Every year, lightning strikes the Empire State Building around 100 times. This is due to a lightning rod at the very top of its towering spire, which is covered in broadcast antennae. Lightning may cause a structure to catch fire, electrocute anyone inside, and destroy electrical and computer systems. However, the building's construction is designed to limit damage from straight-line wind loads; it is virtually immune to windstorms.
However, the building is not intended to be subjected to lateral (or side-) winds. So if the spire is blown off, or the roof is otherwise damaged, the building would be seriously compromised if not destroyed completely.
The best way to avoid injury or death due to wind/lightning is to stay indoors during a storm. If you must be outdoors, seek shelter in a building with metal frames and no wood flooring. These structures will conduct the current away from your body through their metal frame instead of into your body through your feet.
If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm, avoid standing under large trees or other high-voltage objects. Also, do not lie on the ground; this creates a pathway for current to flow through your body. Instead, crouch down low and make sure any exposed skin is protected by clothing.
People who are struck by lightning are typically killed by shock first, then burned by the electricity that flows through their bodies.
According to the Empire State Building's official website, the building is a lightning rod for the surrounding region and gets struck by lightning an average of 23 times each year. The website also states that if you look out over the city from the 86th floor observatory, you can see evidence of past strikes.
However, evidence of recent lightning activity is visible from the street outside the building. Also, according to The New York Times, "there have been no reported deaths due to lightning in New York City since 1925."
The Empire State Building was constructed between 1931 and 1937. It was at the time the world's tallest building without any safety features such as lightning rods or warning systems.
In fact, when the building was first being designed, engineers warned against including conductors on the roof because they thought it would be too expensive. However, after several people died in a series of deadly lightning storms in New York City, federal regulations were put into place requiring new buildings over 100 feet high to have conductive surfaces on their roofs.
So, what's on the inside of the Empire State Building? A system of broadcast antennas used by radio and television networks cover the top of the Empire State Building. A lightning rod is attached to the top of these antennas to avoid damage to other sections of the structure if lightning strikes. The antennas function as a giant umbrella that allows TV and radio stations to broadcast from high above New York City.
The Empire State Building is one of the most famous buildings in New York City. It was built in 1931-1932 at a cost of $10 million (about $100 million in today's dollars). The building is 828 feet tall with 57 floors. It is the tallest building in New York outside of Manhattan and it was the world's tallest building for nearly 70 years until the Chrysler Building was completed in 1930.
The first eight floors of the Empire State Building are parking garages that hold 2,400 cars. There are also four more underground levels containing retail space. The rest of the building is office space. Work on the 86th floor observatory began in 2004 but was halted due to financial problems related to the ongoing economic crisis. The project is expected to be completed in 2014.
In addition to being a landmark building, the Empire State Building is also a tourist attraction. Over 5 million people visit the building each year.
To the top of the lightning rod, the Empire State Building is 443.2 meters tall. As a result, a human will not come close to reaching terminal velocity, which takes around 148.8 seconds. However, they will reach near-terminal velocities of around 70 miles per hour and more.
The building's height makes it a formidable object in an urban environment. Although people can be killed by falling objects, the chance of death for someone below the level of the lightning rod is very small. A human being can survive falling over or through buildings without injury almost every time.
However, if a large object such as a truck hits the person, they could be injured or even killed.
The building's owner, Donald Trump, originally claimed that if you fell off the building, you'd stay falling forever because there are no brakes on the elevator. This isn't true; with enough speed, you would hit the ground anyway.
In fact, if you fell from the building's highest floor, you would arrive at its lowest floor roughly eight minutes after jumping.
Here's how it works: The fastest way to get from one side of the building to the other is by taking the elevators.
No, buildings and skyscrapers are built to withstand many lightning strikes. The electricity is harmlessly transferred through the building to the ground. Most skyscrapers and towers include a lightning conductor 'crown' structure at the top of the spires and antennas designed to withstand direct lightning strikes. However, the building itself should not be used as a point of contact with the ground for safety reasons.
The best way to avoid being injured by lightning is to stay off of tall structures and clear of clouds whenever possible. If you are on top of a tall building, you should seek shelter inside a room with a window that opens out onto land or another high-rise building. Do not go outside until officials say it's safe to do so. Tall structures such as towers and buildings increase your risk of being injured by lightning because you are in closer proximity to the cloud that produces it. Additionally, if you are on top of a tall structure and a storm moves into close proximity, you could be exposed to its electrical components-such as wind-blown debris-which may strike even though the main body of the storm appears to be over water or open space.
Lightning can strike anywhere at any time, so keep an eye out for signs of danger: if you see lightning in the distance, take cover immediately!