(Trends Wide Spanish) — 365 days have passed since the tragedy in Miami. On Thursday, June 24, 2021, a 12-story residential building with more than 130 apartments partially collapsed in the community of Surfside, Miami-Dade County, South Florida.
The building that collapsed was Champlain Towers South, located at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside. The disaster left dozens of people under the rubble.
The search and rescue efforts lasted just over a month, until July 26, when the aid teams found the body of the last victim of the tragedy. In total, the collapse left 98 people dead (97 directly in the collapse and one more in the hospital), who were between 1 and 92 years old.
The wound of the tragedy in Surfside is still open. As recently as May of this year, a $997 million tentative settlement was reached with the families of the victims and survivors (final approval is yet to come), which will help a little to heal.
A year after what happened in Surfside, these are some of the most shocking images.
Aerial view of the partially collapsed building in Surfside on June 24, 2021. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A member of a search team moves debris at the site on July 7. Authorities switched from search and rescue to search and recovery after determining “the viability of life in the debris” was low, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said. (Photo: Al Diaz/AP)
Workers gather for a moment of silence and prayer after it was announced that the rescue effort would be upgraded to a recovery operation. (Photo: Jose A Iglesias/Pool/Getty Images)
Crews work at the site of the collapsed building on July 6. (Photo: Andrew West/The News-Press/Imagn Content Services)
A controlled explosion brings down the unstable remains of the building on July 4. (Photo: Giorgio Viera/AFP/Getty Images)
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visit a memorial near the partially collapsed building on July 1. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
A Coast Guard boat patrols the water ahead of Biden’s visit. (Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP)
Millions of kilograms of concrete have been removed since the search and rescue efforts began. (Photo: Giorgio Viera/AFP/Getty Images)
Eliagne Sanchez and K. Parker place flowers on the beach near the partially collapsed building. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Grieving people light candles on the beach near the building. (Photo: Angel Valentin/The New York Times/Redux)
Firefighters battle a fire at the collapse site. (Photo: Al Diaz/AP)
Rescuers use a crane to survey the damage. (Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue dogs helped search teams at the scene. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
This photo was tweeted by the Miami-Dade Fire Department after the building collapsed. (Photo: MiamiDadeFire/Twitter)
The partial collapse left huge piles of rubble and materials hanging from what was left of the structure. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Debris hangs from the building on June 24, the day of the collapse. (Photo: David Santiago/Miami Herald/AP)
Rescue personnel search through the rubble with dogs. (Photo: David Santiago/Miami Herald/AP)
The names of the victims of the Champlain Towers South collapse are written on a banner surrounding the vacant lot where the 12-story building stood, in Surfside, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Relatives of the victims mourn at the makeshift memorial where the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South building stood in Surfside, Florida, on August 24, 2021, two months after the tragedy. (Photo: CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
An aerial view of the cleared lot where the 12-story Champlain Towers South condominium building once stood, on May 5, 2022 in Surfside, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
With reporting by Chuck Johnston, Michael Roa, Amir Vera, Deanna Hackney, Madeline Holcombe and Eliott C. McLaughlin*
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