One possible reason for the balcony collapse that killed six people in Berkeley was water getting into the horizontal wooden beams supporting the balcony, causing dry rot, according to Gene St. Onge, a civil and structural engineer in Oakland. Read the story
Sources: Google Earth, Gene St. Ong, civil and structural engineer, Bernard Cuzzillo, consulting engineer. Graphics reporting by Rong Gong-Lin II.
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