Big Ben Leaning Northwest, Britain Houses of Parliament Clock Tower Tilt Now Visible (Photo)

By on Oct 11, 2011 in Amazing, Europe, Lifestyle, Travel, Weird, World Comments
Big Ben leaning
Big Ben leaning
Photo: Sang Tan

Big Ben, clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, is now leaning northwest due to its uneven sinking into the ground, according to reports by several international news sites on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Reports say that the British landmark tilt can now be seen with the naked eye when you look on the east side of the tower while standing on Parliament Square. Cracks can also be seen on the walls and ceilings in some areas in the House of Commons and the Minister’s Wing.

Big Ben, completed in 1858, is 96 meters high and has accelerated tilting by 0.9 mm a year since 2003. Previously, the clock tower is reportedly averaging just about 0.65 mm a year. Experts still say that the current Big Ben tilt is still safe. Reports added that years of underground developments that include the construction of an underground car park and London Underground Jubilee Line extension may have led to the clock tower’s accelerated tilt.

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