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Old November 23rd, 2006, 02:38 PM   #21
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^October 11. It was old building.
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 02:41 PM   #22
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btw. not western, but northern. it's on the border with finland.
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Old November 28th, 2006, 05:55 AM   #23
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The United States is not immune from collapses as well:

Hyatt Regency walkway collapse
The Hyatt Regency hotel walkway collapse was a major disaster that occurred on July 17, 1981 in Kansas City, Missouri, killing 114 people and injuring more than 200 others during a tea dance.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyatt_R...lkway_collapse

Also in Kansas City-Kemper Arena roof collapse:

1979 Roof Collapse
On June 4, 1979, a major storm with 70 mph winds and heavy rains at 6:45 p.m. caused a portion of Kemper Arena's roof to collapse. Since the Arena was not in use at the time, no one was injured.

The collapse -- three years after the hall had hosted the 1976 Republican National Convention -- along with another Kansas City structural failure -- the 1981 Hyatt Regency walkway collapse -- shocked the city and the architecture world.

The American Institute of Architects had given the building an "Honor" award in 1976[1] and thousands of its members were at its annual national conference there less than 24 hours before the 1979 collapse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kemper_..._Roof_Collapse

West Virginia: Willow island cooling tower collapse:

The Willow Island, West Virginia cooling tower collapsed while under construction on April 27, 1978, killed 51 workers in the worst construction disaster in U. S. history
http://www.eng.uab.edu/cee/faculty/n...ect/Willow.htm

Boston: Boston molasses disaster:

The Boston Molasses Disaster (also known as the Great Molasses Flood or The Great Boston Molasses Tragedy) occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, United States. A large molasses (treacle) tank burst and a wave of molasses ran through the streets at an estimated 35 MPH (56 km/h), killing twenty-one and injuring 150 others
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Molasses_Disaster

The terrace at the Lonz winery in Middle Bass Island Ohio collapsed and plunged 25 feet into a cellar taking 100 people with it in 2000. The only person killed though was a Columbus man who worked at the same place I did at the time.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 03:11 AM   #24
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i think the 2 reasons of building-collapses are

1) too old
2) bad engineering

there are so many building contractors who try to cut costs just to get the job... and the easiest way to do that is to use cheap material...

if you think better about it this is the reason of many terrible incidents...

People try to live cheap, they eat cheap, everything has to be cheap... the result:

buildings are collapsing, cows are getting mad,...
I know this response is to an old message, but there are more reasons for building collapses than just those two.

During the 1960s and 70s, a lot of bridges around the world were badly maintained, particularly notable in the US. Maintenance is extremely important, and any structure that goes without any maintenance for an extensive period of time will begin to fail. There were a couple of bridges that actually did collapse in the US during this period for this reason.

Even more sinister reasons for building failure is notable in Seoul in 1995, when a department store collapse killed 500 people, when the building had only been constructed in 1989. Many corners were cut during construction to save money, and corruption was occurring.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 08:03 AM   #25
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Anger drives new S.Korean film inspired by collapse of department building that killed 501
By MIN LEE
12 October 2006

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) - The makers of the new South Korean movie "Traces of Love," inspired by the deadly collapse of a Seoul department store in 1995, said Thursday they were driven by anger over the incident that killed 501 people.

"I did feel anger about the fact that ridiculous things happen, that incidents that are unacceptable happen in life," director Kim Dae-seung said after the movie's world premiere at the Pusan International Film Festival.

"I felt the collapse of the Sampoong Department Store was a ridiculous incident that should not have happened in a civilized society," he said.

Leading man Yu Ji-tae, who was featured in the Cannes-honored film "Old Boy," said he was angered by commercial opposition to his suggestion that a memorial be built on the site of the collapse which now houses upscale apartment buildings.

Some people were opposed to the idea because they thought it would be a waste of prime real estate land, Yu said.

"I was very, very angry and infuriated by that kind of attitude and also the kind of education that teaches us money should be valued above everything else. I had that anger and that fury and I tried to express it when I was acting," he said.

In the film, which also stars Kim Ji-soo and Uhm Ji-won, Yu plays a prosecutor who recovers from the loss of his fiancee who dies when the building collapses.

The building's owner was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for negligence as a result of the collapse.

Twelve city officials were also convicted of taking bribes in exchange for allowing illegal design changes and slipshod construction of the shopping mall.

The collapse led to a fire that burned for two days, and some human remains were so badly damaged they couldn't be identified.

Director Kim said it was hard to portray anger in a melodrama.

"I thought I'd focus on the people whose hearts were broken by this incident, whose lives were drastically changed by this incident."

Personal tragedy and healing are common themes in Kim's movies. He's adept at portraying pure, touching romances that are interrupted by personal tragedy, leaving his characters haunted by profound loss.

His debut film "Bungee Jumping of Their Own" is about a secondary school teacher who suffers emotional upheaval after he realizes one of his students is a reincarnation of his old lover, who was killed in a car crash.
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Old December 12th, 2006, 04:57 PM   #26
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Turkish rescuers pull 1 more body from collapsed building, raising toll to 7
12 December 2006

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Rescuers on Tuesday recovered the body of a 9-year-old boy from the wreckage of a building housing military families, raising the death toll in the collapse caused by a boiler explosion to seven, officials said.

Police also on Tuesday detained five people, including three repairmen and two others in charge of the central heating system, for questioning on suspicion of causing death by negligence, the prosecutor's office announced.

Helped by sniffer dogs, teams were still trying to reach a woman believed trapped under the rubble of the building in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

Monday's explosion in the basement of the building in a heavily guarded military compound knocked down part of the five-story building, affecting at least five apartments. Among the dead were five children, including the 9-year-old boy found Tuesday, as well as a newborn.

Rescuers working through the night under floodlights reached the body of the boy in the early hours of Tuesday.

Turkish troops have battled separatist Kurdish rebels in the region for decades.

In the past, guerrillas have used remote-controlled bombs to attack Turkish military and police, but the clashes were largely isolated to mountainous areas.

The guerrillas belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, declared a unilateral truce on Oct. 1, but Turkey vowed to fight until all rebels are killed or surrender. More than 37,000 people have died as a result of the fighting since 1984, when the rebels first took up arms against the state.
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Old February 6th, 2007, 04:47 AM   #27
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Building under construction collapses in western India, killing 19, police say
3 February 2007

MUMBAI, India (AP) - The wall of a warehouse under construction collapsed in western India on Saturday, killing at least 19 laborers and injuring six others, police said.

The six injured people were hospitalized, said Pravin Pawar, deputy commissioner of police.

The laborers were working at the site when the wall came crashing down in Kuthari, a village on the outskirts of Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, Pawar told The Associated Press.

Police have arrested the warehouse owner, the Press Trust of India quoted Ramrao Wagh, the area police commissioner, as saying.

Rescuers cleared the debris, Pawar said, adding that local authorities would investigate what had led to the collapse.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 07:16 PM   #28
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Apartment building collapses in Turkey
26 April 2007
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

An eight-story apartment building collapsed in Istanbul on Thursday and rescuers searched the debris to see if anyone was trapped inside.

Istanbul Gov. Muammer Guler said authorities had evacuated the building to a "large extent" just before it collapsed. He added, however, that a few people reportedly had re-entered the building to pick up their belongings.

A large crowd gathered as rescue workers looked through gaps in the debris for survivors. Residents of nearby buildings were evacuated from neighboring buildings, including some carrying babies, according to TV reports.

One elderly woman wept as she tried to lift debris with her bare hands and other women wailed as they walked past the rubble. Rescuers called for quiet in order to hear if people were trapped inside.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately known. Building collapses are not uncommon in Turkey, where shoddy construction was blamed for the deaths of thousands of people during two massive earthquakes in 1999.

In February, a five-story apartment building collapsed in Istanbul, killing two people and injuring 26 others.

Turkish rescuers often carry out earthquake drills in Istanbul to test the preparedness of this sprawling city of more than 12 million, which experts believe could be hit by a huge quake sometime in the next 30 years.

Geologists have urged the Turkish government since 1999 — when two earthquakes west of Istanbul killed more than 18,000 people — to tear down some 50,000 buildings that would probably collapse if a big quake hit Istanbul.

They say hundreds of thousands of other buildings need to be reinforced.
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Old April 27th, 2007, 02:51 AM   #29
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We had two workers die when a giant holding tank under construction in Fort Mac collapsed. I'll edit this post when I find the article.
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At least 4 people killed in building collapse in northern Syria
18 March 2007

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - At least four people, including a five year-old, were killed and a firefighter was injured when a five-story apartment building collapsed in northern Syria, police and Syrian newspapers reported Sunday.

Bodies of the four victims, who also included two women and one man, were pulled from under the rubble of the building, which collapsed late Saturday in the northern province of Aleppo, 355 kilometers (220 miles) northwest of the capital, Damascus, police said.

The building, which contained 20 apartments, was flattened to the ground, witnesses said.

The cause of the collapse was believed to be poor construction and a leakage of sewage in the basement.

A firefighter was injured during the accident, and an investigation was under way, authorities said.
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Four dead, many hurt in Bangladesh building collapse

DHAKA, Dec 9 (Reuters) - At least four workers were killed and about 50 others were injured when the roof of a 22-storey building collapsed as it was being demolished in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police and witnesses said on Sunday.

An unspecified number of workers were also believed to be trapped inside the Rangs Building, which was one of the tallest in Bangladesh's capital. The collapse happened on Saturday night.

"It came down with a roaring sound," said one survivor.

Army personnel, along with police and firefighters, were working to rescue the labourers trapped inside.

"Rescuers arrived shortly after the accident but it was difficult to get in," said a fire brigade officer.

Authorities had ordered the demolition of the building in the centre of Dhaka because its construction violated rules, officials said.

City development authorities had opted to demolish the building by hand rather than with explosives, providing temporary jobs to hundreds of workers in the city with high unemployment. Demolition work began months ago.

The government on Sunday formed a committee to investigate the cause of the collapse and offered to pay compensation to the families of the victims, said Mainul Husein, government adviser for housing and public works.

The rescue effort had been suspended to avoid the risk of a further accident, a senior fire fighting official said.

"We are not allowed to use drill machines as experts apprehend that may cause the entire building to collapse," Selim Nawaz Bhuyian, a deputy director of the Fire Service, told Reuters.

Others said the hopes for finding anyone trapped alive was fading fast.
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Egypt building collapse toll rises to 33
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Sat Dec 29, 4:51 AM ET

The death toll from the collapse of a 12-storey residential building in Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria rose to 33 on Saturday, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.

MENA said Rescue workers have dug out three bodies from under the rubble early on Saturday and continue to search for more.

Authorities had said they thought only 25 to 30 people were buried under the rubble when the building collapsed on Monday.

Security sources said on Friday rescue workers have been able to bring out three survivors from the rubble since the building collapsed. The building disintegrated as construction workers carried out repairs on the first floor.

It was constructed as a seven-storey building in 1982 without a permit, authorities said. The owner obtained a permit later but then illegally added five storeys.

Prosecutors have issued warrants for the arrest of a number of people linked to the collapse, including the woman who owned the building. They have arrested the contractor responsible for the renovation work under way immediately before the collapse, the sources said.

Building collapses are common in Egypt because of lax building standards and poor maintenance. On Tuesday, also in Alexandria, at least five people were injured when a building partially collapsed, security sources said.

(Writing by Wael Gamal; editing by Sami Aboudi)
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Building collapse kills 9, injures many in Bangladesh

DHAKA, June 2 (Reuters) - A five-storey building collapsed in Dhaka on Wednesday, flattening several adjacent homes and killing at least 9 people, with dozens more trapped under the rubble, police and witnesses said.

At least 50 people were injured in the collapse of the building, which police said was badly constructed. Rescue teams were scouring through the rubble for bodies and survivors.

Nearly all the building's tenants escaped unharmed as it started to tilt to one side, and most of the casualties were from the 200 or so homes surrounding the structure, witnesses said.

"The death toll may go up as there are dozens, maybe 100, people trapped under the rubble," a police officer on the scene said. No other details were immediately available.
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AP Exclusive: Turkey ill-prepared for earthquake
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ANKARA, Turkey – More than a decade after a devastating earthquake revealed dangerously shoddy construction across Turkey, authorities are failing to enforce stricter building codes and protect people from another deadly quake, according to a new parliamentary report obtained by The Associated Press.

Many of the roughly 18,000 people killed by 1999 quakes in western Turkey died in cheaply made housing blocks that pancaked into the ground and turned out to have never been inspected by authorities. Many people were surprised to see how the rubble of their homes broke into pieces or turned into dust with a poke. Closer inspection revealed that much of the cement lacked metal reinforcing bars, or was mixed with large amounts of sand that made it unstable.

New building codes were imposed requiring plans to be prepared by authorized architects and construction engineers and approved by inspectors before building begins. Authorized engineers are also supposed to inspect the construction while it's under way to make sure the quality of cement is fine and sufficient steel rods are used during the building.

But the report prepared by a parliamentary research commission and recently submitted to lawmakers says Turkey has failed to improve city planning, reinforce substandard buildings, control urban development and punish people who violate building codes.

"There are no deterrent sanctions for actions that violate laws and regulations," it says.

The report says several Turkish cities are at risk from quakes, most notably Istanbul, a city that sits near a major fault line and has grown to 15 million as migration from the poor east of the country swelled the population from about 1 million in 1960. Tens of thousands of structures have been erected in violation of building codes.

Geologists have strongly urged the Turkish government to tear down some 40,000 buildings that would probably collapse if a big quake hits Istanbul. They say hundreds of thousands of other unstable buildings need to be reinforced.

The government so far has reinforced hundreds of hospitals, schools or other government buildings, along with viaducts and bridges. It says, however, that finding the resources to reinforce the majority of the risky buildings and move their residents to other places is a major challenge despite a recent economic boom.

The report noted that decision-making process is solely run by senior officials and not local administrations and the danger of disasters has been neglected in city planning.

"No real inspection methods have been applied to the city planning or construction of buildings," it said.

"The earthquake risk in the city has increased because of overcrowding, faulty land-use planning and construction, inadequate infrastructure and services, and environmental degradation," said a separate scientific study by Prof. Mustafa Erdik, head of the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute and Prof. Eser Durukal, also from Kandilli. "The greatest effect on reduction of human casualties in Istanbul could be achieved by retrofit/rehabilitation of existing building stock."

The 2007 study by Erdik and Durukal says a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Istanbul could cause up to 40,000 fatalities, 120,000 injuries and noted that the casualty figure estimates were almost 10 times higher than those that would result from a similar quake in San Francisco or Tokyo.

"There are many more things to do," said Eren Uckan, an expert on earthquake engineering at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. "The earthquake safety of industrial facilities and lifelines (roads and bridges) is very important to prevent post-earthquake damages, chemical spills and fires."
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Two dead, six missing in Cairo building collapse
2 July 2010

CAIRO, July 2 (Reuters) - At least two people were killed on Friday when a five-storey residential building collapsed in Cairo's Shubra neighbourhood, a security source said.

Rescue workers pulled out seven survivors, four of whom were injured, and at least six people were unaccounted for, the source said, adding that workers were carrying out repairs on the first floor at the time the building collapsed.

Two of the workers are among the six people still unaccounted for and believed trapped under the rubble.

Building collapses are common in Egypt because of lax building standards and poor maintenance.
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Death toll in Nigeria building collapse rises to 23

LAGOS, Aug 13 (Reuters) - The death toll from the collapse of a multi-storey building in Nigeria's capital Abuja three days ago has climbed to 23 from an initial two, the Nigerian Red Cross said on Friday.

The building, condemned as dangerous by the authorities and which was thought to be four or five floors high, tumbled down at around dawn on Wednesday in the Garki Area 11 neighbourhood of Abuja, south of the central business district.

"The rescue operation is now over. We are talking of 23 people dead and 10 injured," a Red Cross official told Reuters by telephone from Abuja, asking not to be named.

Substandard materials and disregard for building regulations mean such collapses are common in Africa's most populous nation, where infrastructure is old and poorly maintained.

Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Minister Bala Muhammed, responsible for development in Abuja, said on Wednesday the building had been condemned by the authorities and developers had continued to add an additional floor despite the warnings.

At least 16 people were killed in two separate building collapses in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos last year.
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I read somewhere that if the people who work on the ESB fixing cracks in the bricks stopped for a couple weeks the building would collapse. Hope they don't go on strike!
ESB is a steel structure. the stone cladding is not structural.
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