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Old April 28th, 2008, 09:14 PM   #1
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Catastrophic collapses of architectural structures in Poland

Let us make a list of remarkable catastrophic collapses of architectural structures of any kind in Poland.

I know these:
* August 8th, 1991: collapse of Konstantynow Radio Mast during exchange of guy of upmost guy level
* January 28th, 2006: collapse of fair trade hall at Kattowice as result of high snow load. 60 persons killed

I assume, there were many other catastrophic collapses of structures in Poland and I assume, that many such accidents were tried to keep secret during communist era.

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Old April 28th, 2008, 09:47 PM   #2
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I just hope you are not planning another one

* April 17th, 1995. Gas explosion in a block of flats in Gdansk. 22 dead, 12 injured

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Old April 28th, 2008, 09:49 PM   #3
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I heard about one serious in 1966 in former Wrocław Agricultural Academy - 10 people died. And one detail - city name is Katowice, not Kattowitz.

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Old April 28th, 2008, 09:51 PM   #4
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I just hope you are not planning another one

* Wybuch gazu w wieżowcu w Gdańsku 17 kwietnia 1995. W wyniku katastrofy zginęły 22 osoby a 12 zostało rannych.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 10:01 PM   #5
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There was also a gas explosion in PKO Rotunda Bank (Warsaw, 1979) 49 killed and 110 injured. Does it count?
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Old April 28th, 2008, 10:16 PM   #6
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You can post any remarkable structural collapse, which occured in Poland. I believe it will be not easy, as during communist era one tried to keep such disasters if possible as secret as possible.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 10:44 PM   #7
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Keeping this info in English would help to understand it for Obelixx I believe.
but it is, you need to refresh your browser from time to time..
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Old April 28th, 2008, 10:49 PM   #8
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* April 17th, 1995. Gas explosion in a block of flats in Gdansk. 22 dead, 12 injured
But if I still remember well. tahat was not a collapsing, that was just an explosion, and the building was still standing after all. They just had to crush it after total damages of the block.
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the explosion crushed two floors into the basement.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #10
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There was a collapse of the main crane in Gdynia's shipyard in december 1999. It was destroyed by strong hurricane ( wind speed: 180 km/h). Fortunately it happened by night, so nobody gets hurt. I cant find any details about that crane, but I know that it's lifting capacity was 900 tons.

Here is a photo of the new crane, which is quite similar to collapsed one:



Its dimensions are: 106 meters tall, 153 meters wide, 3650 tons of weight and 1000 tons of lifting capacity. As far as I know the new one is just a ittle bit bigger than old one, so you can imagine size of that destroyed construction.
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That was really crass!
A crane, which can lift 900 tons can be considered as a strong structure. How did the storm destroy it? Was it knocked over? Was it destroyed by too strong wind-induced oscillations? Was it pushed by the storm just over the ends of the rails on which it runs into the sea?
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Old April 29th, 2008, 12:02 AM   #12
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the explosion crushed two floors into the basement.
Yes, indeed. 2 or 3 lowest floors were completely smashed.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 09:12 AM   #13
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That was really crass!
A crane, which can lift 900 tons can be considered as a strong structure. How did the storm destroy it? Was it knocked over? Was it destroyed by too strong wind-induced oscillations? Was it pushed by the storm just over the ends of the rails on which it runs into the sea?
It was pushed by the wind to the sea, the safety brakes didn't work and it run into the shipyard basin. It was very strange to get up next morning, look out through my window and.. wait.. where the f**k is the crane?!
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Old April 29th, 2008, 12:22 PM   #14
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Unfortunately obviously nobody filmed the crash of the crane at Gdynia.
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If so it never was published.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 09:20 PM   #16
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* April 17th, 1995. Gas explosion in a block of flats in Gdansk. 22 dead, 12 injured
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There were 11 floors including the ground one. In the picture we can see 8. 3 are missing.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 12:37 AM   #18
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Old April 30th, 2008, 12:47 AM   #19
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Hm, obviously collapsed as a result of the explosion the lowest three floors and the remaining upper 8 floors fall on the debris, but did not collapse. If I am correct, this was a really unexpected result of the gas explosion: one would more expect that either all floors remained intact, that the upmost floor(s) would collapse, that a part of the building would totally collapse or even the whole building would collapse.
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