky Mahakam river below.

The 770-yard (700-meter) structure - built to resemble the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco - collapsed over the weekend after a steel support cable snapped while repair work was being done.

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The 10-year-old bridge linked the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda in East Kalimantan province.

Sandi said so far 11 bodies have been pulled from the muddy waters, but that poor visibility has hampered efforts to locate the 33 still missing.

 

Comment by Alison on November 28, 2011 at 6:58am

My cousin in AUS says he has not seen anything about this in the news.

Comment by Alison on November 27, 2011 at 11:10pm

This is quite something. Your post is appreciated. I just came from an excursion to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. They had a new diplay showing the movement of land masses on earth projected onto a 3D globe but it stops in present time. I asked the guy why they don't project where things will go into the future... he didn't really have an answer but perhaps I got him thinking.

Comment by Carrie Stevenson on November 27, 2011 at 8:04am

Wow, incredible photos.  A story of things to come no doubt.

Comment by Planet Twelve on November 27, 2011 at 3:25am

Wow Starr!! This bridge is only 10 years old! This is evidence of movement on the Sunda Plate, the predicted subduction under the tipping Indo Australia Plate and also folding effects.

Thanks Starr. Zetas Right Again!!

Comment by Kojima on November 27, 2011 at 1:37am

Gambar:Kutai Kartanegara bridge.jpg - Wikipedia

Theindonesiatoday.com - Kutai Kartanegara Bridge connecting Tenggarong and Tenggarong Seberang in East Kalimantan collapsed Saturday (Nov 26). The bridge connects two of the biggest cities in East Kalimantan, Samarinda and Balikapapan. [Indonesia Today website reported]

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2011 at 7:48pm

and another in India in West Godavari

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2011 at 7:27pm

Here is the link to the blog body above.

http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/26/9035176-large-suspe...

The below picture wouldn't paste properly but here is the report that goes along with it.

A busy bridge collapsed Saturday in central Indonesia, killing at least three people and injuring many more as a bus, cars and motorcycles crashed into the river below, police and witnesses said.

Capt. Syafii Nafsikin said search and rescue teams rushed to the scene.

The death toll could climb, he said, adding that many people were believed to be injured.

The bridge linking the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda in East Kalimantan province was clogged with traffic when the accident occurred, Syaiful, a witness, told local TV station TVOne.

'Screaming'
He said he saw at least one bus and a dozen motorcycles plunge into the Mahakam river and survivors swimming to the shore in panic. Several cars were mangled.

"Everyone was screaming," said Syaiful, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

It wasn't immediately clear why the 10-year-old bridge collapsed.

The Indonesia Today website reported about 100 people were taken to hospital.

It carried a photograph that showed how a section of the large suspension bridge had fallen into the water.

The website said that the 0.6-mile bridge was known locally as "Kalimantan's Golden Gate Bridge."

Indonesia Today reported the bridge was built between 1995 and 2001 by state-owned construction firm PT Hutama Karya

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