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Concrete wall collapse threatens school, apartments

Date Posted: 2007-08-15

A Nanjo City junior high school as ‘Keep Out’ signs posted as city engineers study what to do next after a concrete wall collapsed last weekend during torrential rains, damaging the school and an adjacent city-owned apartment building.
The buildings, in the Chinen Kudeken area, are threatened by the crumbling wall, which had a 60-meter stretch collapse. The 15-meter-high wall slid into the junior high school grounds and against the apartment building during Saturday’s 433mm (17”) downpour. Mud and sand slammed into the schoolyard with a ferocity that shattered lunchroom window glass and buckled swollen asphalt.
The Board of Education has ordered the school off limits while engineers assess the situation. No injuries were reported, partially because it happened during summer school break, and on a weekend.
The city owned apartment building grounds rumbled and sunk one meter, forcing evacuation of 24 people in six families. Nanjo City officials say they’re fearful the apartment building itself could collapse.

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