Notre Dame & # 39; can completely collapse & # 39; if the wind in Paris after a devastating fire reaches 55 miles / hour, engineers warn
- The collapse of the vaults of the Paris Cathedral has seriously damaged the structure
- Mechanical engineer Paolo Vannucci says the 55mph wind ramparts can collapse
- Spire, destroyed in fire, also helped the stability of the walls and needs to be rebuilt
Notre Dame is structurally unsafe and could collapse if the winds in Paris reach 55 mph, a new report has claimed.
The world mourned after the iconic cathedral caught fire on April 15.
More than 400 firefighters fought against the flames, which quickly spread along the roof construction, causing burning wood to collapse on the ceiling of the underlying vault.
But the initial estimate of the damage by engineers reveals that the vault damage has weakened the walls, which could collapse if the weather conditions are bad enough.
Notre Dame (pictured on May 23 after the fire that destroyed the spire and large parts of the roof) is structurally unsafe and can collapse if the winds in Paris reach 55 mph, a new report from engineers has claimed
Paolo Vannucci, a mechanical engineer at the University of Versailles, claims that the entire building can collapse if the wind reaches 55 mph.
Before the fire, the stone structure was strong enough to handle wind gusts of 136 km / h, it reports Arts Newspaper.
But the instability of the vaults has aroused great concern among experts that President Emmanuel Macron's five-year goal of restoring Notre Dame could take too long.
The spire, which was completely destroyed in the flames, also provided extra strength in the rest of the building, where it is now without, added Mr. Vannucci.
He stressed that strengthening and restoring the cathedral's structural system should be the priority in the reconstruction process, which is funded by billions of dollars from businessman and philanthropists.
A graph shows how the fire conquered the world famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris
On 10 May, the French Parliament, the National Assembly, adopted special legislation on the reconstruction of Notre Dame. It must be adopted by the Senate on 27 May.
Architect and former senior official at UNESCO Francesco Bandarin claims that the bill does not deal with all technical issues, but will create a public body that oversees the process.
The outburst that shocked the world broke out just before 7 p.m. local time in a roof of the Paris monument that underwent about £ 6 million in renovations.
The flames sent the iconic spire of the cathedral to the ground and damaged large parts of the roof.
When darkness fell on Paris on the night of the fire, the cathedral was lit by the flames that were still burning in the roof while firefighters fought against the inferno
Around 3:00 a.m. local time, the Paris fire brigade, Jean-Claude Gallet, said: & # 39; We can imagine that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved, as well as the two towers. & # 39;
One fireman was seriously injured by tackling the fire, but no fatalities were reported. The building – and the entire Ile de la Cite island that it occupies in the center of the French capital – was successfully evacuated because the severity of the fire became apparent.
Like the historic narrowing, the cathedral was home to dozens of priceless objects, including the famous crown of thorns worn by Jesus during his crucifixion.
A human chain of relief workers carried it and many other things in safety.
A shard of the spire of the cathedral plunges through the sky while it collapsed earlier after the fire burned to its foundations on April 15
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