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Hard Rock Casino Hotel, a building under construction located at the corner of Rampart and Canal Street in New Orleans, partially collapsed killing 2 people and injuring at least 18 more.

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  • Date occured Saturday, 12 October 2019
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:00

Wind turbines collapse in Brazil

Two wind turbines have collapsed in less than two months in Brazil.

Many types of failure can trigger the collapse of a reinforced concrete building.

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The bridge, which was expected to open in January 2019, was being built using a method called accelerated bridge construction

In the evening of the 9th of May, a large crawler crane collapsed in Varese, Italy while lifting a large section of a new viaduct at the Arcisate Stabio railway yards. The piece of concrete bridge was never put into place, as the Vernazza-owned crane lost its stability and overturned, dumping its load on the ground. Although several people were on site watching the operation, luckily no one was injured. The crane’s operator is also safe, as he managed to get out of the cabin in time, jumping from a height of nearly three meters.

Nine people were buried in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province in Eastern China after a residence complex collapsed on the morning of Thursday Feb. 2, and seven of them have been reported dead. The building’s poor construction was probably the reason for the collapse, as there had been no reports of extreme weather in the area over the last days. Next to the collapsed apartments still stands a residential building seeming relatively intact, which forces the rescuers to work carefully. More than 400 people were involved in rescue efforts, including soldiers, police, fire rescue personnel, and medical staff.

Plasco commercial building, an iconic high-rise structure in central Tehran, collapsed following a fire that broke out on the top floors on 8 am local time (Thursday 19/1) and was burning for hours. According to the local media, at least 30 firefighters have been killed, although it is still unclear whether their death was due to the fire or the building’s collapse.  The 17-storey tall structure came down in a matter of seconds and there are fears there could be more people trapped inside.

Four French died and more than 10 were injured due to a collapse of a balcony. The accident happened in Angers, a city in western France on Saturday, 15th October 2016. The collapsed balcony was on the third floor of the building and caused the collapse of the two lower balconies. Investigations get underway to identify the reasons for this tragic accident. 

On Monday, October 11, 2016 a complex of residential buildings in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province of China collapsed killing 22 people! Recent surveys show the buildings had several structural deficiencies and hadn't been inspected by engineers lately. Further investigations are underway.

Last Thursday, a collapse of a four-story building occurred in the Ponte Milvio area of northern Rome, near the Foreign Ministry. Fortunately there are no deaths or injuries, but many people lost their home. The causes are being investigated by authorities and the surrounding buildings are being inspected in case they’re affected by the collapse.

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