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In November 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed due to a combination of high winds and poor construction... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Barney Elliott 
 

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Edited into Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)See more »

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I thought it was proven that it was not poor construction, but wind effects that were unknown of at the time?
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Galloping Gertie!, 2 May 2016
Author: gavin6942 from United States

In November 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed due to a combination of high winds and poor construction. In this footage, the bridge can be seen literally waving and twisting for several minutes before finally collapsing into Puget Sound.

I had seen clips of this collapse many times, but never the full segment until now, and I didn't know where it was until now. Very interesting. It's good to no they were somehow able to get everyone off the bridge in time... aside from a reporter's dog, unfortunately.

Even more interesting is how this footage can still be used today (2016) in a physics class to explain the wobbling the swaying. Can't say I ever learned it, but then again, I never got far enough in physics to see some of those elaborate equations.

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