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The Strongest Bridge: Akashi Kaikyo  

While talking about bridges, how we can forget Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. It is known as the strongest and longest suspension bridge in the world with a length of 12,831 feet. This bridge is also called ‘Pearl Bridge’. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is located in Japan and serves as a link between the city of Kobe and Iwaya. This four miles wide bridge has six lanes. The construction of this bridge started in 1988 and took 10 years to complete.

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Quick Facts: –

  • Approximately two million workers worked for 10 years to construct this bridge. This construction used 180,000 tonnes of steel and 1.4 million cubic metres of concrete.
  • This bridge has three different records: – the strongest, longest and most expensive suspension bridge in the world.
  • Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is a typhoon region in which winds can reach speeds of 290 kmph.
  • The total length of cables used in the construction of this bridge is about 300,000 kilometres.
  • This bridge has been designed to withstand earthquakes and harsh sea condition. The Kobe earthquake of January 1995 is the best example to show the strength of this bridge.
  • This bridge was under construction when this earthquake struck the country. Magnitude of this earthquake was 7.2
  • The total cost of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge was $4.3 billion.
  • On an average, about 25,000 cars pass on it every day.
  • Now it has become a tourist attraction of the country as two amazing parks named as Maiko and Asagiri have been built near the bridge.
  • It was a challenge for Japanese engineers to build a bridge like this because Japan is located in the Ring of Fire. Chances of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are more than any other area.
 

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