Penang Second Bridge



60' | Science/Technology | HD
MYS 2015
Looking Glass
Malaysia’s Second Penang Bridge is one of the longest bridges in Southeast Asia. Building this 16.9 km long marine structure has proved a challenge to the two construction giants from two different countries - Malaysia and China.
The Second Penang Bridge is the only bridge in Malaysia that is earthquake proof. But what would happen if the earth rattled profusely during its construction? The engineers could only hope that the Ring of Fire did not bring it down ...

The second bridge in Penang hosts a four-lane highway that connects the mainland of Malaysia to the southern part of the island of Penang. The bridge is a symbol of national pride - it reduces the congestion that was created on the first bridge and is a vital link for business, industry and the people of Penang. Built with Chinese funding, the bridge is a symbol of friendship between the two countries. Located just 600 kilometers from the epicenter of the Aceh earthquake in 2006, the bridge is the first in Malaysia to be built using innovative technology to withstand seismic waves, developed by the Malays. But during the construction of the bridge, another earthquake struck Sumatra. All in place - both at sea and on land they feared the worst. Was the tsunami warning given, is there enough time to evacuate 2,000 people in less than two hours?

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