Members of the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team look for survivors in the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Fla.Where was the failure point in the Miami building collapse?
Possible Failure Point Emerges in Miami Building Collapse Some engineers looking at the failure of a 13-story condo tower in Florida said the collapse appeared to have begun somewhere near the bottom of the building. Video annotated by The New York Times describes the stages of a deadly building collapse in Surfside, Fla., on Thursday.When did the Champlain Towers collapse in Florida?
Joe Raedle/Getty Images In the pre-dawn hours of June 24, part of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Fla., suddenly collapsed. Video of the building's collapse showed floor after floor crumbling in an instant, creating a massive pile of rubble.What causes a building to collapse at the bottom?
Explanations for an initial failure at the bottom of the building could include a problem with the deep, reinforced concrete pilings on which the building sits — perhaps set off by an unknown void or a sinkhole below — which then compromised the lower columns.