Surfside, Miami – A portion of a high-rise condo collapsed in South Florida on Thursday. A part of the building ripped off and fell to the ground. According to sources, at least one person died, 10 got injured and many went missing.
There were more than 130 units in the condo. 55 of them were destroyed on Thursday. On his visit to the site, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called the incident “Really, really traumatic.” Perhaps now the most important question to ask is “How did this happen?”
The reason is still not clear. In fact, it could be months before we can identify the cause of this tragic collapse. Could it be a sinkhole? Uneven soil settlement? Or saltwater intrusion?
The theories are countless. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said, “Buildings in America don’t just fall down like this. There is a reason. We need to find that reason.”
Until now, the investigations are still going on, trying to pinpoint any abnormality as the cause of failure. President Biden has approved an emergency declaration, allowing Homeland Security and FEMA to coordinate relief operations.
Relatives of the missing persons have gathered nearby. They are desperately searching for their loved ones but most of them still haven’t got in touch.
To find out more about nearby sinkholes in Miami-Dade County, check this Miami-Dade County sinkhole map.