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The aftermath of the collapse of part of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Miami, which occurred on June 24, 2021. It shows the rubble that resulted from the collapse, and also clearly shows the standing portion of the building. Author: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. The original Wikipedia uploader was TheEpicGhosty at English Wikipedia.

The building collapse[]

One of the 12 floor Champlain Towers (Champlain Towers South) partly collapse for an unknown reason at approximately 1:30 a.m. EDT, along with it's swimming pool and part of it's car park. A small fire then broke out. The beachfront condominium building was in the Miami suburb of Surfside. The building had been built on re-claimed swampland.

A 2018 inspection report had warned or a unspecified "major error" in the building's construction. The consultant had also warned there was evidence of “major structural damage” below the pool deck of the doomed condo-building involving poor waterproofing and patches of damp concrete. Another structural safety report from about the same time that year stated that the concrete pillars in the underground car park were no longer to hold the weight put upon them and so they ere collapsing under the load put upon them.

Tower block collapses are virtually non-existent in Florida despite of the growing problem of sink-holes.

The building, Champlain Towers South, was located at 8777 Collins Avenue (Florida State Road A1A) and was built in 1981 by the group of property developers called Champlain Towers South Associates.

Many Americans have holiday residences and retirement homes in Florida. The district the building was in was home to a major Jewish community and the city of Miami is overwhelmingly Hispanic as a whole.

Aftermath[]

The cause of the collapse is still unknown!

The day after[]

The sister tower block was checked for faults the next day and was not evacuated despite it is also now becoming slightly defective as well.

The governor, Mayor and Fire Chief address the press and give both an update and there condolences to the victim's families. Defective waterproofing and sinkholes have been blamed by some engineers

Survivor Albert Aguero sid he and his family were startled awake by what felt to him like an earthquake

Albert Aguero, his wife and two children, were vacationing in his parents' apartment when they were startled awake by what felt like an earthquake

28\06\2021[]

The firm KCE Structural Engineers was sent in to do various technical surveys of the 2 buildings an were they were built.

They involved in the structural forensics at the aftermaths of both the 9/11 Pentagon attack on the Pentagon and the Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapse of 2018.

Final demolition[]

The search is abandoned and the building is demolished on 04/07/2021 as a tropical cyclone approached from Haiti, over part of the east coast of Cuba and in to the Bahamas.

Death toll[]

165 were still missing, 3 are dead and 6 were dead 1 day later. The death toll rose to 9 on 27\06\2021. 150 were confirmed as missing death on 29\06\2021.

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