The Garisenda Tower in Bologna, Italy, also known as the ‘Leaning Tower’, has been stable for almost 1,000 years. But according to reports, the city’s tallest tower is now in danger of collapsing due to excessive tilting. The 150-foot-high tower has been leaning at an angle of 4 degrees since the 14th century. Authorities had tried to remove the top of the building with the aim of stabilizing it. The iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa is tilted at 5 degrees. Italy has done extensive work over the years to maintain the integrity of the tower.
Italy’s Garisenda Tower in danger of collapse
The iconic tower stands more than 150 feet tall and was built in the 12th century. It stands next to the Asinelli Tower which is higher. Both are famous tourist destinations in the city.
What have the authorities done in anticipation of the tower’s collapse?
The city council decided to build a protective metal cordon to “contain debris generated by a possible collapse, to reduce the vulnerability of surrounding buildings and the risk to the population, as well as to block access to the off-limits area.” To be”. In October 2023, sensor readings that measure the ancient towers’ activities triggered an alarm. As a result, authorities ordered the immediate closure of the area around the tower. Meanwhile, monitoring equipment around the tower gives readings every 15 minutes. This helps the officials to stay updated about the latest situation.
What do the officers say?
Speaking with CNN, a local official highlighted that a “yellow” alert has been issued as a precaution. Specifically, a red alert would mean that collapse is imminent. He also said that the tower collapse incident is being seen as a worst-case scenario.
“We are behaving as if this is the worst-case scenario, but that doesn’t mean it will happen,” the local authority said. “We’re behaving as if it’s going to collapse, but no one knows when that could happen – it could be three months, 10 years or 20 years,” he said. He added, “If there was any imminent danger of collapse we would have evacuated everyone.”