The 8th Wonder Of The World
The pinnacle of bridge engineering, the $4.3 billion dollar Akashi Kaikyo Bridge connecting Kobe to Awaji Island in Japan is the largest suspension bridge and has the longest span of any in the world. It exceeds the size of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge by 55%.
It was designed to survive Tsunami, Typhoon, or earthquake.
The bridge has three spans. The central span is 1,991 m (6,532 ft), and the two other sections are each 960 m (3,150 ft). The bridge is 3,911 m (12,831 ft) long overall.
The two main supporting towers rise 282.8 m (928 ft) above sea level, and the bridge can expand because of heat by up to 2 m (7 ft) over the course of a day.
A great documentary about the bridge was produced by National Geographic.
May 31st, 2014
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