19:12 / 01.04.2020.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Zagreb Cathedral’s north tower will have to be removed by crane

Zagreb Cathedral (Photo: Luka Stanzl/PIXSELL)

Zagreb Cathedral (Photo: Luka Stanzl/PIXSELL)

Foto: - / Pixsell

Zagreb continues to assess the damage caused by the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked the city and its surroundings on March 22nd. So far engineers have determined that more than 28 000 buildings were damaged in the earthquake.

One of the most vulnerable buildings in terms of its structural integrity is the Zagreb Cathedral, which is awaiting emergency works. The south tower of the cathedral fell during the earthquake, smashing into the lower structures surrounding the storied church. However, closer inspection of the north tower on Wednesday has revealed that it has cracked and slightly rotated some 15 centimeters. The structure has been deemed a hazard to the cathedral and nearby buildings as well as pedestrians. For this reason the structurally unsound section of the tower will be removed by crane.
 
Two massive cranes are expected to arrive on scene this evening, in a bid to lower the damaged segment to the ground in one piece. The damaged portion of the tower is estimated to weigh some 36 tons.
 
“When we realized the state it was in, after inspecting drone footage, the structural engineers made their assessment and we informed the Culture Ministry. We have to remove the tower due the great danger it poses to pedestrians walking by and the cathedral itself,” concluded Ivan Hren, the president of the committee for the cathedral’s reconstruction.
 
Source: HRT

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