Two weeks later, it has become a tragedy in slow motion.
The search for why it happened seems to piddle forward at a crawl. The hope of finding survivors is frozen in place. Even the rise of the death toll feels laggard, its upward creep sluggish yet terribly inexorable.
At least 60 people have been confirmed dead, but there are 80 more yet to be accounted for. Meantime, people in nearby condos must ascend to their homes wondering if they are safe, or if the same unknown thing that caused their neighbor’s building to fall might also happen to them.
There is, as yet, nothing definitive to say about any of this. Authorities are pleading for patience.
Two weeks after part of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Fla., sheared off in the middle of the night, the search for answers is not moving nearly fast enough to keep pace with the all-too-human need to know.
The slow pace of the tragedy now stands in stark contrast to the awful abruptness with which it began.