The Elizabeth Tower, more popularly known as Big Ben, the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock, is a clock tower in London, United Kingdom. The clock is a symbol of the United Kingdom and was the most popular landmark in the United Kingdom according to surveys. The clock tower has been part of a Grade I listed building since 1970 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
1 week after people: Big Ben stops working. The reason why was because the clock had to be wound three times a week, a task that would take two clock mechanics several hours to complete, even with the aid of an electric motor. With no humans around, the clock will stop working in a matter of days, and the chimes will stop chiming.
100 years after people: the windows of the tower have blown out and more chunks of decorative stonework have chipped away. With the Thames River continually folds the surrounding banks, it slowly rotting Big Ben's foundations. The 8.6 inch (21 cm) tilt in the tower has gradually increased, causing the tower to become unstable. Finally, gravity takes over and it brings Big Ben crashing to the ground.
- Since the broadcast of Outbreak in 2009, the tilt of the tower has since increased to 9.1 inches (23 cm).
- Gordon Masterton stated that Big Ben would stop working for the first time ever, should a Life After People occur. However, the clock has actually stopped several times, including a major breakdown that occurred on 5 August 1976.
- The creators thought of filling gears behind the 4 clock faces. In reality there’s room for someone to come and light up the gas flames. And the clock room.
- In reality, Big Ben awaits restoration works between 2017 and 2021.