San Francisco Millennium Tower Is Sinking, Satellite Data Confirms

Posted: Nov 25 2016, 10:39pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 25 2016, 10:42pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 
San Francisco Millennium Tower is Sinking, Satellite Data Confirms
Credit: ESA / PPO.labs / Norut

The 48-story building has recently shown signs of sinking and tilting

Satellite data from European Space Agency confirms that San Francisco’s 58-story luxury tower is sinking and sinking fast. Though the exact cause has not been revealed.

Millennium Tower, one of the San Francisco’s newest and tallest residential buildings, is submerging a few centimeters a year, with projections that the amount could increase over time. The tower was completed in 2009 and has recently shown signs of sinking and tilting.

To confirm, researchers combined multiple radar scans taken from Sentinel-1 satellites and detected subtle surface changes in and around San Francisco area. Satellite data confirmed sinking of the skyscraper and also pinpointed displacement hotspots over large area.

Millennium Tower has attracted Bay Area elites incluing players and other famous personalities and they have paid millions of dollars to live in the building.

The construction of the building has become a legal battle between developers and the buyers ever since the flaws of the building are brought to light. California law directs owners or developers to notify buyers of building defects and they can face prosecution under civil law for withholding the information.

Though at the moment, no one clearly knows what to do but latest information will possibly assist relevant authorities to make better policies for dealing with the situation.

“Experience and knowledge gained within the ESA's Scientific Exploitation of Operational Missions programme give us strong confidence that Sentinel-1 will be a highly versatile and reliable platform for operational deformation monitoring in Norway, and worldwide.” John Dehls from the Geological Survey of Norway said.

The technique will help improve the monitoring of ground movements in other parts of the world too, particularly in residential hotspots.

“The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission is, for the first time, making it possible to launch operational national deformation mapping services,” said Dag Anders Moldestad from the Norwegian Space Centre.

“In Norway, we have already initiated a framework project to provide national basic deformation products to the public, with a free and open data policy. Many other countries in Europe are also working towards setting up similar services.”

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