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(1) Thread #7: #SurfsideBuildingCollapse #Surfside #SurfsideStrong

The remaining part of the building was carefully brought down in a controlled demolition last night. A memorial wall established by the public has survived:… Image
(2) You can find my earlier Surfside threads here:

(3) I am looking to see when the leaders of the response effort will say "search and recovery operation" instead of "rescue," after 12 days.

It will help the grief-stricken families and friends of the deceased, even though some of them may not realize that right now. Image
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(1) THREADS DIRECTORY: #SurfsideBuildingCollapse.

I'm here to tell you about New Zealand's response to losing 115 people in the very similar 2011 #CTVBuilding collapse.

I write about emergencies in thread form, for ease of navigation. Only a few end up needing a directory.
(2) I'm not an American but one day I might be. I love the country. NZ & the US are old friends & we should get on better than we do.

Anyway, my first #Surfside thread was limited to concern for those directly affected. Aimed to be free of controversy:

(3) Thread #2 saw me express some righteous anger about those who allow disasters to happen through their own incompetence and recklessness.

It turns out, channeling emotion into showing care for others makes one feel better for at least a while.

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Thread on #Surfside resources. Please share.
Miami-Dade residents in need of assistance, or wanting to provide assistance, should go here:…
Survivors, families, first responders, and others affected by the tragedy can find important resources here:
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House Chaplain Kibben devotes her opening House prayer today to Surfside, Florida building collapse victims and the recovery efforts: "Almighty God, in the aftermath of the disaster in Miami, FL, we commend to your care and protection the ongoing search and rescue efforts."
Kibben: "We fervently pray that you would deliver all those who are yet clinging to life beneath the magnitude of the wreckage. Preserve their spirit even as they struggle with overwhelming fear for their lives."
Kibben: "Grant them a glimpse of hope, even a miracle, that they would soon emerge from the terrifying prison of panic and distress."
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(1) Thread: Hot air balloon fatal crash in Albuquerque, NM.

Like #Surfside, this is another disaster type about which we New Zealanders can empathize with our American brothers & sisters.

In 2012 a crash in our ballooning region took 11 lives.…
(2) TIL that in the US there is insufficient safety regulation of hot air ballooning. The same problem we have here.

I think it goes without saying that drone civil aviation is under-regulated, too.…
(3) If you're interested in aviation safety, read the news story above about the NZ coroner's findings. These two crashes have a few things in common. Such as trying to out-climb a power line in time. Maybe the emergency rip-out line was not used. Maybe there was panic.
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Before and after images reveal the extent of devastation in Surfside FL.… ImageImage
Three years ago, an engineer found “major structural damage” and “abundant” cracking of columns and beams at the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside FL.

Repairs were scheduled to begin soon.… Image
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(1) A time of writing there are still 159 people unaccounted for at the #SurfsideBuildingCollapse in Florida.

We who were in Christchurch, NZ on 2/22/2011 have been through something similar. 115 people died in an earthquake-caused building collapse here.

We send our love.
(2) "Pancaked" was the term used to describe the collapse of the CTV (Canterbury TV) building in 2011.

We, too, kept vigil for days hoping some more people would make it out alive.…
(3) In our case, the building collapsed during a Tuesday lunch hour, when some of the building's office workers had just gone out for lunch.

The earthquake caused PTSD among thousands of people, incl. me. There were 300k people in the city, & countless others closely linked. ImageImage
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