This weekend the country will celebrate the 40th anniversary of a similar tragedy as the United States mourns the increase in deaths from the collapse of Miami’s condominiums.
On July 17, 1981, two corridors at the Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed. Kansas City, Missouri. The crowded concrete and glass platform gave way to more than 300 people below, killing 114 people and injuring more than 200.
Many of the victims participated in a tea dance on the ground floor. Others reportedly watched over the sidewalk, which began to sway before it failed.
It is considered to be one of the most deadly structural collapses in U.S. history and only the second to follow. Pemberton Mill Collapse In 1860, 145 people were reportedly killed when a factory wall collapsed in Massachusetts.
In Kansas City, investigators later realized that it was due to a design flaw in the way sidewalks were built.
“It was unimaginable, especially when I was a kid, I can’t expect such news. It’s a conservative expression to say difficult,” Brent Wright said in an interview. NPR this week. His mother, 37-year-old Karen Jetter, was one of the dead.
“Some of your first reactions are shocks and incredibly scary.”
With the collapse of Champlain Towers South on the surfside, parallels were drawn. Florida, June 24th. Authorities have confirmed 97 deaths so far, and eight remain missing.Rescuer Stopped Search for survivors last week.
The Champlan Tower was built in the same year as the Kansas City tragedy. At the city’s Skywalk Memorial, a ceremony is held to commemorate the collapse of the sidewalk.
Dr. Joseph F. Wecker, a doctor and former medical director of Kansas City, was one of the first to respond in the field 40 years ago. He said he learned lessons about how emergency authorities communicate during such disasters.
“For example, I used to use a loudspeaker at first, but as soon as I was absorbed in the water, I shorted it,” he said. NPR This week, “Then it got dark, people shouted and shouted, and we were somehow organized.
“Follow command and control. Follow communication. Never give up hope. And never give up respect for your patient. Eventually you will see a little light at the end of the tunnel.”
In Surfside, Florida, apartment owners seemed to add a penthouse level at the last minute, violating building height rules, according to a file released by authorities. The Wall Street Journal report.
A Report by The New York Times Also claimed to have been Less rebar It is located at the foot of the surfside building rather than the original design plan of 1978.
The collapse of the surfside building, which occurred on a summer night with little warning, is still under investigation.