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Not Good in an Undersea Tunnel: Gas Truck Explosion

Collapse feared in Norway as seawater seeps in after tanker hits wall

(Newser) - Sea water leaked dangerously into an undersea tunnel in western Norway today after a fuel truck crashed into the tunnel's side, triggering a series of explosions. The leaks prompted fears the tunnel could collapse, police said. The accident and subsequent explosions took place around 11am in the nearly 1.... More »

Thieves Lift $5.4M in Jewels From Woman Stuck in Traffic

Paris raid took place in car tunnel known for 'smash-and-grabs'

(Newser) - The Landy Tunnel that runs between Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport is known for its traffic and, possibly as a result of that, frequent "smash-and-grab" crimes, where thieves bust car windows and snatch whatever they can from inside the car. A Taiwanese art collector stuck in the 0.... More »

Meet the Guy Who Dug Toronto's Mystery Tunnel

Elton McDonald just wanted a place to get away from it all

(Newser) - The appearance of a mysterious tunnel in Toronto at first led to fears of some kind of terrorist plot. Later, police announced that it had been built for " personal reasons ," and afterward, a young man named Elton McDonald told the Toronto Sun he'd been behind the whole... More »

Mystery of Toronto Tunnel Solved

But police aren't shedding much light on the situation

(Newser) - When a 33-foot-long tunnel appeared near York University in Toronto, police were initially stumped. Not anymore, though the rest of us are still mostly in the dark. After cops did a little digging (pardon the pun), they learned the story behind the tunnel—which they say is a harmless one,... More »

Toronto Cops Investigate Mystery Tunnel

It's found near York University

(Newser) - Toronto police have a strange mystery on their hands: Someone dug an impressive tunnel near York University, but they have no idea who or why, reports the BBC . In fact, a police tweet sums things up: "If you built a tunnel near Rexall Centre in Toronto give us a... More »

What Blocked Seattle Tunnel: A Lowly Pipe

8-inch pipe halted giant tunneling machine

(Newser) - The mystery underground object that had been blocking the giant Big Bertha tunnel boring machine under Seattle turns out to have been something pretty boring: An 8-inch diameter steel pipe. Seattleites had been fascinated by the mystery, speculating that an old steamship, locomotive, or other relic from the city's... More »

Romans Map 'Secret' Tunnels to Fend Off Collapse

Underground maze swallows more streets, buildings every year

(Newser) - Welcome to Rome, where every year more streets and parts of buildings are collapsing into ancient passages that lurk half-forgotten underground. The city's proposed fix: map the labyrinth, detect the weakest spots with 3D scanning, and seal off the worst offenders, LiveScience reports. Successful or not, it may improve... More »

For 1st Time, Sea Tunnel Links 2 Continents

Istanbul link was planned 150 years ago

(Newser) - An idea conceived by an Ottoman sultan 150 years ago is finally coming to life: Turkey this week opened the first sea tunnel connecting two continents. The 8.5-mile-long tunnel connects the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, with 4,593 feet of it running under the Bosporus, the strait... More »

Intricate US-Mexico Drug Tunnel Found

It had lighting, own rail system

(Newser) - Imagine the frustration: You've just finished your "highly sophisticated" drug smuggling tunnel when the feds find it and shut it down before you can even use it. The latest US-Mexico tunnel to be uncovered ran between San Diego and Tijuana, and it had lighting and even a rail... More »

Cheese Fire Closes Norway Tunnel—for Days

Truck was carrying caramelized goat cheese

(Newser) - Motorists trying to use a road tunnel in Norway's far north have had their way blocked by 27 metric tons of burning goat cheese for nearly a week, the BBC reports. A truck driver abandoned his load of brunost, a highly caramelized brown cheese, after noticing it was on... More »

Japan Tunnel Collapse Death Toll Hits 9

Government orders emergency inspections

(Newser) - Authorities in Japan have confirmed nine deaths so far in yesterday's terrifying collapse of a major road tunnel . The bodies were found in three vehicles that had been crushed by falling concrete panels in the 2.7-mile Sasago tunnel, the BBC reports. The search for bodies has been suspended... More »

7 Missing in Japan Tunnel Collapse

An unknown number die in massive underground collapse

(Newser) - A 330-foot section of a major road tunnel in central Japan collapsed this morning, leaving seven people missing and an unknown number dead as billowing smoke from burning vehicles and fear of a further collapse thwarted rescuers. "A number of charred bodies were confirmed inside," a police spokesman... More »

'Extraordinary' US-Mexico Drug Tunnel Found

Arizona tunnel was built by professional engineers, DEA says

(Newser) - One of the biggest and best-engineered cross-border drug tunnels yet has been found by drug enforcement agents in the US. The 755-foot tunnel linked a warehouse in southwestern Arizona with a derelict ice-making plant behind a strip club in Mexico, reports the Los Angeles Times . It could only be accessed... More »

Swiss Tunnel Bus Crash Kills 22 Kids, 6 Adults

Belgium in mourning after ski holiday bus crash

(Newser) - A bus carrying students returning from a ski holiday crashed into a wall in a Swiss tunnel last night, killing 22 Belgian 12-year-olds and six adults. Another 24 students were hospitalized with injuries after the crash near the Alpine city of Sierre. The cause of the crash has not been... More »

Thieves Dig 100 Feet to Steal ATM

But cash machine contained 'limited funds' at time of theft

(Newser) - Who says the work ethic is dead? Enterprising thieves in Manchester, England, dug a 100-foot-long, 4-foot-tall tunnel under a parking lot, then burrowed through 15 inches of concrete, all in order to steal an ATM machine. The scheme likely took up to six months and in the end it netted... More »

Planned Undersea Tunnel Divides Germans, Danish

$7.2B, 12.5-mile endeavor would be Europe's largest infrastructure project

(Newser) - Denmark is preparing for the largest infrastructure project in Europe: a 12.5-mile tunnel to Germany under the Baltic Sea. But the $7.2 billion project, which would be among the world's longest immersed tunnels, has sparked tensions with Germans who are dubious about its usefulness, Der Spiegel reports.... More »

Feds Find Another Huge Drug Tunnel

It connected warehouses in Mexico and California

(Newser) - Another massive tunnel used for drug smuggling that stretches across the US-Mexican border is out of operation. The subterranean passageway connected a warehouse in Tijuana to a warehouse in San Diego and is the latest and most significant among a string of hidden drug-smuggling corridors located by authorities, reports AP... More »

San Diego Tunnel Yields 17 Tons of Pot

Cross-border tunnel linked US site to Tijuana warehouse

(Newser) - Who needs drug mules when you have drug moles? Federal agents seized a total of 17 tons of marijuana after discovering a tunnel linking warehouses in Tijuana and San Diego, the Los Angeles Times reports. The tunnel, believed to be the work of the Sinaloa cartel was the length of... More »

Russia OKs Underwater Tunnel to Alaska

But it would transport freight, not people, under Bering Strait

(Newser) - How do you get from the US to Asia without a boat or a plane? If Russia has its way, you may soon be able to take the train. Moscow has approved an underwater tunnel through the Bering Strait, linking Alaska and Russia via underground train, AOL Autos reports. The... More »

Amtrak to Build NY-NJ Train Tunnels for $13.5B

'Gateway Tunnel' project has planned 2020 finish

(Newser) - Amtrak plans to dig two new tunnels for commuter trains between New York and New Jersey, Reuters reports. The project, called the Gateway Tunnel and projected to cost $13.5 billion, has a loose finish date of 2020. "The two new trans-Hudson tunnels will provide long-sought, peak-period operational capacity... More »

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