National Geographic Channel MegaStructures

Season 1 Episode 6

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 20, 2004 on National Geographic
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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
In 1955, two ferries sank along the Akashi Strait, Japan, killing 168 children. It led to a 30 year research on designing a bridge that would link the Awaji Island to Kobe; the bridge would also have to be able to withstand severe earthquakes and typhoons, a norm in that area. In 1988, Japan began construction of the world’s longest, highest and most expensive suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. The episode presents a stage by stage look at the construction of the suspension bridge, and the obstacles faced in its construction, including the Kobe earthquake in 1995.moreless

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