Engineers revealed the mysterious reason why the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Tuscan region of Italy is slanted, according to the Daily Mail Wednesday.
University of Bristol and Roma Tre University researchers finally believe they have an answer to why the tower remained intact despite tumultuous earthquakes in Tuscany. Scientists believe soil allowed the 191-foot-high building on a five-degree angle to withstand against at least four earthquakes since 1280, the Daily Mail reported.
“Ironically, the very same soil that caused the leaning instability and brought the Tower to the verge of collapse, can be credited for helping it survive these seismic events,” said Professor Mylonakis, a person part of the 16-person study from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol. The soil allegedly lessened the earthquake vibrations underneath to not wreck the famous tower.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa stands in the Piazza dei Miracoli and was created as a bell tower. It is one of the seven wonders of the world, according to their official website. The construction began in 1173, the tower began leaning in 1178, and it finally opened in the 14th century.
More information about the study will be at the 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Thessaloniki, Greece, in June.
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