Simulation Offers Possible Explanation to the Devastating Surfside Building Collapse

This is the most logical explanation with what is known about the tragic collapse thus far.
Derya Ozdemir

A devastating incident took place in the early morning of the 24th of June 2021, when a series of condominiums at 8777 Collins Avenue, Surfside, Florida suddenly collapsed. Two weeks later, on July 6, crews searching the building collapse site have found four more victims, bringing the death toll to 36, according to NPR.

The reason behind the tragic collapse remains unknown as of this writing; however, a study conducted last year by Shimon Wdowinski, a professor at Florida International University's Institute of Environment, showed that the 12-story building showed signs of sinking between the early and late 1990s at a rate of a few millimeters per year.

Recently, Mike Bell, who is an architect with "the brain of an engineer from the bottom tip of Africa, Cape Town," took to YouTube to put together the sequence simulation of the Surfside collapse based on photographic evidence and eyewitness accounts.

As it is already declared in the video, the scenario illustrated here is only meant as a potential explanation. "The true cause will only be revealed in time with firm evidence and thorough analysis," Mike Bell wrote.

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