Thursday, August 16, 2007

The World Financial Center

The troofers are making a big deal about a small fire at Shanghai's World Financial Center:

Shanghai's World Financial Center, the tallest building in China upon completion, defied all known physics yesterday afternoon when it caught fire but did not collapse, a modern day miracle in light of the commonly accepted premise that since 9/11, all steel buildings that suffer limited fire damage implode within two hours.

Of course in making their 9/11 comparisons they are leaving out the most basic facts:

The fire, which hit the Shanghai World Financial Center in the late afternoon, was quickly put out and there were no casualties, a fire department supervisor surnamed Zheng told Agence France-Presse.

The building, which is still under construction, was not occupied, therefore there wasn't much to burn, no furniture, office supplies etc. It was put out in under an hour, and the building suffered very little damage, as compared to say, a 757 crashing into it at 500 MPH.

A photo I took of the World Financial Center in Shanghai when I visited in March. The WFC is the one on the right with the construction crane.