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August 31, 2011

An Entire 13-story building Lying on the Ground

by mark mclean

YES,  IT’S An ENTIRE 13-STORY BUILDING IN CHINA LYING ON THE GROUND 

(1)  An underground garage was being dug on the south 
side of the building,  to a depth of 4.6 metres (15 ft). 
(2) The excavated  dirt was being piled up on the north 
side of the building,  to a height of 10 metres (32 ft). 
(3) They dug right  up to the base of the building. 
Then the rains  came.
(4) The building experienced uneven lateral  pressure 
from  north to south. 
(5) This  resulted in a lateral pressure of 3,000 tonnes, 
which was greater than  what the un-reinforced pilings 
could tolerate. Thus,  the building toppled completely 
over in a southerly  direction.

*First,  the apartment building was constructed.* 

Then  the plan called for an underground garage to be dug  out. 
The  excavated soil was piled up on the other side of the  building.


*Heavy  rains resulted in water seeping into the  ground.*

The  building began to tilt. Then it  began to shift, and the 
“hollow” concrete  pilings were snapped due to the uneven 
lateral  pressures.

And  thus was born the eighth wonder of the world. 

If  these buildings were closer together, 
it would have resulted  in a domino effect.


Notice  that there’s NO rebar in the pilings!
Just some wire  mesh.

They  built 13 stories on  grade,  with no  basement, 
and tied it all down  to hollow pilings  with no  rebar.

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