it must be rare for a building to just collapse for no apparent reason

5 Jul

london 1.48pm sunday 2020 21C sunny

i have been following a blog in new york, and today there was a post there about a building that had collapsed. the picture showed a part of new york that is unusual, in that it showed low rise buildings, and trees along the street.

it was not the usual image i have of new york , of skyscrapers and canyon like streets . so i googled it and to my surprise actually found the building that had collapsed. and it was a 3 storeyed building housing body elite which sounds like a gym or a company selling gym gear. it is a large building to suddenly collapse like that. i wonder if people were in it when it collapsed.

usually when i read of buildings collapsing for no reason, i think of india, or a third world country. not new york. or if it were a first world country , it will be related to a sink hole. but this one does not look like a sink hole. 

added. 2.57pm.

i found a link here, an article in the independent, about it. seems it was undergoing repairs to a bulging outer wall that has been there for years. one person was injured. 

4 Responses to “it must be rare for a building to just collapse for no apparent reason”

  1. Garfield Hug Sunday July 5, 2020 at 2:47 pm #

    Possible structural issues or building authority checks not done properly. In Singapore we had the New World Hotel collapse. Strucutural beams gave way due to unauthorised structural renovations. Hopefully in that building in NY no loss of lives. We lost many lives as a bank and hotel was in that building.

    • alifesgayventure Sunday July 5, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

      when was that new world hotel collapse? i have not heard of it before. usually there is more danger of fire, in a renovation, than the whole building collapsing.

      • Garfield Hug Sunday July 5, 2020 at 2:57 pm #

        15 March 1986 was when it happened. Google Hotel New World collapse. A lot of youtube clips of it.

      • Garfield Hug Sunday July 5, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

        Apparently collapse due to wrong calculation of weight loading. A construction error I think.

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