Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Structural’ Category

Nigeria: A three-story building housing apartments and a primary and nursery school collapses with at least 8 dead and many more missing


Lights go out on Venezuela



Guess who owns the bridge that collapsed in Genoa and killed 43 people? Benetton: the Italian family famous for wool sweaters and a global clothing..


“……The calamity in Genoa is now the subject of a criminal inquiry, with 21 people under investigation, including nine employees of Autostrade and three officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. The authorities are sorting through years of email exchanges and documents, plus the contents of a few dozen mobile phones, to try to determine who is to blame.….”

The moment the dam burst!

1/22/1922: Accumulated snow on the Knickerbocker’s roof collapsed the building and tons of steel and concrete fell down on top of the theatergoers killing 108 and hospitalizing another 133.




Brazilian Dam Collapse: 34 dead and another 300 missing

Brazil: A mining dam burst on Friday, killing at least seven and leaving 200 people missing.


1/20/1980: Bleachers at a bullring in Sincelejo, Colombia, collapse, resulting in 222 deaths



Jan. 15, 1919: “Send all available rescue vehicles and personnel immediately — there’s a wave of molasses coming down Commercial Street.”


  • The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
  • 2 million gallon tank erupted
  • 21 killed



In the city of Magnitogorsk: The explosion that collapsed a high-rise building wasn’t terrorism, but a crumbling infrastructure




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