Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, June 25, 2021

Horror in Fla,

A beachfront condo building partially collapsed Thursday outside Miami, killing at least one person and trapping others in the tower that resembled a giant fractured dollhouse, with one side sheared away. Dozens of survivors were pulled out, and rescuers kept up a desperate search for more.

At a news conference a few minutes ago, the death toll was raised to four and the number of people missing and unaccounted for was raised to 159. The last number cannot be taken as anything more than an extremely rough figure; as we learned after 9-11, the number can change drastically.

There's been a lot of speculation that the land in south Florida has been subsiding for a long time and maybe that had something to do with it. But we don't know and we may not know for a very long time. But it's probably a safe bet that the rest of the building will be torn down in the very near future. Those whose apartments are still standing possibly might not ever be allowed to go back inside.

5 comments:

Tim said...

I saw a video of it happening from another high rise. It was horrific.

Tod Germanica said...

There is no point to building large structures in S Florida since the buildings will be underwater soon. You can easily see the rise in some places.
I was recently in La Paz, the Baja Sur capitol city, Mexico to see the Malacon, the beautiful waterfront promenade. I don't know when it was built but the sea level was lower then because the pavement routinely floods on high high tides now and is swept frequently of water. It could not have been built under present day sea levels. See it while you can. And south Florida and Alabama et al.

Ten Bears said...

Beach-front property, built on shaking sands.

Some reports I read Florida might not last long enough for rising sea levels to wash it all away: sink-holes, subsidization, erosion of both interior land and water and of course rising sea levels washing up through the storm drains at high tides are all contributing a statistically inevitable implosion of the infrastructure. Makin' Mississippi look good.

w3ski said...

I read that it fell at 2 something in the morning. Not at all how I would ever want to wake up. Just horrible.
I feel sorry for those that lost a home, much less their life, they thought was well built.
It's Florida though and I can't help but feel this will become standard there with their little respect for life and property.
Especially now as the remaining land increases in value whether it is buildable on or not.
We really need to stop laughing at building practices in China now. Much of ours are no better off.
w3ski

Ten Bears said...

Per https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2021/06/24/building-collapse-miami-structure-had-been-sinking-into-earth/7778631002/ the building had been sinking since the 90s