11 of the biggest structural failures in history
- Structural failures can happen for many reasons, but the results are very often devastating.
- Here's a look at some of the most devastating structural failures in history, from an ancient stadium collapse that killed 20,000 people to a bridge that famously twisted and turned in heavy winds.
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Ambition often outstrips reason when it comes to building.After all, who can resist adding their mark to the landscape of any city or countryside? Trying to achieve such a feat often leads to lasting glory, but it can just as often lead to truly disastrous blunders. Advertisement
Any number of factors might cause engineering to go awry. It's happened for thousands of years, and continues to happen to this day. But sometimes, the main factor is plain negligence or thinking about form over function in every area.
Here are a few examples of when engineering and structure utterly failed, and the destruction they caused.