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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:46 AM

Japan tunnel collapse: bodies found as rescue effort continues

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/02/japan-tunnel-collapse-motorists-trapped
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Police in Japan have found the charred bodies of several people who were trapped inside their vehicle after part of a motorway tunnel collapsed and caught fire on Sunday morning.

Japanese media said several vehicles were ablaze after a 100 metre long section of the Sasago tunnel's ceiling caved in shortly after 8am.

Firefighters discovered the bodies inside a white van after battling through thick smoke. The number of bodies inside the car is unknown; local media were reporting that as many as seven people were missing.

The rescue operation was temporarily halted in the afternoon amid fears of another collapse.
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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:16 AM

1. I just saw that on the local (Japan) news

There are a couple of theories about how it happened--
1) Water permeating from the ground above the tunnel corroded critical metals fasteners during the 35 years that the tunnel has been in use.
2) Natural deformation resulting from earthquakes and other geological events forced the concrete ceiling slabs to come apart.

The news was reporting that during the most recent inspection of the tunnel this past September, no abnormalities were found.

My condolences to all the victims of this disaster.

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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 08:10 AM

2. It's frightening but it might be both one and two

They might want to check all tunnels given that massive quake

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 04:43 PM

3. They have now closed several tunnels that had the same design

There are 12 highway tunnels that have the same design, and apparently most or all have been closed for inspection.

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