monday, january 30, 2012
Rio de Janeiro Building CollapseAt 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 a 20-story building in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro suddenly collapsed crushing two smaller structures. A total of 17 people died in the accident and authorities say five others remain missing.
The Liberty Building was a 70-year-old structure that recently had undergone at least two remodeling projects the city says were never properly approved. The building operators and the company who performed the renovations say no such approval is necessary.
An investigation by the Brazilian Federal police and the agency overseeing building construction in Rio are conducting inquiries into the cause of the accident.
My story on the collapse, Rio Officials Probe Cause of Fatal Building Collapse, is in the current edition of Engineering-News Record.
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