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Gigantic Belt Brings Mud to Raise Ground of Tsunami-hit City

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posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 11:53 AM
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Gigantic Belt Brings Mud to Raise Ground of Tsunami-hit City
ajw.asahi.com...


n industrial-scale conveyor belt stretching three kilometers is transporting thousands of tons of clay from a mountainside to the lowland of this tsunami-stricken city.
The massive amount of clay will be used to raise the ground level in commercial and residential areas to help withstand a future tsunami.
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Each day the conveyor belt shifts the equivalent of 20,000 cubic meters of clay, enough to fill 4,000 10-ton trucks.
A total amount of clay equal to four times the volume of Tokyo Dome is set to be moved by May 2015.


Thought this was interesting. The city of Rikuzentakata is using these large conveyor belts to help raise the ground level before rebuilding the city. That is an impressive amount of dirt to be moving in that amount of time. In the tsunami they lost one in ten people in city.

I found a before and after pic for Rikuzentakata:
Before-After
www.dodbuzz.com...

Portions of the city subsided more than a meter during the quake.


Kind of hard to get a scale for the operation because from the pick up to deposit is 3km, but I've linked a few pictures.

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posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 07:24 PM
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3km is nothing. the largest conveyor belt is 98km.

www.amusingplanet.com...

Single largest conveyor belt flight in the world at Curragh North in Australia (20-km long, 40 km total).

Some even generate there own power from the weight of materiel going down hill and sell surplus power.

www.businesswire.com...



posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 07:33 PM
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I suppose from an engineering standpoint grading down a mountain and raising your city by 11 meters is pretty much the same as any mining operation building a slag pile. I thought it was an interesting approach to raising safety margins for tsunamis



That RopeCon conveyor to generate electricity is brilliant! Add that to the list of simple things I wish I had thought of and patented...
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