Kazakhstan: 5 story building collapse in Karaganda


06.04.12. According to the Department of Emergency Situations of Karaganda oblast, building No.7 of Bessoba region collapsed at 10:55 a.m.

The 5-storied building had 8 entrances, four of them collapsed. The total number of apartments in the building is 120, Tengrinews.kz reports. According to the preliminary information, 65 apartments collapsed. Residents had moved in into 38 of them, the 27 were still unoccupied.

17 apartments in the collapsed building were awarded as part of the state housing program. Where as many of the mortgages were issued by Eurasian Bank.

According to Karaganda Emergency Situations Department, 100-percent of people had been evacuated from the building. Property had been moved out from these 120 apartments before the collapse. The total of 111 people were evacuated.

Before the collapse the building was tilting to one side for several days. Starting with a small crack the inadmissible deviation of the building's corners reached 720 mm between April 1 and April 5.

The multi-apartment residential building, constructed at the cost of the interest participants (future owners), was put into operation in 2009. The building started cracking because of displacement of the main structures. A state of emergency was introduced in the building. The residents were evacuated.


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Comment by Andrey Eroshin on April 10, 2012 at 12:43pm

Because sinkhole can be only under one building.

Comment by Nancy Lieder on April 10, 2012 at 12:36pm


if the elastic on your pants wears out and finally snaps, it is not EVERY inch on that elastic that snaps and separate, it is certain places, weak point, that give.

Same with rock layers and the like. Weak point break first. Sinkholes happen in places, not the whole state at once. Crevasses very much happen in places, pulling apart while the sides of the crevasse are firm.

Comment by Nancy Lieder on April 9, 2012 at 3:10pm

There was booming in this region couple months ago, the stretch. Imploding buildings as the Zetas predicted! In the stretch zones.

Comment by Andrew Veresay on April 9, 2012 at 2:58pm

its a miracle that noone died or was hurt..

Comment by Stanislav on April 9, 2012 at 2:56pm

This is not a gas explosion! Then what?

Thanks Andrey!

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