Saturday 16 February 2019
Several St. Petersburg students use the weekend to study at their university. But then some plans collapse. Rescuers manage to evacuate the late building.
During the teaching sessions, parts of a university building collapsed in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Dozens of students and employees were included for a short time, said the civil defense of the Baltic metropolis. About 90 people were rescued from the destroyed building. No one was seriously injured, according to the first discoveries, there are no victims.
As it could collapse, it was initially unclear. In video shooting it was possible to see how cracks formed on walls in a few seconds and these were deformed. At least four floors have been made. Only some students managed to achieve security on time.
"We suddenly heard a loud crunch and unusual noises in the middle of the class," said Vladimir Vasilyev, rector of the Interfax agency. "Then we all came out of the building: professors, students and staff." Some had come to the open air through the fire escape stairs. In Russian schools and universities, weekend classes are not uncommon.
The building belongs to the State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics of St. Petersburg (ITMO) and is located in the historical center of the metropolis. On one of the floors, minor repairs should have been carried out immediately before the collapse. The authorities determine if all the safety precautions have been observed. Houses in Russia should be inspected for defects at least once a year, but in many cases this is not maintained.