Tokyo Tower Bent by Japan Quake; Gundam Statue Broken? Photos/Vid
Tokyo Tower Bent in Japan Earthquake
The iconic 1,091-foot Tokyo Tower fared very well during the devastating earthquake that hit Japan on March 11. Only the very tip of the tower was bent.
Here you can see some video footage of some of Japan's skyscrapers during the 8.9 earthquake. Japan's strict building codes (and construction firms following those codes) are no doubt responsible for saving a lot of lives and preventing plenty of damage.
Not one building in Tokyo collapsed during the quake.
University of Nebraska professor Carlos Assarta shot some footage from the observation deck of Tokyo Tower, where he was stuck during the quake. You can see people's reactions change as they realize that they are experiencing an earthquake, and not just a gust of wind.
Gundam Statue Destroyed in Japan Earthquake?
The giant Gundam statue apparently did not fare so well. The giant robot seems to havetoppled in the quake, broken off at the knees, as you can see below. [Update: Is the Gundam statue really broken? It lives in Shizuoka, which was within the shake zone. Crunchgear removed their own story about the fallen Gundam statue. Turns out that the Gundam statue is still standing, and the photo below is hoax! It's a repost of the dismantling of the original Gundam statue in 2009.]