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Fukushima Has a Plan for Its Tainted Water

Nuclear plant will build an undersea tunnel and pump it out

(Newser) - The Fukushima nuclear plant is going to run out of room soon to store radioactive water that keeps building up. Solution: Japan will build an undersea tunnel and starting pumping the tainted water into the ocean, reports AFP . The water will be treated to remove most, though not all, of...

Feds Clear Path for New Northeast Tunnel

It will replace the existing Hudson River tunnel connecting NY and NJ

(Newser) - A planned $11 billion rail tunnel key to train travel up and down the northeastern US received a boost Friday with long sought federal environmental approval. The decision by the Department of Transportation means the project to build a new Hudson River tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey can...

'Sophisticated' Border Tunnel Stuns Officials

It has ventilation, water, electrical, you name it

(Newser) - An incomplete tunnel found stretching from Mexico to Arizona appears to be "the most sophisticated tunnel in US history," authorities said. The tunnel intended for smuggling ran from a neighborhood in San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico, to San Luis, Arizona, where it stopped short of reaching the...

5 Kinds of Drugs Found in San Diego Smuggling Tunnel

Tunnel from Tijuana had its own rail system

(Newser) - Authorities in San Diego have found another cross-border smuggling tunnel long enough to rival the only subway portion of the city's transit system—along with a lot more drugs than usual. Federal agents say they found drugs worth almost $30 million in the 2,000-foot tunnel, which connected warehouses...

Visitors Flock Here for Diana. Paris May Now Make It Official

Square above tunnel where princess' car crashed may be renamed 'Place Diana'

(Newser) - For years, locals and visitors have erected a makeshift shrine to Princess Diana in the space above the Parisian tunnel where she was in a fatal car crash in August 1997. Now the City of Lights is looking to make that spot's ties to the late princess official. The...

'Sinkhole' Turns Out to Be Secret Tunnel to Bank
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They Thought It Was a Sinkhole. Then They Saw the Orange Cord

FBI investigating after public works employees find secret tunnel leading to Florida bank

(Newser) - It started out as public works employees checking out a potential sinkhole or pothole; it ended up with the FBI trying to solve what the Sun Sentinel is now calling a "bank caper." What the workers spotted in the hole in Pembroke Pines, Fla., on Tuesday that raised...

New Gate Would Block Perilous Gorge, but Many Don't Want It

2 Cornell students died after crossing through Ezra's Tunnel, but locals say Ithaca gorge is iconic

(Newser) - Cornell University students have long wandered through a nearly 200-year-old tunnel that one nature official describes as "one of the most dangerous places in the entire Finger Lakes region," mainly to get to a popular (but illegal) swimming hole. Now, after two student drownings in seven years, the...

Elon Musk Shares First Photo of Tunnel Under LA

He wasn't joking about digging a tunnel to avoid traffic

(Newser) - When Elon Musk said late last year that the "soul-destroying" Los Angeles traffic was driving him nuts and he was going to "just start digging," a lot of people thought he was joking . Then he started digging. On Monday, the tech billionaire shared a photo on Instagram...

Coming Soon: World's First Ship Tunnel Through the Mountains

Norway is building mile-long tunnel so ships don't have to deal with stormy Stadhavet Sea

(Newser) - Even Ivar the Boneless probably would've taken a hard pass if he were told to launch his longship in the Stadhavet Sea. And since even the Vikings were scared of Norway's famously temperamental body of water, it's not surprising to hear that the country has been working...

Is Elon Musk Boring?
Is Elon Musk Boring?

Is Elon Musk Boring?

The Tesla CEO may or may not be joking about tunneling under Los Angeles

(Newser) - Say what you will about Elon Musk, he's not boring. But apparently that could change next month. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX tweeted last month about traffic in Los Angeles "driving me nuts" and said he was going to make a tunnel boring machine and "just...

One of the Most 'Disgustingly Brilliant' Escapes of All Time

WWII POWs spent months toiling away in excrement to escape from the Germans

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Texan named William Ash and a 21-year old from Quebec named Eddy Asselin climbed into a toilet and dropped into a sewage pit—and that's how the story of "one of history's most disgustingly brilliant escape schemes" begins on Narratively . Stephen Dando-Collins presents this excerpt...

Archaeologists Make Surprise Find Under Mayan Temple

They find water tunnels, maybe in hope of helping ruler reach the underworld

(Newser) - When researchers grew concerned about underground anomalies detected near the Mayan ruins of Palenque in Mexico, they began a dig to figure out whether the pyramid was in danger of collapse. This week, researchers announced that what they found was no anomaly but rather a small canal system, reports the...

Tunnel Hand-Dug by Jews to Flee Nazis Found in Lithuania

It's been the stuff of legend for more than 70 years

(Newser) - A 100-foot escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners using only their hands and spoons has been unearthed in Lithuania, a research team announced Wednesday. From 1941 to 1944, about 100,000 people (70,000 of them Jews from nearby Vilnius) were slaughtered by the Nazis, then dumped into burial pits...

Swiss Inaugurate $12B Rail Tunnel, World's Longest

It runs more than 35 miles underneath the Alps

(Newser) - Just like Hannibal in ancient times, Swiss engineers have conquered the Alps, the AP reports. European dignitaries on Wednesday inaugurated the 35.4-mile Gotthard Railway Tunnel , the world's longest railway tunnel and a major engineering achievement deep under the Alps' snow-capped peaks. It took 17 years to build at...

World's Longest, Deepest Tunnel Unveiled

The $12B tunnel is more than 35 miles long

(Newser) - The 31-mile "Chunnel" connecting England to mainland Europe was no small engineering feat, but Switzerland has stepped up the game. On June 1, it will begin testing trains in the world's longest, deepest tunnel—and the $12 billion Gotthard Base Tunnel cuts through solid rock as deep as...

Rainbow Tunnel Now Officially Named for Robin Williams

Private donations paid for new signs

(Newser) - A tunnel with rainbow arches that connects the Golden Gate Bridge to greater Marin County has officially become the Robin Williams tunnel, the AP reports. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the new Robin Williams Tunnel signs were installed Monday night. The tunnel was unofficially known as the Waldo Tunnel....

Polish Army Swoops In on Nazi 'Gold Train' Site

Explosives, radiation experts assessing site to rule out possible dangers

(Newser) - The world has been hearing about the Nazi gold train for weeks, and we may finally be getting closer to a confirmation or denial. The Polish army has converged upon the southwestern Poland site where the train could be located, with explosives, chemical, and radiation experts making sure there's...

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....

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....

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...

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