Collapse of Lotus Riverside Block 7

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The collapse of Block 7 at Lotus Riverside (a 13-story apartment building) in 2009 is an accident that killed one person.

Lotus Riverside[edit]

Lotus Riverside (simplified Chinese: 莲花河畔景苑; traditional Chinese: 蓮花河畔景苑; pinyin: lián huā hé pàn jǐng yuàn) is a residential apartment complex located in Minhang District, Shanghai, China.


On June 27, 2009 at 5:30 Am UTC+8, Block 7, one of the eleven 13-story buildings of the apartment complex, collapsed, killing one worker named Xiao Dekun.


According to the Wall Street Journal, which referenced Shanghai Daily:

"According to Shanghai Daily, initial investigations attribute the accident to the excavations for the construction of a garage under the collapsed building. Large quantities of earth were removed and dumped in a landfill next to a nearby creek; the weight of the earth caused the river bank to collapse, which, in turn, allowed water to seep into the ground, creating a muddy foundation for the building that toppled."[1]

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Coordinates: 31°07′36″N 121°23′52″E / 31.1268°N 121.3978°E / 31.1268; 121.3978