Academic journal article Iranian Journal of Public Health

Increasing Skyscrapers: Possibility of New Disaster

Academic journal article Iranian Journal of Public Health

Increasing Skyscrapers: Possibility of New Disaster

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Dear Editor-in-Chief

Human desires toward the heavens had been continued after Tower of Babel. Many high-rise buildings were constructed with technological progress in the 20th century. The tallest skyscraper of the world is Burj Khalifa (Dubai, UAE) with a height of 828 meters. Kingdom tower (Jeddah, KSA) would be tallest building with 1,000 meters about 2019 (1).

Skyscrapers have lots of problems in terms of disaster and safety despite its effectiveness. First, high-storied building is vulnerable to fire. Flame can quickly spread along elevator and steps. High jet stream on external walls of building makes it difficult for rescue by helicopter. An evacuation by extension ladder and emergency stair has limitation in high floors. Fires in high-rise building were common themes for disaster movies.

Second, structural weakness exists toward earth- quake. The load of building itself and residents is considerable. The tall vertical structure could swing by shock despite an earthquake-resistant design is applied to skyscraper.

Third, possibility of aircraft clash is on the in- crease. Small aircraft and helicopter is popular as a transport method to avoid traffic jam. Skymap and warming light prevent an in-flight collision, but it is not perfect. …

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