Massachusetts has experienced a large number of structural failures over the past month due to extreme snowfall. This past Wednesday (March 4th), after an additional 2 inches of snow accumulation, some 20 roof collapses occurred across the state including a large industrial complex in Hyde Park. A 10,000-ft2 section of the roof failed causing a 150-foot long section of CMU wall to crumble into the street alongside the complex. Power and gas lines were also damaged in the failure. Officials stated that this group of collapses brings the total to 21 since February 9.
Two new videos reveal the devastation caused by the magnitude 7.8 Nepal earthquake, that severely affected the country, are provided below. A short video taken during the earthquake shows massive landslides triggered by the seismic activity, while a drone that flew over the affectred areas after the earthquake captures breath taking pictures of the degree of destruction.
Within less than 48 hrs following the Mw 6.4 earthquake that occurred near Lefkada island in Greece, on November 17th 2015, engineers from Geoengineer.org, the University of Michigan (USA) and the University of Patras (Greece) mobilized to quickly perform condition assessment at select sites that are of potential scientific interest. The team deployed an Unmanned Aerial Autonomous Vehicle (UAAV) that was able to collect footage of affected areas. The UAAV successfully by-passed roads that were closed by landslides and other damaged infrastructure that impacted accessibility.
Geoengineer.org join forces with University of Michigan, GEER reconnaissance team and GNS science geologists and engineers to provide UAV expertise in 3D mapping of landslides and ground-surface fault ruptures.