Three warehouses around the vicinity of Tokyo Sky Tree reported damage to their roofs, apparently caused by snow and ice falling from the tower, Tobu Tower Skytree Co said Thursday.
All three warehouses are located within 200 meters of the tower. Tobu Tower Skytree says that it will pay for the damages.
Last year, the company installed a heating system to prevent the buildup of ice and snow at the upper reaches of the tower structure after it was confirmed that chunks of snow and ice had fallen from the upper portion of the structure to the street below last winter.
Local residents are concerned about the danger of falling bits of ice, some of which have landed within a 400-meter radius of Tokyo Sky Tree.
On the observation deck, the outside of the windows has been coated with a special kind of glass that is designed to prevent snow from falling to the ground. Embedded in the glass, developers say, are 3,000 tiny electric heaters that are designed to melt the snow and stop it from building up.© Japan Today