COPENHAGEN – A team of specialists began moving on Tuesday a 120-year-old Danish lighthouse to save it from coastal erosion.
The complex operation to save the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse, located in northeast Denmark, began in the morning as experts lifted the 700-ton structure onto a platform with wheels to move it 80 meters away from the shore, a process that could take 10 hours.
Located in the north of the Jutland Peninsula, between the towns of Lønstrup and Løkken, the lighthouse was first constructed in 1899 some 200 meters from the North Sea coast and was put to work the following year.
It was retired in 1968 because of advancing dunes and a museum set up next to the lighthouse had to be closed in 2002 for the same reason.
With erosion over time, the lighthouse now stands just six meters from the shore and experts predict it would be swallowed up by the sea within five to 10 years.
The unusual operation attracted crowds numbering in the thousands and was broadcast live on public TV.
The Rubjerg Knude is a popular tourist attraction and is visited by an estimated 250,000 people annually.