Latest Structural failures News

3 dead, 7 missing in building downed by Philippine quake

Dec. 16, 2019 12:49 AM EST

PADADA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers pulled out two bodies Monday from a three-story building that collapsed in a strong earthquake in the southern Philippines and scrambled to find at least seven more people who were trapped inside. Army troops, police, firefighters and volunteers, armed with sound and...

Strong quake kills 1, collapses building in Philippines

Dec. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EST

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least one person and causing a three-story building to collapse, setting off a search for people feared to have been trapped inside, officials said. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck an area about 6 kilometers...

EU to hold donors' meeting for Albania quake reconstruction

Dec. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Commission said Saturday that member states have agreed to hold a donors’ conference in January in Albania to help the Balkan country rebuild after an earthquake killed 51 people last month. The commission's president, Ursula von der Leyen, offered the...

Vale-commissioned report says no warning before dam collapse

Dec. 12, 2019 4:24 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A company-commissioned study released Thursday on a deadly dam break in Brazil found that none of the structure's monitoring systems gave warning of the collapse that killed at least 257 people — though other experts have said the disaster could have been prevented. The report...

Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

Dec. 11, 2019 2:42 PM EST

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year’s ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that burst nine months ago when the Missouri River surged through two levees near his southwest Iowa...

Angry protesters attack Lebanese city's municipality

Dec. 10, 2019 9:56 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Angry protesters attacked the municipality headquarters in Lebanon's second largest city, Tripoli, on Tuesday, smashing windows and setting a room on fire, in an outburst of violence triggered by the collapse of a house overnight in the area that killed two siblings. The attack in the...

Kenya building collapse toll hits 10 but 2 survivors found

Dec. 8, 2019 12:38 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan rescuers digging through the rubble of a six-story building found two survivors alive Sunday, two days after it collapsed in Nairobi, as the death toll rose to 10. When the survivors of Friday's building collapse were found Sunday morning, a crowd of onlookers burst into cheers...

Kids hurt in Albanian quake meet footballers Ronaldo, Buffon

Dec. 6, 2019 5:32 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Two Albanian boys who jumped from their apartments during an earthquake that killed relatives got a small reprieve from the tragedy Friday when they met their football idols. Aurel Lala, 7, and Alesio Cakoni, 10, jumped from the balconies of their apartments to escape the collapsing...

Roof collapses at historic church in black Florida community

Dec. 6, 2019 1:15 PM EST

ORLANDO (AP) — The roof has collapsed on a 94-year-old Florida church that was only recently granted historic landmark status, further endangering efforts to preserve the surrounding black community. No one was injured when the roof of the Black Bottom House of Prayer in Parramore crumbled in on itself...

6-story building collapses in Nairobi; at least 4 killed

Dec. 6, 2019 11:52 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A six-story residential building collapsed Friday in Kenya's capital, officials said, with at least four people killed and others trapped in the debris. The scene was all too familiar in a city where an audit once found more than half of buildings unsafe for habitation. Associated...