Sunday, July 25

Building Collapse

Building Collapse, CNN, Florida, Miami, miami building collapse, Reunion

A video shows an 88-year-old resident of the collapsed Surfside condo being reunited with the man who saved her

A resident of the Miami-area condo building that collapsed says a stranger carried her to safety. Esther Gorfinkel, 88, has a bad knee, so her neighbor Alfredo Lopez carried her on his shoulder. CNN's Randi Kaye reunited the residents more than a week after their harrowing escape. See more stories on Insider's business page. More than a week after a building collapsed in Surfside, Florida, 88-year-old Esther Gorfinkel had a chance to thank the neighbor who carried her on his shoulder to safety, CNN's Randi Kaye reported. Alfredo Lopez and his family were fleeing their sixth floor apartment through darkness and dust, when they ran i...
Building Collapse, Engineering, Florida, Science, Structural engineering

3 structural engineers explain why a building like the Surfside, Florida condo might suddenly collapse

At least 20 people are dead and 120 are missing after the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida abruptly collapsed last week. As rescuers continue to search for buried victims, investigators have started sifting through building records, videos, and physical wreckage to determine what, precisely, caused the structure to fall. While it's extremely uncommon for a building to collapse in the absence of a natural disaster like an earthquake or hurricane, there are a handful of reasons why it could happen, three structural engineers told Insider.Some of the most likely causes include poor maintenance or overloading part of a structure with too much weight. Buildings are designed to hold up to twice as much load a...