China is constantly under renewal. And watching this video of a 118-meter-high building being demolished in under 20 seconds gives you an idea of how they do it. The 27 storey building was built in 1999 but has stood empty since. Authorities recently made the decision to tear it down because of its lack of use and to make way for a new development. More than 1.4 tonnes of explosives were placed in approximately 12,000 locations inside the building. The complete destruction of the building took less than 20 seconds.
It is the largest building ever destroyed in China. Located in Xi’an, in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province, the new development site will include government offices and commercial facilities. The building was completely obliterated to dust with no large building pieces left. Directional blasting of buildings allows supreme accuracy, minimizing fly off or damage to nearby buildings.
It isn’t unusual in China for buildings to be left empty after construction. Plans to urbanize regional areas led to the construction of massive cities that can accommodate over 500, 000 people. But lack of jobs or hesitation to move from rural areas caused these cities to stay empty for years, while the government plays catch up installing the services that might make the move more appealing. China plans to move 250 million people from rural areas into cities as part of a massive urbanization plan.
Via Expro Lipro