A team of specialists led by professor Nunziante Squeglia, a geotechnics expert at the University of Pisa, have announced the findings after a 17-year study.The Capital Gate building in Abu Dhabi and the Leaning Tower of Wanaka in New Zealand both have bigger tilts, but were specially engineered to do so.The tower has now started to measurably straighten.The 800-year old tower was closed to the public for ten years in the 90s as part of a $A39 million restoration project to halt the tilt. It reopened 11 years later, after various methods to counteract the tilt managed to reduce it by 15.95 inches. He told the BBC: "What counts the most is the stability of the bell tower, which is better than expected". At least 30 killed, 40 injured in Hangu blast"It's as if it has had two centuries taken off its age", Professor Salvatore Settis, one member, said.The tower, he added, was "the most monitored monument in the world", with more than 100 sensors giving hourly readings on a host of … [Read more...] about The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now “leaning less”
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By The Washington Post | June 10, 2018 at 8:45 am By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. | Washington Post The Leaning Tower of Pisa and its 5.5-degree lean has vexed engineers for centuries. Partially constructed on unexpectedly soft soil, the ancient bell tower began to lean before it was even finished, a historical goof that went on to become one of the world’s historical oddities — and made the tower a UNESCO World Heritage site. How can something so obviously structurally unsound endure in an earthquake-prone region for hundreds of years? People who assemble an IKEA cabinet and have 18 pieces left over don’t expect to pass a wobbly Hemnes down to their great-grandchildren. Professor George Mylonakis wanted to know why. The tower in northwestern Italy has managed to survive two world wars, millions of tourist visits and at least four strong earthquakes that have hit the region since 1280, according to Phys.org. One of those quakes was greater than 6.0 on the Richter … [Read more...] about How Leaning Tower of Pisa has stood up to earthquakes for hundreds of years
The Leaning Tower of Pisa and its 5.5 degree lean has vexed engineers for centuries.Partially constructed on unexpectedly soft soil, the ancient bell tower began to lean before it was even finished, a historical goof that went on to become one of the world’s historical oddities - and made the tower a UNESCO World Heritage site.How can something so obviously structurally unsound endure in an earthquake-prone region for hundreds of years? People who assemble an IKEA cabinet and have 18 pieces left over don’t expect to pass a wobbly Hemnes down to their great-grandchildren.Professor George Mylonakis wanted to know why.The tower in northwestern Italy has managed to survive two world wars, millions of tourist visits and at least four strong earthquakes that have hit the region since 1280, according to Phys.org. One of those quakes was greater than 6.0 on the Richter scale.Mylonakis, an engineering professor who studies geotechnics and soil-structure interaction, and more than a … [Read more...] about Leaning Tower of Pisa has withstood earthquakes for centuries. Now, scientists know why.
1993 — 25 years ago• Jacqueline Henry was crowned the 1993 Olmsted County Dairy Princess. She is the daughter of Roger and Frances Henry of St. Charles.• Rochester’s two mayoral candidates and six city council candidates met in a forum for the first time. The forum included Mack Evans, Mary Petersson, Ruth Crawford, Nick Tretinyak Jr., Chuck Hazama, Paul Myhrom, Tony Sinkiewicz and Jean McConnell.1968 – 50 years ago• Julie Krusemark has been awarded a Rotary International Foundation Fellowship and will study next year at the University of Pisa in Italy. Julie, co-valedictorian in 1966 at Lourdes High School, is now a sophomore majoring in languages at the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul.• New rules of the road for trailers were recently outlined by Minnesota Highway Patrol Chief John Harbinson. The driver is responsible for the security of the load and trucks towing trailers must stay at least 50 feet behind traffic ahead.1943 – 75 … [Read more...] about Day in History: City Council curtails all projects
For any traveler, Europe has interesting stories to tell and interesting cultures to share. Here’s some travel news from Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany and Austria for those visiting the Continent this summer. Spain Neglected corners of Spain’s cities are being made more inviting for visitors. Sevilla’s Triana neighborhood, long considered the “wrong side of the river,” is becoming the most colorful and authentic part of town. It now hosts a bustling fruit and vegetable market, numerous tapas bars and the Museo de la Cerámica de Triana, which highlights the district’s tile-producing history. After visiting the museum, it’s fun to wander and admire the lavishly decorated facades of the ceramics workshops that once populated this quarter. Pictured: Sevilla’s Triana district In Madrid, the formerly sleazy, no-go Chueca district, just north of the busy shopping street called Gran Via, is now trendy … [Read more...] about Traveling to France, Italy, more: What’s new in Europe