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 August 29, 2011 at 2:52pm

Irene: Tree Takes Out Amwell Road Power Lines

Closes portions of Amwell Road as well, though drivers are bypassing barriers.

A portion of Amwell Road Collapsed near a county bridge.


A tree alongside the Neshanic River is a cause of both road closures on Amwell Road and power outages for residents in the western part of town.

In addition to the tree hitting the power lines, the river has also flooded over the bridge, though residents in the area say it’s gone down since this morning. The county maintains the bridge over the river, according to Hillsborough Township Police Chief Paul Kaminsky and Mayor Gloria McCauley.

They estimated that the power went out in their area around 1 a.m., they said.

In addition, a county-maintained bridge over a culvert near Longhill Road suffered a minor collapse on one side of the road. The road, when not blocked-off, is still passable, since the collapsed portion is on the bridge shoulder.

County engineers are expected to be out inspecting both bridges, officials added.

At least one resident felt the storm was not as bad as expected.

“We made out pretty good,” Joe Liptack said. “We got a little bit of water in the cellar and then the driveway.”

Though water in his cellar was a concern, Liptack said he was also worried about his workplace. As a gardener for the Somerset County Parks Commission, he’s worried about the conditions in Colonial Park.

But for Liptack’s wife, Claire, the storm’s been the second of two events this week—she’s

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 29, 2011 at 2:49pm

Dam at Ravine Drive in Jeopardy, Officials Say; Road May Collapse

Ravine Drive is closed indefinitely, from Matawan Ave. to Wykoff Street 

A dam break threatens Ravine Drive alongside Lake Lefferts in Matawan on Sunday.

Rising waters from Hurricane Irene have caused a partial break in the dam on Lake Lefferts, along Matawan's Ravine Drive, forcing the borough to close a key portion of the road indefinitely.

Fire department personnel responded to the break. Fire Chief Zoltan Varsanyi described the activity as precautionary because the area still faced another wave of heavy rain and wind from the back end of the storm.

"Hurricane water is overflowing the lake; the dam can't hold it. The dam's failing," Washington Engine First Lt. Chris Lambrose said at the scene. "It washed out the road on Ravine Drive."

Borough Mayor Paul Buccellato and a county engineer were also on hand, assessing the extent of the damage. It was soon determined that Ravine Drive would have to remain closed between Matawan Ave. and Wykoff Street until further notice. Residents were being notified in automated phone calls from the borough, late into the afternoon.

"It's a major thoroughfare," Lambrose said. "It will definitely cut off a big chunk of the town."

The dam is scheduled to be part of a long-term $10-million reconstruction project, with costs split between Matawan Borough and Monmouth County. Discussing the project in January, County Engineer Joseph Ettore told The Independent that the 84-year-old concrete bridge over Ravine Drive at Lake Lefforts was not in urgent need of replacement but should logically be upgraded as part of the dam reconstruction. The bridge repair is to be covered by the county's $6 million share of the total cost.

"Looks like they're going to have to replace the dam," Lambrose said Sunday. "A little sooner than they thought."

Earlier in the morning, emergency responders reported making a "water rescue" at the scene, coming to the aid of an unidentified male who was not injured in the incident

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 29, 2011 at 2:45pm

Structures collapse after Fairfield Beach Road is pounded by Irene

Published 03:30 p.m., Sunday, August 28, 2011

FAIRFIELD –Three structures on Fairfield Beach Road collapsed as Hurricane Irene slammed into the town's beach area Sunday morning right as high tide rushed in.

Residents fled the area, most on Saturday, and officials were not immediately aware of whether anyone was injured or not during the storm.

The storm surge pushed the Long Island Sound waters more than a half-mile inland.

Water spread from the coast up as far as One Road Highway off of Reef Road, damaging numerous houses.

Fairfield emergency crews used jet skis to get to the site of one of the houses that collapsed around 1 p.m.

Police spokesman Sgt. Sue Lussier said rescues were underway at the Fairfield Beach Road area where several homes had already collapsed. She urged residents to stay away from the area

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 27, 2011 at 3:39am

Columbia St in Hudson closed after road collapse

Posted: Aug 25, 2011 9:22 PM EDT

HUDSON, NY (WTEN) - A street in Hudson is closed after a partial collapse on Thursday.

Columbia Street is currently closed after part of the road gave way.

The street was under construction and was down to one lane of traffic.

Hudson police say heavy rains may have caused the partial collapse, but an exact cause is unknown at this point.

Columbia Street will be closed until further notice.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 25, 2011 at 11:50pm

Five hurt in Kier school scaffold collapse


Five construction workers have been taken to hospital after scaffolding and cladding collapsed at a new academy building under construction in Shropshire.

The incident happened at around 4.25pm this afternoon at the Abraham Darby School on Ironbridge Road in the Madeley area of Telford where Kier Moss is main contractor on the £35m new academy job.

Two rapid response vehicles, four ambulances, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, the Hazardous Area Response Team and two paramedic managers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found a large metal structure that had been put up around the school had collapsed.

“At the time of the collapse a number of workman had been on the structure and had become injured as a result of the incident.

“In total, there were four serious injuries:

“A man in his 40s had suffered spinal injuries. He was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board and was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A man in his 50s had leg and chest injuries, a man in his 20s had abdominal injuries and another man in his 20s had back and pelvic injuries. All three were taken to Princess Royal Hospital in Telford which had been alerted to the possibility of a large number of patients.

“The final patient was a man who had minor injuries and was taken for a check up.

“The ambulance service worked with colleagues from the fire service to get all of the patients out of the wreckage of the collapsed structure. The structure was then searched to ensure there were no further patients.

“Despite the complexity of the incident and the difficult working conditions, all of the patients were on route to hospital within only an hour of the first 999 call.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 25, 2011 at 2:42am

Wall collapse at historic Mockingbird Valley Road home kills worker

Posted: Aug 23, 2011 11:40 PM EDT Updated: Aug 23, 2011 11:50 PM EDT
Rick Tonini Rick Tonini

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A day at work turns tragic when a wall caves in and kills a contractor fixing up a historic home in Mockingbird Valley.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office says 33-year-old James Laslie of Crestwood died from multiple blunt force injuries. He worked for Griffin Plumbing and Piping.

Tuesday afternoon Laslie was working on a home that is part of the Old Duncan Estate on Mockingbird Valley Road near Mellwood Avenue. "This home has been vacant for sometime," said Rick Tonini, spokesman for St. Matthews Fire Department.

"It can't be tore down so it is being refurbished," said Tonini. "It was in pretty bad shape when they started."

A few construction crews were there working on some repairs. Tonini says Laslie was working on waterproofing the basement and was using a backhoe. Laslie then stepped into a six foot deep trench to remove dirt. That's when Tonini says one of the three concrete walls surrounding a window collapsed.

"Apparently they undermined this three wall containment and when it did, it tilted away from the home and when it did it crushed the operator against the side wall of the open trench," said Tonini.

When EMS arrived they pronounced Laslie dead at the scene. A rescue quickly turned into a recovery and for nearly three hours, fire crews safely worked to remove the man's body.

OSHA and Louisville Metro Police were on the scene conducting investigations. No one else was hurt.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 24, 2011 at 12:42am
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 24, 2011 at 12:36am

Damage Reports Around the Area

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011  |  Updated 6:16 PM EDT
Damage Reports Around the Area

Kristen Johnson

Damage in Tysons Corner, Va.


In the wake of this afternoon's 5.9 quake, reports of damage have come from around the region.

A library at 15th and Euclid street N.W. suffered a partial roof collapse.

The National Cathedral suffered damage to its parapets (spire-like rooftop edging), and there is debris currently resting in the grass there. At least one of those peaks is noticeably missing its top. The Cathedral is currently closed.

Washington Reagan National Airport has some ceiling tiles down, although flights are still departing. Arrivals were temporarily suspended, but have resumed. Dulles has all flights coming and going; BWI has some delays, but none are severe.

A large water pipe broke at the Pentagon, causing considerable flooding in some corridors on the third and fourth floors of Ring A. The water has been shut off, but will be turned back on soon. A Pentagon official said that is the only damage they know about at this time.

Prince George's County says it has 37 schools with damage, and the County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro, Md., has a noticeable crack in wall. Four high-rise apartment buildings in the 3200 block of Curtis Drive in Hillcrest Heights, Md., were evacuated due to structural concerns, and a building at 3208 Curtis Drive has been condemned. Close to 250 people have been displaced. The county's Emergency Management team is openin

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 24, 2011 at 12:33am

PHOTO UPDATE: Minor damage reported in Franklin County


Earthquake damage in Fayetteville, Franklin County.


Earthquake damage in Fayetteville, Franklin County.

Reports of a partial collapse in Fayetteville have been confirmed by Franklin County Emergency Services.

An attic and roof suffered damage in the aftermath of the earthquake.  A neighboring house had a chimney collapse, blocking the road with debris.

There are also reports of minor damage to some other structures throughout the country.  They mention more reports of damage may come in once people get home from work.

*Note - The picture is just a representation, not an actual picture.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 24, 2011 at 12:31am

One person killed while working in trench

Posted: Aug 23, 2011 2:54 PM EDT Updated: Aug 23, 2011 4:51 PM EDT

Thanks to a grant from Norton Healthcare, this story and others are available in real-time closed captioning on WDRB.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- What appears to be a freak accident killed a man working on a house in Mockingbird Valley.

Emergency crews were called to a private residence on Mockingbird Valley Drive about 1:45 this afternoon.

A group of workers from Griffin Plumbing was trying to remove a concrete barrier from a window well when the concrete collapsed and crushed one worker.

Crews worked frantically to free the man, but he died at the scene.  His identity has not been released.

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