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San Francisco’s sinking tower seen from space

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 11: A view of the Millennium Tower on August 11, 2016 in San Francisco, California. A $500 million lawsuit has been filed against building owner the owner of the Millennium Tower, Millennium Partners, and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority after it was revealed that the building had sunk 16 inches into the ground and is leaning two inches to the northwest. The 58-story, 419-residence building was completed in 2009. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — The European Space Agency has released satellite data that shows the 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco’s is continuing to sink at a steady rate — and perhaps faster than previously known.

Scientist Petar Marinkovic who analyzed the data for the ESA said Monday it shows the Millennium Tower sunk 40 to 45 millimeters — or 1.6 to 1.8 inches — over a recent one-year period.

It sunk almost double that amount — 70 to 75 mm (2.6 to 2.9 inches) — over its 17-month observation period ending in September, he says.

The luxury high-rise has sunk about 16 inches and is also tilting. Engineers have estimated the building is still sinking at a rate of about 1-inch per year.