Wednesday, January 19, 2011

September 26th, 2006

Danang, Vietnam. Typhoon Xangsane made landfall in Vietnam late in the evening and made quick work of a tower crane breaking it in the mast. The crane was being used on the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Hotel project. When it snapped it came down losing it's counterweights which landed in a nearby house killing two children and seriously injuring the mother. The story is from a forum, so the details aren't confirmed. But there was a picture found to go along with the story. 

In Hurricanes or tornado's, you can't do much other than make sure that the crane is weather vaned and hope that the winds don't climb over 140 MPH or so because virtually all cranes are in trouble at that point. This particular hurricane was a category 4, which puts it at 131 to 155 mph winds. I don't think that we can fault the crane or anyone when the crane is hit with such unusual winds. Just get back from it and house people away from it. 

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