At least 99 people remain missing this Thursday after the partial collapse of a 12-story, 40-year-old building, located on the beachfront in Surfside, north of Miami Beach, Florida.
In total, 55 of the 136 apartments in Champlain Towers collapsed due to unknown causes around 1:30 a.m. Thursday in the middle of a great roar.
By 5:00 pm, local authorities had confirmed three deaths, according to Local 10 News (ABC) and numbered 102 people found safe and sound and 99 missing.
In the last two decades, one of the most serious landslide accidents in the United States occurred in August 2007, when a bridge in Minneapolis, over the Mississippi River, collapsed and 13 people died.
In addition, the passage of Hurricane Katrina, at the end of August 2005, caused more than 1,800 deaths in several southern states, including 238 in Mississippi, many due to the fall of buildings as in the case of the town of Biloxi, where half Hundreds of people lost their lives when the building in which they were sheltering collapsed.
In March 2014, 43 people were killed in a landslide that buried homes in the rural area of the town of Oso, Snohomish County, Washington.
In the state of Florida, the most serious accident in these years was the collapse on March 15, 2018 of the Florida International University (FIU) pedestrian bridge in Miami, which caused the death of 6 people.
These are the collapses of buildings and other infrastructure with the most fatalities in the United States in the last two decades:
1. October 24, 2001 – At least four people are killed when the facade of a 15-story building collapses on a scaffold containing about twenty workers in Manhattan, New York.
2. May 26, 2002 – Fourteen people die after a double barge crashed and knocked over a bridge on the Arkansas River, in the state of Oklahoma, through which a highway passed.
3. August 1, 2007 – Thirteen people are killed when a Minneapolis bridge collapses over the Mississippi River (Minnesota). Initially, the authorities feared that the number of deaths had exceeded twenty. The accident opened a debate in the country about the safety of its bridges.
4. March 16, 2008 – Seven people die after a construction crane the height of a 19-story building fractured and fell onto a building in New York.
5. October 10, 2012 – 4 workers die and 15 are injured when a five-story parking lot under construction collapses on the Miami Dade College campus in Coral, on the outskirts of Miami, Florida.
6. June 5, 2013 -At least 6 people are killed and 14 others injured when a four-story building that was being demolished fell on another with a store on a central street in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania).
7. March 12, 2014 – Eight dead and more than 70 injured from a gas explosion that caused the collapse of two buildings in the Latin Quarter of Harlem in New York.
8. March 15, 2018 – 6 people die when a concrete pedestrian bridge at Florida International University (FIU) collapsed on Calle Ocho in Miami.
9. July 23, 2018 – A worker dies after being seriously injured when a beachfront building that was to be demolished in Miami Beach collapsed.
Rescue personnel continue to search the rubble for survivors. (David Santiago)
A man waits for information on his missing family after the collapse. (Wilfredo Lee)
People wait for news of their relatives at a makeshift family reunification center. (Lynne Sladky)
Jennifer Carr and her daughter survived the building collapse. (Lynne Sladky)
Andrea and Nellie Gonzalez wait for news of their relatives at the Family Reunification Center established near the area of the collapse. (Lynne Sladky)
Residents of the collapsed building wait for their missing relatives in a makeshift shelter near the incident area. (Lynne Sladky)