Dangerous Mission: Excavators hauled to dismantle highrise from top down

Updated: 09 Dec 2011
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Why don't they use dynamite? Labourers use excavators on top of a residential building being demolished in Yuhuan County of Taizhou City, Zhejiang province
This 18-story residential tower in Taizhou, Zheijiang Province, eastern China is being dismantled by excavators hauled to the top by cranes.
The building was completed in January and was hailed as a luxury development with a 'perfect' ocean view. But months later it was found to be leaning.

One apartment owner, who gave his surname as Zhan, moved out just 17 hours after moving in.
'I bought the unit on the 16th floor because of the beautiful ocean view. It's such a pity I can't live in it,' Mr Zhan told China Daily.

'I heard loud banging sounds like an explosion. It was really scary. And then we were told that a pillar in the foundation had cracked.'
Unsafe: The highrise was supposed to be a luxury development with an ocean view, but it was built on reclaimed land and soon found to be leaning
Experts have suggested the ground beneath the highrise sank because the reclaimed land it was built on is unable to support such large buildings.

Hu Zhizhong, an architectural researcher at Taizhou University, said reclaimed land commonly 'settles unevenly', but the sinking in this building was so severe that it could be that the land is simply unsuitable. 
Apartments in the building, which is in a luxury community, were selling for more than £500 a square metre in 2009 - before construction was even finished. The homes were handed over to buyers in January and the building was found to be sinking shortly after.

In September, after the sinking seemed to speed up, the developer starting to reinforce the building. But in early November, one of the construction's main supporting pillars broke and the building and some nearby had to be evacuated.

China has had seen scandals surrounding poorly designed and constructed buildings in the past.

In 2008 an earthquake shook Sichuan, in the west of the country, flattening hundreds of buildings, especially schools, which were said to be poorly designed and built.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
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Penny_XM Commented on 10 Dec 2011
In this case reclaimed land is not suitable for foundation, Dadeng will be raclaimed as an Airport. will be dangerous too?