Published On: Sun, Feb 17th, 2019

The Building Of St. Petersburg University Collapse

Several floors collapsed in the late afternoon for unknown reasons. 90 people were saved, according to findings, no fatalities were reported.

St. Petersburg University

During the classes, parts of a university building in the Russian city of St. Petersburg collapsed on Saturday. Dozens of students and employees were inside, said the civil defense of the Baltic metropolis. Nearly 90 people were rescued from the destroyed building.

No one was seriously injured, according to first findings, there are no fatalities. In Russian schools and universities, weekend classes are not uncommon.

How it collapsed, is still unclear. On video footage it was possible to see how cracks formed on walls within a few seconds and as the buckled. At least four floors broke. Only some of the students were able to get to safety in time. “We suddenly heard a loud creaking and unusual noises in the middle of class,” said Vladimir Vasilyev, Rector of the Interfax agency. “Then we all stormed out of the building: professors, students and staff.” Some had come into the open air via the fire escapes.

The building belongs to the State University for Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics Saint Petersburg (ITMO) and is located in the historical center of the metropolis. In one of the floors, minor repairs were made right before the collapse. The authorities determined whether all safety precautions were met.

In Russia, it is always the collapse of buildings. It was not until New Year’s Eve that a residential building was destroyed in a gas explosion in the industrial city Magnitogorsk in Siberia. About 40 people were killed. Houses in Russia should be inspected for defects at least once a year, but in many cases this is not kept. In addition, there is hardly any investment in older residential buildings, many are ailing and dilapidated.

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