Skytree's lightning observation device shown for 1st time
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Oct 18
The media got its first look Wednesday at a lightning observation device that sits 497 meters up the 634-meter Tokyo Skytree in Sumida Ward, Tokyo.
The device is installed about 50 meters higher than the tower's second observation deck, the Tembo Galleria, which is 450 meters above the ground, making it the world's highest lightning observing spot on a man-made structure.
Since being switched on in March, eight lightning strikes on the building have been successfully recorded. Researchers will study the impact of lightning strikes on communication devices and other issues.
Since its opening, Skytree has been struck by lightning more than 10 times, including hits at its highest point.
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