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Peru Quake Destroys Homes, Injures Dozens

Peruvian authorities say 134 homes have been destroyed and 103 people treated at hospitals for injuries in a 6.9-magnitude quake just off the central coast. Civil defense chief Alfredo Murgueytio tells The Associated Press most of the collapsed homes were …

Agency: Corroded Joint Caused Tenn. Plant Collapse

Tennessee’s workplace safety agency has issued a report faulting construction at the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment plant where a wall collapsed, killing two workers. Thursday’s report from the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the walls of a basin at …

Engineer, Insurance Investigator to Probe Mich. Wall Collapse

A structural engineer and an insurance investigator will help determine why an 8-foot wall collapsed in a Michigan high school locker room, killing a 14-year-old student. Police said Williamston High School freshman Gabriel Corbett was buried under cement blocks from …

Another Building Collapses in Turkish Quake Zone

An Associated Press Television journalist says a 7-story building has collapsed two days after a powerful earthquake hit eastern Turkey. The building, with 46 apartments, collapsed on Tuesday in the city of Van. It was not known if anyone was …

7.2 Quake Causes Damage, Casualties in Turkey

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck mountainous eastern Turkey on Sunday, collapsing dozens of buildings into piles of twisted steel and chunks of concrete. Desperate survivors dug into the rubble with their bare hands, trying to rescue the trapped and injured. …

Five Workers Hurt in New Jersey Construction Site Collapse

Federal safety regulators are investigating a construction accident in southern New Jersey that sent five workers to hospitals. The roof collapsed at a Quick Chek construction site in Berkeley Township Wednesday. Detective Sgt. James Smith told the Asbury Park Press …

Arkansas City Collapse Cleanup Agreement Reached

Morrilton, Ark., has reached an agreement with a clean-up company to remove debris from downtown buildings that collapsed in May, killing a 2-year-old girl. Little Rock television station KTHV reports that the Morrilton City Council agreed Monday to a bid …

In New Zealand, Post-Quake Inspections Can Mislead

Passing trucks shook the six-story office building constantly in the months after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in September 2010. “There were quite big cracks, you could see daylight from some offices with outside walls,” said receptionist Maryanne Jackson. But, she …

Construction Workers Settle in Collapse of Georgia Walkway

An attorney for workers who sued over the collapse of an elevated walkway under construction in the treetops at the Atlanta Botanical Garden said settlements totaling more than $15 million have been reached in the case. A portion of the …

28 Bodies Bring India’s Monsoon Flood Toll to 335

Authorities stepped up efforts Thursday to deliver food and evacuate villagers stranded by monsoon flooding in eastern India, as searchers reported finding 28 more bodies, bringing the country’s seasonal death toll to 335. With relentless rains finally easing, air force …