Infrastructure collapsing and manmade disasters news and discussions

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Search at Florida condo collapse site pauses amid concern about the structure that's still standing
Source: CNN
(CNN) Search and rescue work at the site of the collapsed condo building in Surfside, Florida, has been temporarily halted because of structural concerns about the standing structure, the Miami-Dade County mayor said.

"We are doing everything we can and will resume search and rescue as soon as we can," Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Thursday morning. Families of the victims have been informed about the development, she said at a news briefing.

President Joe Biden's visit to Surfside will have no impact on the search and rescue operations today, Cava said.
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America’s Trillion-dollar Concrete Bill is Coming Due
by Felix Salmon
July 1, 2021

https://www.axios.com/us-trillion-dolla ... d8e4b.html

Introduction:
(Axios) Concrete construction no longer lasts thousands of years, like the Pantheon in Rome. Instead, its lifespan is roughly 50-100 years, thanks to the way in which modern concrete is reinforced.

Why it matters: That means a multi-trillion-dollar bill is coming due right around now, in the form of concrete construction that needs noisy, dirty, expensive repair.

The collapse of a residential tower in Surfside, Florida, is a stark reminder of how catastrophically concrete can fail.

Just as the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa caused Italy to start paying much more attention to remedial infrastructure projects, the Surfside tragedy might help focus America on the urgent need to fix buildings that are nearing the end of their initial lifespan.

The big picture: As Robert Courland explains in "Concrete Planet," modern concrete is poured around steel rebar, which gives it tensile strength. But tiny cracks — found in all concrete — cause water to start rusting the steel, which then expands, cracking the concrete.
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Philippine military plane crashes, 45 dead, 49 rescued
Source: AP

By JIM GOMEZ
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine air force C-130 aircraft carrying combat troops assigned to fight Muslim militants crashed and exploded while landing in the south Sunday, killing at least 42 army soldiers on board and three civilians on the ground in one of the worst disasters in the air force’s history.

At least 49 other soldiers were rescued with injuries and survived the fiery noontime crash into a coconut grove outside the Jolo airport in Sulu province, including some who managed to jump off the aircraft before it exploded and was gutted by fire, military officials said. Three of seven villagers who were hit on the ground died.

The aircraft had 96 people on board, including three pilots and five crew while the rest were army personnel, the military said, adding only five soldiers remained unaccounted for late Sunday. The pilots survived but were seriously injured, officials said.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules was one of two ex-U.S. Air Force aircraft handed over to the Philippines as part of military assistance this year.

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28 feared dead in plane crash in Russia's Far East
Source: AP

By DARIA LITVINOVA
MOSCOW (AP) — A plane carrying 28 people crashed Tuesday, apparently as it came in for a landing in bad weather in Russia’s Far East, and everyone aboard was feared dead.

Wreckage from the An-26 was found on a coastal cliffside and in the sea near the airport in the town of Palana, according to officials. The plane was on approach for a landing in fog and clouds when it missed a scheduled communication and disappeared from radar, officials from the Kamchatka region said.

The plane “practically crashed into a sea cliff,” which wasn’t supposed to be in its landing trajectory, according to Sergei Gorb, deputy director of the company that owns the aircraft, Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise.

The plane was in operation since 1982, Russian state news agency Tass reported. Alexei Khabarov, director of Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise, told the Interfax news agency that the aircraft was technically sound before taking off from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

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Death toll rises to 32 as Surfside condo collapse rescue effort faces challenges from Tropical Storm
Source: USA Today
SURFSIDE, Fla. – Bands of rain from an approaching tropical storm and a forecast that includes possible tornadoes added to the hurdles faced by rescue workers seeking signs of life Tuesday among the ruins of the Miami-area condominium collapse.

Four more bodies were found, raising the death toll to 32, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Tuesday. She said 26 of the victims had been identified.

Levine Cava said 113 people remain unaccounted for, although "only around 70 of those are people we have been able to confirm were in fact in the building" when it fell.

Authorities remained steadfast in describing the effort as search and rescue, 12 days after the stunning collapse at the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, a few miles north of Miami Beach. Photos of dozens of victims and those missing are displayed nearby on a makeshift Surfside Wall of Hope & Memorial.
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17-million-gallon sewage spill prompts closure of beaches from Dockweiler to El Segundo
Source: ABC News
Beaches from El Segundo to the southern end of Playa del Rey were closed to swimmers Monday due to a 17-million-gallon sewage spill.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced the closure on Twitter, writing that a power outage Sunday at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant caused untreated sewage to spill into the ocean. Hahn later tweeted the cause was a "mechanical failure," not a power outage.

Hahn said beaches were closed to swimming from El Segundo north to the Dockweiler RV Park until further notice. Officials were conducting tests on the water, and it was unclear how long the closure would last.

Hyperion Executive Plant Manager Timeyin Dafeta issued a statement Monday afternoon saying that on Sunday afternoon, the plant "became inundated with overwhelming quantities of debris, causing backup of the headworks facilities. The plant's relief system was triggered and sewage flows were controlled through use of the plant's one-mile outfall and discharge of untreated sewage into Santa Monica Bay."
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Death toll rises to 92 in blaze at coronavirus ward in Iraq
Source: AP

By ABDULRAHMAN ZEYAD and SAMYA KULLAB
NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AP) — The death toll from a fire that swept through a hospital coronavirus ward in Iraq climbed to 92 on Tuesday as anguished relatives buried their loved ones and lashed out at the government over the country’s second such disaster in less than three months.

Health officials said scores of others were injured in the blaze that erupted Monday at al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah.

The tragedy cast a spotlight on what many have decried as widespread negligence and mismanagement in Iraq’s hospitals after decades of war and sanctions.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi convened an emergency meeting and ordered the suspension and arrest of the health director in Dhi Qar provice, the hospital director and the city’s civil defense chief. The government also launched an investigation.




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Chinese army warns dam battered by storms could collapse
21 Jul 2021 02:35AM
(Updated: 21 Jul 2021 08:53AM)

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/as ... e-15257186
BEIJING: The Chinese army warned that a stricken dam in the centre of the country "could collapse at any time" after being severely damaged in torrential storms that killed at least 12 people and brought the region to a standstill.

Weather authorities have issued the highest warning level for central Henan province as downpours caused widespread disruption and the evacuation of residents of flooded streets.
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At least 7 dead in 20-vehicle accident on Interstate 15 near Kanosh
Source: Salt Lake Tribune

A sandstorm is blamed for impairing visibility on the freeway through Millard County.

By Sean P. Means | July 26, 2021, 1:05 a.m. | Updated: 1:25 a.m.

At least seven people were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash near Kanosh on Sunday, as drivers were blinded by a sandstorm.

The Utah Highway Patrol reported that several people were taken to area hospitals Sunday in critical condition after the series of crashes — which involved at least 20 vehicles.

The collisions happened about 4:30 p.m. on Interstate 15 near milepost 152, between the Meadow and Kanosh exits in Millard County, about 150 miles south of Salt Lake City.

The crashes happened, UHP officials said, when high winds kicked up sand or dust, which impaired drivers’ visibility on the highway.

Traffic was halted in the southbound side of the interstate; on Sunday evening, UHP reported it expected to keep the lanes closed for several hours while it investigated the accident. Motorists diverted at the Meadow exit into Meadow and south on State Route 133 into Kanosh. Traffic was getting back onto I-15 at the Kanosh onramp.

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