February 27, 2012 a suspected domestic gas explosion in a nine storey apartment building in the city of Astrakhan (Aстрахань) in southern Russia took out the lower levels of the building, but structural damage resulted in the collapse of all apartments immediately above. The surreal fold down was caught on video.
Some Russian columnists speculated that the explosion was a terrorist attack, seeing how it was auspiciously timed to happen just before the presidential elections in Russia and mere hours after Russian state television reported on an alleged plot to assassinate reigning president Vladimir Putin. In 1999, terrorists bombed apartment buildings in Moscow, Buynaksk and Volgodonsk, killing almost 300 people so skepticism was not entirely out of line.
Video of the collapse after the explosion had taken out the lower levels of the building is below:
This video was filmed after the collapse and shows people form neighboring apartments overlooking the disaster below:
Longer video filmed from an apartment building opposite the blasted one shows starts shortly after the explosion and continues through the collapse: