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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shanghai Sinking, Limits Skyscrapers

BEIJING -- China's largest city, Shanghai, is sinking by 1.5 centimeters every year, prompting the city's government to mull limits on new skyscrapers, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.

The city's 3,000 buildings with 18 stories or more have aggravated a serious land subsidence problem caused by the over-pumping of underground water, Xinhua said, citing a study by the Shanghai Geological Research Institute. Under the buildings' weight, some parts of the city sank by up to 3 centimeters last year, it said.

Skyscrapers have also created wind problems and are worsening crowding in the city of 15 million people, Xinhua said. Many modern cities have suffered from high winds caused by the tunneling effect of large numbers of tall buildings.

Shanghai city planners plan to draft new rules mandating more parks and other public spaces and discouraging the building of skyscrapers, Xinhua quoted city government spokeswoman Jiang Lan as saying.