Tuesday, July 1, 2008

April 1st, 2002

Taipei 101, worlds tallest building for a time was struck by a 6.8 earthquake when the building was being constructed on the 56th floor. Four Favelle Favco's were being used at the time. Two of the cranes were shaken loose from their anchorages and plumeted to the ground killing 5 and injuring many. I've seen video of the collapse on television and it's incredible, but I've never been able to find a link on the internet. At the end of the day, earth quakes of substantial size have the ability to take down cranes. Especially if they are being bottom climbed and rely on the strength of the building itstself for support and have minimal clearances between floors and mast sections.
Here is the link to the story.


I finally found a link to the video and had to post a new post to add it. See August 15th 2008 posting.

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