A shoring retaining wall at a Rome construction site failed at around 5:30 pm local time on February 14, 2018, and swallowed 6 parked cars from the adjacent street and required evacuation of some 20 families. The incident occurred in the Italian capital’s Baldunia neighborhood, between via Livio Andronico and via Lattanzio. There are no details yet on what caused the collapse. But an ABC news article mentions that the failure occurred in the same area where a sinkhole formed in late January “after reports of a significant water leak” making water a likely culprit. Monitoring of the remaining excavation has been undertaken and the local prosecutor is opening up an investigation into the incident.
The Pittsburgh area has 49 active landslides or retaining wall failures in 29 neighborhoods according to a Pittsburgh Public Works Department survey. The estimated cost to fix 24 of those issues effecting public land is $7.4 million, which the City doesn’t have. Story source: Pittsburgh Live by way of Geology.com. (Map by BOB NEWELL/TRIBUNE-REVIEW)
A 20 to 30-ft high retaining wall in a subdivision in San Antonio Texas failed on Sunday causing an evacuation of 80 homes. After an initial inspection, some 55 home-owners were allowed to return. The massive tension cracks that opened along the wall and behind it were 12-15-ft deep and 6-8-ft wide. Reportedly, the wall had problems even before the subdivision was even constructed. More after the break. (Photo by Jerry Lara – San Antonio Express-News)