Chinese Glass Bridge: Glass panel cracks 600 feet in the air
A few days ago, I wrote an article about this glass bridge in its glory form: World’s Longest Glass Bridge | Haim Dotan, and today I find myself writing an article on how it has now cracked. Take a moment and just think about what it feels like walking on a glass surface 600 feet in the air, and then imagine how scary it is when the glass panel cracks under your foot…. Days after China opened its glass bottomed walk-way in Yuntai Mountains in the Henan Province a glass panel cracked leaving some tourists terrified.
According to the Washington-Post about the Chinese Glass Bridge: each panel is 27 mm thick or roughly 1 inch thick and should support 1,700 pounds per square meter. The panel was said to break after a stainless steel cup was dropped on cracking the top panel of the three. News.com.au quoted Lee Dong Hai, who posted his experience on the Chinese social media site Weibo, saying: “my foot shook a little. I looked down and I saw that there was a crack in the floor”, then writing: “A lot of people started to scream. I screamed out, It cracked! It really cracked! and then I pushed the people in front of me so that we could run out of the way.”
Yuntai Mountain safety officials are urging that this did not effect the structural integraty of the bridge and is still “100% safe and secure.” However they decided to temporarily close the bridge to ensure the safety of the bridge. Currently the bridge is closed down for repair and will reopen once the repairs are done.
By Joshua Mohn