New Russian bridge over the Volga river gets the wobbles - video

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New Russian bridge over the Volga river gets the wobbles - video

Now this would be a challenge to cross, I would try it on a bike, according to another site it bounced a car 4 feet into the air. The bridge, the longest in Europe, was completed last year and opened in October 2009. Its construction cost 80.36 million dollars.

The Russian Emergency Ministry has closed a seven-kilometer-long bridge which crosses the Volga River in Volgograd, after the structure started to wobble.

The bridge remained closed on Friday morning and emergency services stood by in the area in case the structure deteriorated further.

Strong currents in the river caused by the huge flow of extra water from melting snow upstream had apparently loosened one of the vertical supports, which affected the balance of the entire bridge.

The Emergency Ministry office in Volgograd held a meeting to decide if the bridge would be re-opened for use in the near future.

There is confirmed information that the bridge is wobbling. At the moment all emergency forces are in place. The Volgograd Emergency Ministry is expected to hold an emergency meeting on the matter where they will take decision on whether or not the bridge can be used," said Volgograd Emergency Ministry official Vadim Basov. http://itn.co.uk/bd573313d4...

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All Russia is sitting puzzled near their TVs looking on the… wobbling bridge.

This phenomena is taking place in on of the Russian towns. The bridge stands across the Volga river and people say that there are absolutely no technical reasons why it should behave like that.

It stayed normal for a long time but now it went crazy without any reasonable reason - there were no earthquakes or strong winds in the area, however I bet you’ve never saw anything like that, when a heavy concrete bridge paved with a good deal of road surface dances like a soft rubber ribbon. From: http://englishrussia.com




Here is an earlier bridge with a similar problem

On November 7, 1940, at approximately 11:00 AM, the first Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge collapsed due to wind-induced vibrations. Situated on the Tacoma Narrows in Puget Sound, near the city of Tacoma, Washington, the bridge had only been open for traffic a few months



 http://www.enm.bris.ac.uk/a...

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By netchicken: posted on 23-5-2010








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