Structural failures

FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, shows the Spencer Dam near Spencer, Neb., in November 2013, top, when it was holding back water on the Niobrara River and again in March 2019, after the dam failed during a flood. The dam that collapsed under pressure from an icy flood had a history of unaddressed ice issues and had no formal emergency plan because regulators wrongly assumed that no one would die if it failed, according a report released Tuesday April, 21, 2020. (Nebraska Department of Natural Resources via AP)
April 21, 2020 - 5:04 pm
A Nebraska dam that collapsed under pressure from an icy flood had a history of unaddressed ice problems and had no formal emergency plan because regulators wrongly assumed that no one would die if it failed, according a report released Tuesday. However, the investigation concluded there was...
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April 16, 2020 - 8:50 am
The Associated Press (AP) — U.S. home-building activity collapsed in March as the coronavirus spread, with housing starts tumbling 22.3% from a month ago. The Commerce Department said Thursday that ground breakings occurred last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million units, down...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters about coronavirus in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
April 08, 2020 - 12:09 pm
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that are being talked about today: 1. SANDERS DROPS OUT — Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment lined swiftly up behind rival Joe Biden, has ended his...
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Smoke and dirt rise after a bridge collapsed on a river bed, in Aulla, between the regions of Tuscany and Liguria, northern Italy, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. According to media reports only two vehicles were on the bridge when it collapsed early on Wednesday, the two drivers injured, but no casualties were reported. (Tano Pecoraro/LaPresse via AP)
April 08, 2020 - 10:41 am
ROME (AP) — A huge bridge section has collapsed in Tuscany, the latest case of Italy’s infrastructure crumbling after years of neglect. Police and fire crews roped off the access road to the bridge over the Magra River in Albiano Magra in the province of Massa Carrara, according to Carabinieri...
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March 15, 2020 - 12:06 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An explosion hit Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos early Sunday, killing at least 15 people and sparking search-and- rescue efforts to save people still trapped in collapsed buildings, emergency officials said. The explosion in the Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos was heard...
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In this March 9, 2020 photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers place a boy pulled from the rubbles of a collapsed hotel on a stretcher in Quanzhou, southeast China's Fujian Province. Several have been killed and others trapped when in the collapsed Chinese hotel that was being used to isolate people who had arrived from other parts of China hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Sunday. (Zeng Demeng/Xinhua via AP)
March 09, 2020 - 11:08 pm
BEIJING (AP) — A 10-year-old boy and his mother have been rescued 52 hours after being trapped in the collapse of a virus quarantine site in southeastern China. Video released by rescuers showed the two being pulled from the debris of the hotel that collapsed on Saturday. The location of the boy...
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The high-speed TGV train is pictured after it has derailed on a trip to Paris, in Ingenheim, near Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, March 5, 2020. The train driver was seriously injured but managed to slam on the emergency brakes and bring the train to a halt. It was the first derailment on a high-speed TGV train in nearly 40 years of commercial service. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
March 05, 2020 - 9:37 am
PARIS (AP) — One of France's vaunted high-speed trains derailed Thursday morning on a trip to Paris, injuring the driver and 20 other people, officials said. The driver, who was seriously injured, managed to slam on the emergency brakes and bring the train to a halt. The derailment was the first...
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February 25, 2020 - 3:03 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Worried that an earthquake could collapse a big dam south of San Francisco, officials have ordered its reservoir to be completely drained by October to reduce the risk of floodwaters spilling into Silicon Valley. The 240-foot (73-meter) high earthen Anderson Dam, built in...
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Houses are reduced to rubble after an earthquake hit villages in Baskale in Van province, Turkey, at the border with Iran, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said numerous people have been killed and several others wounded in Sunday's quake with more people trapped under debris. (IHA via AP)
February 23, 2020 - 6:55 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Nine people were killed in Turkey in a magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck western Iran early Sunday morning, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. The quake centered west of the Iranian city of Khoy and affected villages in the Turkish province of Van. Turkish...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo provided by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, area officials monitor a potential dam/levee failure in the Springridge Place subdivision in Yazoo County, Miss. Heavy rains and recent flooding across the Southeastern U.S. have highlighted a potential public safety concern for some dams. An Associated Press review has identified hundreds of high hazard dams in the South that lack formal emergency action plans. (David Battaly/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency via AP, File)
February 20, 2020 - 10:31 am
When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no contact information for any of the homeowners who might need to evacuate, so he drove to the scene and began...
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