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Old December 3rd, 2005, 06:50 PM   #1
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Expert: Taiwan Skyscraper May Cause Quakes

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Dec 3, 7:02 AM (ET)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - The weight of the world's tallest skyscraper - specially built to withstand Taiwan's frequent earthquakes - could be causing a rise in the number of tremors beneath it, a professor from the island wrote in a scientific journal.

Lin Cheng-horng, an earthquake specialist at the National Taiwan Normal University in the capital, Taipei, says the 1,679-foot Taipei 101 building - named for the number of floors - might rest on an earthquake fault line.

In the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, Lin wrote that the pressure of the building's 700,000 tons on the ground may be leading to increased seismic activity.

The tremors "could be a direct result of the loading of the mega-structure," said an abstract of Lin's article, published on the American Geophysical Union's Web site.

However, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said on Friday that the one year since the building's completion was too short a time in which to evaluate its effect on tremors.

Taipei 101, which looks like a giant steel-and-glass bamboo shoot, is equipped with a 733-ton ball suspended near the top that moves to counter the force of earthquakes or strong winds.

Earthquakes are frequent in Taiwan. Most cause no casualties or damage, but in September 1999 a magnitude 7.6 quake in central Taiwan killed more than 2,300 people.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 07:04 PM   #2
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That can be true, but I don't think it would be enough for a big earthquake...
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 08:34 PM   #3
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I don't really believe. Looks like just skyscraperophobe writtings. Everything could be proved. One tests proving that living on high floors is hurting the health and another tests proving inverse statements.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 08:38 PM   #4
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I'm not an expert, but then, I don't think skyscrapers are really a threat on hearthquakes risk. This Taipei101 is a technical wonder IMO.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 08:46 PM   #5
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That can be true, but I don't think it would be enough for a big earthquake...
I read in a Norwegian article (Dagbladet) that two 'powerfull' earthquakes occoured just directly beneath Taipei 101 since december 2003. The earthquakes was 3.8 and 3.2 richters scale. So its not major earthquakes but strong enough to be felt.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 09:08 PM   #6
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Interesting. I wonder why this hasn't occured elsewhere, like, say, in LA or Tokyo.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 09:41 PM   #7
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Pathetic.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 09:55 PM   #8
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It looks like every idiot and every idiot opinion can be published and presented as a fact. It's even more idiot that there are people who will believe it...
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 10:15 PM   #9
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It's just one "small" skyscraper compared to an entire planet. I think the effect on causing the planet to shift from putting a skyscraper in one spot would be extremely minimal.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 10:49 PM   #10
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Very interesting, but as they said, too early to judge.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 03:20 AM   #11
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It's probably just one crazy scientist trying to get his name mentioned in the papers.
Although, I remember reading about Shanghai sinking because of the towers, so I guess it's common to blame skyscrapers for ecological problems
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Old December 4th, 2005, 04:41 AM   #12
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If that was true, both Manhattan Island and Hong Kong would have dropped into a hole long time ago ^ ^
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Old December 4th, 2005, 04:48 AM   #13
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If this is true, Burj Dubai will cause the collapse of our planet.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 04:52 AM   #14
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If this is true, Burj Dubai will cause the collapse of our planet.
Well Burj dubai isnt in an active earthquake area like Tapei 101 is
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Old December 4th, 2005, 07:45 AM   #15
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If that was true, both Manhattan Island and Hong Kong would have dropped into a hole long time ago ^ ^
no, because Shanghai is on sandy soil in the yangzhe delta.
As for NYC, it sits on Manhattan Schist, they barely get tunnels in that, I doubt it would really sink.
not that I believe any of this though, I think it's nonsense that the tower would cause any quake at all
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Old December 4th, 2005, 02:49 PM   #16
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no, because Shanghai is on sandy soil in the yangzhe delta.
As for NYC, it sits on Manhattan Schist, they barely get tunnels in that, I doubt it would really sink.
not that I believe any of this though, I think it's nonsense that the tower would cause any quake at all
Sorry, I was referring to the initial post, not your reply :-)
The Pudong sinking thing is based on some serious scientific stuff, at least, although I think it has been exagerated a lot by media and rumor spreading ;-)
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Old December 4th, 2005, 03:18 PM   #17
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Is the article saying Taipei 101 is causing earthquakes or it feels earthquakes more than other buildings because it's lying directly on a fault line?
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Old December 4th, 2005, 09:49 PM   #18
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It says, building causes earthquakes. And its proofs are two small eartquakes after this tower built.

imo, NONSENSE.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 10:41 PM   #19
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i doubt the building is heavy enough to influence the tension in the tectonic plate that it sits on. its just another lame excuse to cover up the fact that the world is falling to peces all around us.
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Old December 4th, 2005, 10:45 PM   #20
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Compare the weigh of a bilding with a small mountain or so. It's impossible that a building could make earthquake.
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