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Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940)

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 ... See full summary »
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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. Written by Ivanhoe <ivanhoe@gte.net>

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31 December 1940 (USA) See more »

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Обрушение Такомского моста See more »

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Tacoma, Washington, USA See more »

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Silent

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Galloping Gertie!
2 May 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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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