Tokyo skyscraper gets vibration control system

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Tokyo skyscraper gets vibration control system

Tokyo skyscraper gets vibration control system

A vibration control device to dramatically reduce shaking caused by long-period earthquake ground motion was installed in a 55-story building in central Tokyo

The new system was installed on the rooftop of the Shinjuku Mitsui Building in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, by Mitsui Fudosan Co. and Kashima Corp, the joint developers of the device said to mitigate shaking by about 60 percent.

The device comprises six pendulum weights of 300 tons each suspended on cables, which sway in the opposite direction from the sway of the building, thus reducing shaking.

The companies said it is the nation’s first rooftop vibration control device against earthquakes. Construction costs were about ¥5 billion, they said. The building was completed in 1974.

It is said to have swayed up to about two meters for about two minutes during the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.

The device can reduce the sway to 80 centimeters and cut the time of shaking to one-sixth what was already experienced should a seismic event comparable to the 2011 earthquake occur, according to the companies. []

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