How are really tall buildings able to withstand high winds?


I live in Chicago and get super anxious when it’s Windy out ( I know that its called windy for another reason but it was also WINDY recently). How is it that these tall buildings don’t fall over, how safe should I feel? The swaying also bugs me out when I’m inside them.

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Skyscrapers are huge investments, and the ones who build, design and own them are held responsible for their safety. So extensive amounts of time and money have gone into engineering these buildings to last hundreds of years.

The only unplanned collapse of a skyscaper were the World Trade centers on 9/11. Otherwise, there has been no collapse of a skyscraper. So you should feel just as safe inside them as you are inside your own home.

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