*Renamed the Leaning Tower of San Francisco (after Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa) a highrise building in the Bay Area has sunk at least 16 inches and now appears to have tilted two inches to the northwest. The structure is the Millennium Tower on Mission Street. Now the City of San Francisco, who claims the problem was never disclosed to potential buyers, according to a news report by ABC World News Tonight, is suing the building’s developers.
Outside of the building, deep cracks appear in the sidewalk and building residents admit they don’t feel safe.
Frank Jernigan, one of the residents, demonstrates to ABC News reporter Kaya Whitworth, how the building tilts by placing a marble on the floor in his home. The marble not only rolls towards the tilt, but also changed direction showing the building’s imbalance.
PJ Johnson, a spokesman for the building’s developer, Millennium Partners, says the lawsuit has no grounds. “The building is safe. It’s seismically sound. It’s structural integrity has not been compromised,” says Johnson.
Wonder what he’ll say when the building topples over.
The thing is, one good earthquake could be dreadful for a building such as this. And the Bay Area is known for devastating quakes. I have experienced several of them; including the 6.9 magnitude quake on October 17, 1989. I traveled via The Bay Bridge every day going to work from Oakland to San Francisco and I happened to be absent from work on that day!
I was spared.
But because a section of the San Francisco Bay Bridge collapsed (see picture below) 67 people were killed and there was $5 BILLION dollars worth of damage done.
According to ABC News, the European Space Agency has released detailed data from satellite imagery that shows the 58-story skyscraper in San Francisco’s financial district is continuing to sink at a steady rate — and perhaps faster than previously known.
The news report also says the satellite data shows the Millennium Tower sunk 40 to 45 millimeters — or 1.6 to 1.8 inches — over a recent one-year period and almost double that amount — 70 to 75 mm (2.6 to 2.9 inches) — over its 17-month observation period, said Petar Marinkovic, founder and chief scientist of PPO Labs which analyzed the satellite’s radar imagery for the ESA along with Norway-based research institute Norut.
I can’t even fathom the devastation that a building of this magnitude would cause if it collapsed. I swear it would be like 9-11 all over again. The city is so concentrated, not unlike any big city. And so many people ….
I simply can’t fathom it. Prayer is definitely needed that this turns out well.