Holy Smokes: Retaining Wall Fails In Istanbul, Causing Entire Building To Slide Into Pit

July 27, 2018


These are two videos from a construction site in Istanbul, Turkey. The first is of a retaining wall failing spectacularly, creaking and groaning and shooting metal pieces off before finally coming crumbling down. Authorities say the collapse was a result of heavy rains and Mickey Mouse engineering. The second video is of the building above sliding down into the hole after the retaining wall failed. Apparently the building "was built illegally in 1994 and it had no construction license or occupancy permit and had problems with its foundation." Wow. Obviously, I just called my landlord and demanded he provide me with proof that the apartment building was built to code and won't be collapsing anytime soon. Also to send somebody to patch a few holes. "What happened?" A pirate friend and I got INTO IT. "Captain Morgan?" He's not welcome here anymore, not even for parties.

Keep going for the videos, but watch them in order and make sure to have your volume on.

Thanks to Marc B, who agrees sometimes retaining walls just get tired of retaining and want to try something different.

  • dougfunnay

    Wow. Obviously, I just called my landlord and demanded he provide me with proof that the apartment building was built to code and won't be collapsing anytime soon.

    actually not a bad idea
    an unbelievable number of homes are not built to code
    a little grease goes a long way

  • Jenness

    The sound in the first one of metal and rocks hitting and plinking in a building rhythm until large metal supports started to pop out was both pretty (like rain) but also ominous.

  • Meh

    This is why the ones at Baalbeck are like 1200 tons a piece.

  • Gordon Freeman

    Allahu Akbar!

  • TheQiwiMan

    I have it on very good authority that Istanbul was Constantinople, so if you have a date in Constantinople, she’ll be waiting in Istanbul.

  • I've also heard that old New York was once New Amsterdam.
    Why they changed it I can't say, people just like it better that way.

  • GeneralDisorder

    You also can't go back to Constantinople. Been a long time gone.

    Side note: the original version of that song is from 1953

  • The_Wretched

    Ah, youtube lookup. They might be giants version is similar to that by the 4 lads version. Helps explain why it's so odd actually.

  • Thanks for the info, Lad...
    Ooohhhh...that one's Smoooottthh...

  • Closet Nerd

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  • The_Wretched

    yeah, same here

  • TheMajesticWaterRuffalo

    Is this post implying that Mickey Mouse is a bad engineer? The Disney legal team will surely be in touch.

  • Sean Lally

    I was at a Disneyland hotel when there was an earthquake in the middle of the night. Was evacuated and they had engineers on site within 30 minutes to inspect. Impressive.

  • Bling Nye

    I really hope they evacuated that building that slid in. Before it slid in.

  • paperboy

    They probably added people.

  • Jenness

    That's so morbid...but I laughed.

  • Talon184

    Just what I was thinking

  • Doog

    GW -Was this your apartment building? Did the nudie mags help?

  • Geekologie


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