NEWS QUESTION OF THE WEEK
The new Tokyo Sky Tree in Japan, set to open to the public on May 22, is now the world's largest freestanding tower, at 634 meters (2,080 feet) tall. It took four years to construct the structure, which was designed to withstand a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, even if it struck directly beneath it.
The tower was built to strengthen radio and television signals in Japan. On the first few floors of Sky Tree is Tokyo Solamachi, a new shopping mall with 321 stores and restaurants. Visitors can also visit observation decks to view the city of Tokyo. Engineers built special high-speed elevators, which take about a minute and 30 seconds to reach the highest deck at 450 meters (1,480 feet) above ground.
QUESTION: About how many meters does the elevator travel in one second?