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    The Leaning Tower of Westminsta

    Big Ben found to be leaning - and rate of tilt is accelerating

    Big Ben is London's very own leaning tower - and the tilt is now so pronounced it is clearly visible to the naked eye, engineers have claimed.





    London's Big Ben has been found to significantly tilt to one side

    It is believed the tilt is being caused by the 1858 landmark slowly sinking into the land on which it is built.

    Decades of building work around the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster - including the extension of the Jubilee Line in the 90s - has weakened the foundations around the 315ft structure.

    Recent measurements show the tower is leaning towards the northwest at an angle of 0.26 degrees, meaning the top of the tower is nearly one-and-a-half feet from vertical.

    In comparison, the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans by around four degrees - and at the current rate of tilt it would take about 4,000 years to reach the same angle as the famous Italian monument.

    A report by London Underground and the Parliamentary Estates Department found that the rate of tilt significantly increased in 2003 but it is unclear what event - if any - has caused this accelerated movement.
    John Burland, emeritus professor and senior research investigator from Imperial College London who has worked on the Big Ben tower, said: 'The tilt is now just about visible.

    'You can see it if you stand on Parliament Square and look east, towards the river.

    'If it started greater acceleration, we would have to look at doing something but I don't think we need to do anything for a few years yet.'



    Read more: Big Ben found to be leaning - and rate of tilt is accelerating | Metro.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    the extension of the Jubilee Line in the 90s - has weakened the foundations around the 315ft structure.
    Sue British Rail then

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