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Apartment Building In Shanghai Topples Over-Truth!

Summary of the eRumor:  
This is a forwarded email with amazing photos of an apartment building lying on its side.   The email says the photo is of a 12 story building in China that toppled over after work began to build an adjacent underground parking structure.
 

The Truth:  
The 13 story apartment building located in Eastern Shanghai, China, collapsed at 5:30AM on June 27, 2009.  One worker died when the building fell over, according to a China Daily News report released that day. 

The news report said that a preliminary investigation report blamed, poor construction and improper planning which led to the collapse of the residential building.  Click for news story.

updated 01/12/10

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Made in China! 

YES, IT IS A 12 STORY BUILDING IN CHINA . LYING ON THE GROUND.


(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 tons, which was greater than what the pilings could tolerate. Thus the building toppled over in the southerly direction.

 

 


 

 


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