Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Structural’ Category

An oil rig storage platform exploded into flames on Sunday night in Lake Pontchartrain with 7 reported injured and taken to hospital.

NY Times


A dam in northwestern Puerto Rico suffered structural damage on Friday prompting the evacuation of 70,000 nearby in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

NY Times


8/24/2003: A major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Fifty million people were affected, including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada.

History Channel


At least 3,782 people and 1,485 cars were evacuated from Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks after a construction mishap damaged the area’s main power line, plunging the islands into darkness and shutting off air-conditioners.

NY Times

Southeast sector loop




Ohio State Fair: 1 dead, 7 injured; the ‘worst tragedy in the history’ of the state fair

Columbus Dispatch


The Mumbai police on Wednesday arrested a man affiliated with a local political party, accusing him of making illegal alterations to the ground floor of a five-story building that caused it to collapse a day earlier, killing at least 17 people and injuring many others.

NY Times

“…..The building’s collapse is reflective of a sadly familiar phenomenon in India. A severe housing shortage, lax regulation and political corruption have resulted in too many people crowded into old, weak and substandard structures. Politically connected people such as contractors and developers often circumvent safety rules with impunity until disaster strikes…..”


The Grenfell Tower blaze: “The 13th-richest in the world, and our highest ladder only goes up 30 meters.”

NY Times

At least 22 people were killed and another 26 injured when a wall collapsed during a wedding party in northern India.



At least 188,000 people remain under evacuation orders after Northern California authorities warned an emergency spillway in the country’s tallest dam was in danger of failing Sunday and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below.


  • About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco
  • Lake Oroville is one of California’s largest man-made lakes
  • The 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam is the nation’s tallest.


Roads leading out of Oroville, Calif., were jammed with traffic Sunday evening as people evacuated the area due to the possibility of failure of the alternate spillway at Oroville Dam.

USA Today

“….California Department of Water Resources officials had decided to use the emergency spillway to take pressure off the dam’s regular spillway, which developed a giant crater last week, Redding (Calif.) Record Searchlight reported. That crater had been growing daily, so to take pressure off the spillway, the state began using the emergency spillway, but that also became compromised….”



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