Applied Knowledge

East Harlem Building Collapse

Date of Occurrence: March 12, 2014 Location: Harlem, NY Event: Explosion and Building Collapse Fatalities: 7 Injuries/Displaced: 60

Firefighters responded to a building collapse @Park Avenue and 116th Street in NYC.  It was reported at 9:30 am March 11.  116th Street closed from 5th to Lexington Avenue.  At least 11 injuries were reported.  Metro-North Railroad has been suspended.

Firefighters respond to collapsed building. ( NEW YORK DAILY NEW)

March 13 2014

The Harlem gas leak explosion has now caused at least  7 deaths and has destroyed 2 buildings and caused heavy impact on surrounding buildings.  A 5-alarm fire ensued after the explosion and subsequent building collapse.  Recovery efforts are currently underway.

The two buildings that were destroyed housed a Spanish Christian Church and a piano repair store.


NY Daily News



USA Today

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Southern Iraq

Date of Occurrence: March 9, 2014 Location: Checkpoint in Hilla, Iraq Event: Suicide Bombing Fatalities: 45 Injuries/Displaced: 206

A security checkpoint near Hilla, Iraq was attacked during rush hour on Sunday, March 9th by a suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden mini-bus.  The blast also ignited  over 30 cars  with many drivers and passengers trapped inside their vehicles. Security officers, civilians, women, and children were among the casualties claimed by the attack.  With frequent attacks have been occurring against security forces and in areas where crowds gather, this attack was a combination of the two.

North of Hilla, a separate gun attack at a police checkpoint killed two and left two wounded.  Other attacks in the area have killed at least four others and wounded around 40 individuals.

Suicide bombing site at checkpoint in Hilla, Iraq. (Agence France Press-Getty Images)


New York Times

Yahoo News

Sectarian Violence in Yemen Kills 40

Date of Occurrence: March 8, 2014 Location: Sana, Yemen Event: Sectarian violence Fatalities: 40 Injuries/Displaced: unknown

At least 40 people have died as a result of sectarian violence between Shiite Muslim rebels and Sunni tribesmen in and around Sana, Yemen.  Clashes over the past few days have occurred in the Al Jawf Province (90 miles NE of Sana) and Hamdan (10 NW Sana).  In addition, a 3-story Sunni religious center was destroyed on Sunday the 9th.


New York Times