Tokyo Skytree is taking a new measure to prevent snow and ice falling from the 634-meter-high tower this winter. Since construction began nine years ago through last year, 13 cases involving damage to cars and homes in the vicinity from falling ice or snow have been reported.
The company that operates Tokyo Skytree said it is using new equipment this year to clear away ice and snow, Fuji TV reported. The new machine emits a mixture of antifreeze and warm water through air pressure. Unlike already existing electronic equipment, the machine can be used even if it is far away from the power source.
The water temperature was also raised from 40 to 60 degrees. The machine can cover a wider range and clear snow more efficiently, the operator said.
The temperature around some parts of the tower is a few degrees lower than ground temperature, so snow and ice can accumulate even if it is not snowing at ground level.
Therefore, Tokyo Skytree is newly acquiring snow forecasts from the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience starting this winter.© Japan Today