Megastructures: Akashi Kaikyo - Sunday 27 January

SUNDAY 27th JANUARY

MEGASTRUCTURES: Akashi Kaikyo

DOCUMENTARY

It’s the world’s longest suspension bridge – a third longer than any constructed before. It is also the tallest and the most expensive suspension bridge ever built. But it’s built in a place where no bridge should be.

Japan’s Akashi Strait is a deepwater channel beset by typhoons; heavy rain; treacherous currents and to make things worse, it is built in the middle of a major earthquake zone. Midway through construction the bridge was hit by the full force of the Kobe earthquake. Incredibly, construction is only delayed by a month. The bridge has been open and trouble-free for six years. But could it one day fall down?

MEGASTRUCTURES: Akashi Kaykyo, Sunday 27th January at 6:00pm

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