A building collapse is China is documented in these pictures and graphics…

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(1) An underground garage was being dug on the south side, to a depth of 4.6 meters

(2) The excavated dirt was being piled up on the north side, to a height of 10 meters


(3) The building experienced uneven lateral pressure from south and north


(4) This resulted in a lateral pressure of 3,000 tones, which was greater than why the pilings could tolerate. Thus the building toppled over in the southerly direction.

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First, the apartment building was constructed


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Then the plan called for an underground garage to be dug out.

The excavated soil was piled up on the other side of the building.



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Heavy rains resulted in water seeping into the ground.


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The building began to tilt.


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And thus came the eighth wonder of the world.



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I don’t know if this analysis is accurate or not. I’m not a soils or a building engineer, but it seems as if the soil should not be a support for a multi-story building.

Anyone have any comments???