BE AFRAID, be very afraid. All engineers approached by NCE this week unanimously agreed that Godzilla, the giant mutant lizard, really could trash buildings in downtown Manhattan.
But experts believe the 130m long, gene-twisted monster would have to try much harder than it does in the Columbia-TriStar Pictures film released last Friday.
Former reptile owner Simon Lindop - a structural engineer for Alan Baxter Associates - said that, based on his own experiences, Godzilla would have no problem knocking down the MetLife building.
'I used to have a chameleon, and that was quite strong - it could easily snap twigs,' he said.
However, Buro Happold Millennium Dome project manager Tanya Ross claimed that, rather than just strolling around as it does in the film, the legendary lizard would have to 'go for it in a big way' to really do some damage.
At 60m tall, Godzilla would be too big to stand up inside the UK's most expensive marquee. But Ross claimed that, had it swum to Greenwich, it wouldn't stand a chance against the Dome. 'There's a heck of a lot of stress in the cable net - I reckon he'd just bounce off,' she said.
Tony Gee & Partners associate Neil Farmer claimed the creature would have a fair chance of knocking the buildings down with a 'good impact on the core areas.' But 'it does rather depend on the quality of supervision during construction.'