• Short Summary

    ITALIAN EXPERTS LOOKING INTO WAYS TAKING SOME OF THE LEAN OUT OF THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA, OR OF AGREEING ON SOME OTHER SAY OF PREVENTING IT FROM EVENTUALLY TOPPLING OVER, STILL HAVEN'T ANNOUNCED ANY CONCLUSIONS AFTER MONTHS OF STUDY.

  • Description

    ITALIAN EXPERTS LOOKING INTO WAYS TAKING SOME OF THE LEAN OUT OF THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA, OR OF AGREEING ON SOME OTHER SAY OF PREVENTING IT FROM EVENTUALLY TOPPLING OVER, STILL HAVEN'T ANNOUNCED ANY CONCLUSIONS AFTER MONTHS OF STUDY. A GOVERNMENT COMMISSION OF 20 EXPERTS IS INVESTIGATING THE PROBLEM, USING X-RAY APPARATUS AND SOIL-SAMPLING METHODS AT THE SITE OF THE TOWER - ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST TOURIST ATTRACTION.

    THE PISA TOWER WEIGHS SOME 15,000 TONS. IT STANDS SOME 180 FEET (ABOUT 55 METRES) HIGH, AND IS ABOUT 17 FEET ( ABOUT 5 METRES) OFF CENTRE. THE TOWER BEGAN TO LEAN AFTER THE FIRST THREE PORTICOED STOREYS WERE BUILT IN THE 12TH CENTURY. A HUNDRED YEARS LATER, FOUR MORE STOREYS WERE ADDED AT A SLIGHT ANGLE INTENDED TO CORRECT THE LIST.

    IN 13,000 THE TOWER WAS COMPLETED WITH A GRACEFUL BELFRY. NONE OF THE EFFORTS THEN OR SINCE, INCLUDING THE INJECTION OF CEMENT INTO THE FOUNDATIONS IN 1934, SUCCEEDED IN HALTING THE SLOW-MOTION TOPPLE. SOME THINK THE TOWER WILL STAND FOR ANOTHER TWO CENTURES, AS THE INCREASE IN THE SLANT IS ONLY ABOUT ONE MILLIMETRE A YEAR.

    HOWEVER, THE ITALIAN AUTHORITIES REGARD THE THREAT AS SERIOUS, PARTICULARLY IN THAT THE WATERLOGGED GROUND ON WHICH THE TOWER STANDS MAY SUDDENLY GIVE AWAY. THE PEOPLE OF PISA SAY THAT IF THE TOWER LOST ITS LEAN ALTOGETHER IT WOULD ALSO LOSE ITS MAGNETISM FOR TOURISTS, OF WHOM SOME 250 A DAY CLIMB THE 293 STEPS OF THE TOWER.

    SUGGESTIONS FOR REMOVING THE THREAT OF COLLAPSE FROM THE TOWER HAVE POURED IN FROM MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD. THESE INCLUDE: MOVING THE TOWER STONE BY STONE TO FIRMER GROUND; THREADING STEEL POLES THROUGH IT; GROWING SPECIAL PLANTS AROUND IT TO STRENGTHEN THE SOIL; AND DROPPING IT UP WITH A STEEL LEVER AND HYDRAULIC JACK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACBDZUW1FJWVDTZLF9VMNI22I9
    Media URN:
    VLVACBDZUW1FJWVDTZLF9VMNI22I9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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