People commit suicides in 10 bridges
UK teenagers commit suicide as they jumped off Erskine Bridge, Glasgow, holding hands
BRIDGES are conceived with the view of providing easy means of transportation. They form part of the vital veins of a country to hasten economic development. They are designed and constructed to provide passage across valleys, lakes, rivers, lagoons, shores, etc. but people who have lost hope in finding solutions to their problems, attached lurid meanings to them. They see them as loyal accomplices in their desire to put an end to their problems by committing suicide. Finding the opportune time, they jumped from the bridge decks down to their watery graves below. Wikipedia reports that over one million people commit suicide every year. The WHO estimates that it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide. It is the leading cause of death among teenagers and adults under 35. There are an estimated 10 to 20 million non-fatal attempted suicides every year worldwide.
Read carefully the description of the bridge at its left portion then identify the place where it is found. There are 10 questions. Answer the questions as best as you can before referring to the key. Rate yourself 1 for every correct answer. If- for instance- you got only 5 corrects, add it to 90. Your grade is 5 + 90= 95%. If you answer all the 10 questions correctly, then your grade is 10 +90 = 100%. Don’t cheat. Be honest. Consult the key only when you are through or you have given up answering. Good Luck!
(1) Where is Clifton Suspension Bridge found?
(2) Where is Golden Gate Bridge located?
(Q1) Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1830
This is Clifton Suspension Bridge. which spans the beautiful Avon Gorge. It was opened in 1864 and designed for light horse drawn traffic. Around 1000 people lost their lives jumping from it. In 1885, a 22-year-old Sarah Ann Henley survived a fall from the bridge and lived into her eighties. The number of deaths halved because of the installation of a 2-meter high barrier in December 1998. it is found in: a) USA, b) Australia, c) China, d) UK
(Q2) Most popular suicide destination in the world
This is the Golden Gate Bridge. It was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1937. People have been known to travel to this place specifically to jump off the bridge which is approximately 75 meters (245 feet) above the water. According to unofficial estimates around 1,500 people jumped into the water from the bridge’s deck. It is found in a) Louisiana, b) New York, c) California, d) Florida
(3) Where is Jacques Cartier Bridge located?
(Q3) An average of 10 suicides happened in this cantilever type of bridge annually
Jacques Cartier Bridge crosses the Saint Lawrence River. In 2004, a suicide prevention barrier was installed. Until then the bridge saw an average of 10 suicides a year. Visit a) China, b) Canada, c) South Korea, d) Philippines, where you'll find this particular bridge.
(4) What place to visit to see Prince Edward Viaduct?
(Q4) This viaduct is ranked as the 2nd most fatal structure in the world
When opened in 1918, Prince Edward Viaduct become a popular suicide spot with over 400 suicides, At its peak in 1997, the suicide rate averaged one person every 22 days. A suicide barrier called Luminous Veil. was completed in 2003 and cost $5.5 million. It's located in a) Canada, b) UK, c) USA, d) Mexico
(5) What place to go to see Nanjing Bridge
(Q5) This bridge spans over the Yangtze and symbolizes China
THIS bridge was undertaken to prove that Chinese engineers can rely on their own skills and abilities without outside help. Unfortunately the bridge also gained a fatal fame of a suicide spot as up to 1,000 people are believed to have died by jumping off it since its completion in 1968. In 2004 Chen Si patrolled the bridge and has persuaded a number of people not to kill themselves. Nanjing Bridge is in a) Thailand, b) North Korea, c) China, d) Japan
(6) Where is Netty Jetty bridge found?
(Q6) About 1,000 deaths (unofficial records)
According to unofficial statistics, around 200 people jumped from this100-year-old NETTY JETTY BRIDGE. A recent government study found that 4 people in this place commit suicide every day. This bridge is located in a) India, b) Thailand, c) Indonesia, d) Pakistan
(7) What place to go to see Nusle Bridge?
(Q7) This viaduct Nusle Bridge has attrracted 300 people to end their lives here.
Another magnet for suicides is this viaduct Nusle Bridge which opened in 1973. The number of deaths is estimated at 300 men. Recently new barriers have been constructed along the length of the bridge in order to lessen the number of incidents. Go to a) Brno, b) Plzen, c) Ostrava, d) Prague, to view this bridge.
(8) What place to visit to see Coronado Bridge?
(Q8) About 200 plus suicides have been committed in this bridge
Coronado Bridge is a 2.12-mile bridge that opened in 1969. It is the third deadliest suicide bridge in the USA. Between 1972 and 2000, more than 200 suicides were committed on the bridge. Where in the USA is Coronado Bridge located? a) San Diego, b) San Francisco, c) San Mateo, d) San Pedro
(9) Tell me where Sunshine Skyway Bridge is
(Q9) About 100 people have elected suicide in this bridge
... by jumping from the center span of Sunshine Skyway Bridge into the waters since the opening of this bridge in 1987. Six (6) crisis phones and 24-hour patrols have been instituted but the total number of jumpers has not significantly declined since the introduction of these safeguards. Visit this bridge at a) Tampa Bay, b) Money Key Channel, c) Apalachicola Bay, d) St. Johns River
(10) Do tell me where to find Aurora Bridge
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(Q10) The Aurora Bridge is 2nd deadliest bridge in the USA
It's elevated 167 feet or 51 meters above the water and has recorded 230 falls since its opening in Feb. 1932. Its first suicide occurred in Jan. 1932 before the construction was completed. In Dec. 2006, six (6) emergency phones and 18 signs were installed to encourage would-be suicide takers to seek help. If planning to gather information about the bridge, which of the following places, are you going to call: a) North Carolina, b) South Carolina, c) Washington, d) Virginia
Now that you are through, consult "key" 1) d, 2) c, 3) b, 4) a, 5) c, 6) d, 7) d, 8) a, 9) a. 10} c. For every correct answer, rate yourself 1, if you got 5 corrects, add 5 + 90= 95% is your rating; if you got all corrects, 10 + 90= 100% is your rating. Congratulations.
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