Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Miyagi, Japan's Bridges: The Utatsu Bridge (3)

March 2012 (38.716 Degrees, 141.523 Degrees) Utatsu Bridge
A couple of interesting things about the Utatsu Bridge. It appears that there was some ground shaking damage to this bridge before the tsunami. This short, stiff column may have been damaged due to rotation of the hammerhead bent cap before the tsunami struck the mainland.
Also, the other end of the bridge (across the bay) didn't lose its superstructure. The two ends survived intact while the middle of the bridge was washed away as seen in the Google Earth photo below.
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