Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

This is the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge in Japan – the largest suspension bridge in the world. Suspension bridges are measured by the length of their main span (i.e. the longest distance between suspension towers), and the Akashi-Kaikyo has an absolutely massive central span of 1991 metres – the longest bridge span in the world in fact. Actually, it used to be 1990 metres but was stretched a full metre in the Kobe earthquake of January 17, 1995. The bridge has a total length of nearly 4 kilometres, was completed in 1998 and cost around 5 billion US dollars to…

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