Wednesday, July 28

Collapse in Miami: the graphs that show what are the possible causes of the collapse of the building


  • Visual and Data Journalism Team
  • BBC

Search and rescue teams amid the rubble of the collapsed building.

Image source, Getty Images

As rescue efforts continue, experts analyze what may have caused the collapse of a 12-story apartment complex in Surfside, Miami.

A wide variety of possible causes are being considered, from structural defects to environmental effects, and whether a combination of factors may have triggered the sudden building collapse.

The images taken by a surveillance camera in a neighboring condominium show that the building did not fall at once, but rather its crash was in stages.

First, the central sector facing south collapsed. Only three seconds later it was the turn of the central sector facing north. Five seconds later, the department section facing east collapsed.


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