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Foundation failure likely cause of Moscow collapse


Foundation failure is the most likely cause of February's collapse at a Moscow water park, a St Petersburg based geophysicist has claimed. It is argued that acid groundwater rising through tectonic fissures in the underlying granite attacked and weakened the limestone strata on which the park was founded. A preliminary report into the tragedy, in which 29 people died, blamed a cost saving switch from the original aluminium roof columns to precast concrete.

But a number of eyewitnesses reported a wall failing before the complex dome roof began to come down.

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