TL;DR news on Florida building collapse at December 19, 2022
The building that houses condominiums was built in 1981 when standards were different than they are today. Plumes of dust and debris soon billowed all around as a massive section of a condo complex in Surfside, Florida, crashed to the ground Thursday. Nick Cammarata says salt water or salty air can often deteriorate balconies in coastal condos and can also get into the main structural elements of coastal buildings. We don't know how much and over what time period this was happening, but that USA Today is saying that this was something that was a worry for engineers who had looked at the building. CAVUTO: So, bottom line, this was the only building affected? In other words, there wasn't any extensive structural damage to neighboring buildings that we know of? HARRIGAN: That's right. So, it's hard work but from what I understand, all of Florida's resources have been made available in terms of the rescue efforts that are going on. Most of the damage was probably caused by years of exposure to the corrosive salt air along the South Florida coast, it said. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett warns during a news conference that the building manager told him the tower had been quite full and the death toll was likely to rise. MORE: Toll in Florida collapse rises to 4; 159 remain missing Family members say Ruslan Manashirov grew up in Bergen Beach and worked as a physician in the borough. The building collapse in Florida has caught the attention of Fire Chiefs and other first responders from around the state and region that are here on the Coast for an important conference. Foreign ministries and consulates of four countries said 22 nationals were missing in the collapse: nine from Argentina, six from Paraguay, four from Venezuela and three from Uruguay. But video of the collapse, he says, is "really reminiscent" of the way the World Trade Center towers looked as they collapsed on Sept. "When we measure subsidence or when we see movement of the buildings, it's worth checking why it happens," Wdowinski said in an interview published on FIU's news website Thursday.