Again, I was never really surprised that the collapse continued once it started, or terribly surprised that the collapse followed the damage. (My timeline for the morning is different than most given my late wake-up time and time zone; I didn't see any of it until after it happened.) While I'm not an engineer, that was a lot of damage, and--because I grew up and still live in earthquake country--I'm perfectly aware of pancaking. Heck, the dorms I lived in during my final two years of college are designed to pancake in a severe-enough earthquake rather than knock into each other and cause even greater damage.
So here's my question, I suppose. If it's "common sense" that's important, here, why is my common sense response invalid?
"Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"
"You can't erase icing."
"I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"