13-story Building Topples

You don't want to be around when a high-rise apartment building falls over! The unfinished 13-story building in Shanghai toppled Saturday morning and killed a 28-year-old worker.
"It was just like an earthquake," witness Zhang Supong told China Daily.

Construction of the building has been halted pending an investigation of the collapse, including reports that cracks had appeared Friday on a flood prevention bank near the apartment building, Xinhua reported.

Link to story. http://cache.daqi.com/view/2617990.html to pictures. -via J-Walk Blog

Newest 5
Newest 5 Comments

Considering that the building is intact, the problem isn't in it's design/construction but rather in the substrate it was built upon. It looks like a clear case of soil liquefaction to me.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
The thing is that these apartment buildings are sprouting like mushrooms in China. They have rows upon rows upon rows of them. Someone told me that on average, a building like this one goes up in China every single day.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
If that's a photoshop job, they've done their homework. That would be more impressive than the building actually collapsing.

I'm guessing the ground subsided, it look very soft there.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
The picture link has lots of pictures now. Somehow the thing fell over in practically one piece and all the windows are intact.
That's some kind of engineering! (or photoshopping)
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Login to comment.

Email This Post to a Friend
"13-story Building Topples"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More