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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 »

Great Escape Tunnel Set for Excavation

'George,' a lesser-known tunnel, was dug after initial escape

(Newser) - It's called "George," the lesser-known tunnel of the Great Escape, and historians hope to uncover World War II equipment or personal effects when engineers excavate it. Prisoners of war dug “Tom,” “Dick,” and “Harry” for the famous 1944 escape attempt from the Nazi... More »

Thieves Tunnel Into Bank, Spend Weekend Robbing It

Hundred-foot tunnel was ventilated, lit

(Newser) - Even a local prosecutor was impressed by this crime: Thieves spent months digging a 100-foot-long tunnel into an Argentine bank, and made off with the contents of as many as 140 safety deposit boxes for their trouble. As if that’s not amazing enough, the tunnel—which originated from a... More »

Police Bust 'Sophisticated' Drug Tunnel in San Diego

It's the second such discovery in the region this month

(Newser) - Just weeks after uncovering a drug smuggling tunnel some six football fields long , officials in San Diego have busted a second such passageway. The half-mile tunnel runs from a home in Tijuana to a San Diego warehouse—which happens to be located near the building that housed the entrance to... More »

Teen Dancers Cause Lincoln Tunnel Terror Scare

Late for gig, troupe decides to run out of tunnel

(Newser) - Several teenage dancers caused a serious security scare in the Lincoln Tunnel yesterday—when they got out of their cars and ran for the exit. The troupe, Club Envy, was scheduled to dance for BET's 106 & Park, but, at the end of a long drive from Florida, was stuck... More »

Drug Bust Uncovers 1,800-Foot Tunnel

25-ton seizure is one of the largest in San Diego history

(Newser) - US officials seized more than 25 tons of marijuana from drug warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana after finding a 1,800-foot tunnel linking the two. The lighted, ventilated tunnel—which is about six football fields long—was discovered after officials found 10 tons of marijuana in a suspicious tractor-trailer,... More »

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