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Japan tunnel collapse 'traps cars'
BBC ^ | 1 December 2012

Posted on 12/01/2012 5:22:34 PM PST by Lonely Bull

A road tunnel has collapsed in Japan, trapping a number of vehicles, Japanese media reports say.

The incident happened at about 08:00 local time (23:00 GMT Saturday) in the Sasago tunnel, about 80km (50 miles) west of the capital Tokyo.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cars; collapse; japan; sasago; sasagotunnel; traps; tunnel

1 posted on 12/01/2012 5:22:49 PM PST by Lonely Bull
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To: Lonely Bull

Was it a “bump”?


2 posted on 12/01/2012 5:35:50 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Lonely Bull

Earthquake?


3 posted on 12/01/2012 5:36:08 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Lonely Bull

Thank goodness no humans where trapped.


5 posted on 12/01/2012 5:40:18 PM PST by omega4179 ( el 0bama comio un perro)
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To: nevergore

Japan’s highways have been constructed to be earthquake resistent (and also soundproofed in some areas). The highway system was financed with debt, and earthquake and sound proofing added greatly to the cost...


6 posted on 12/01/2012 5:43:09 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: omega4179
No humans were trapped?

The article didn't mention this (said there was lots of smoke coming from the tunnel).

7 posted on 12/01/2012 5:44:42 PM PST by jungleboy
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Nothing can be earthquake proof, just earthquake resistant. :^)


8 posted on 12/01/2012 5:47:03 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: jungleboy
The headline does just say cars were trapped.

Prayers up for any humans that might have been with the cars.

/johnny

9 posted on 12/01/2012 5:47:59 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jungleboy

Sounds like the collapse just got cars, but no drivers... and just got smoke, but no smokers.


10 posted on 12/01/2012 5:48:23 PM PST by C210N (In favor of private rights and public happiness)
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To: Lonely Bull

Prayers up.


11 posted on 12/01/2012 5:48:52 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: JRandomFreeper

Doesn’t sound like it was being used for parking, though maybe/hopefully people managed to clamber out of the wreckage/rubble.


12 posted on 12/01/2012 5:54:49 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: omega4179

Hopefully it was a bunch of evil SUVs.


13 posted on 12/01/2012 6:09:03 PM PST by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

People dying is a source of humor for you?


14 posted on 12/01/2012 6:19:04 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

ping


15 posted on 12/01/2012 6:26:09 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: driftdiver

It appears you are one of the few who take it seriously. What the heck is wrong with people sometimes?


16 posted on 12/01/2012 6:26:13 PM PST by PghBaldy (Pete Hoekstra RE: Petraeus scandal - "There's more here than meets the eye.")
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To: nevergore

FEMA inspector told me we wouldn’t have lost any roofs from houses on the Gulf Coast during Ike if we would have had hurricane proof shingles. Turns out he was from California and he told me that all the construction in California is now hurricane and earthquake proof. Told him I didn’t realize California had hurricanes and his response, “Well, you never know”.


17 posted on 12/01/2012 6:29:27 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: PghBaldy

Did you know Pete Hoekstra was one of two congressfolk told about Israel’s fixit with Syria on 9/6/07? He says some odd things from time to time, but seems to be the most plugged in with NATSEC.


18 posted on 12/01/2012 6:35:16 PM PST by txhurl (i hate rats)
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To: driftdiver

If you can’t find things to laugh at when the world becomes increasingly grim, you’ll be a sad, sad person.


19 posted on 12/01/2012 6:37:49 PM PST by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: Crazieman

So find something humorous. I don’t find the idea of fathers, mothers, and perhaps entire families being crushed and then burned to death to be funny.

You may think it makes me a sad person. I think making fun of it is sick and degenerate.

Do you also joke about 9/11 or is it just when Japanese people die that you laugh?


20 posted on 12/01/2012 6:41:53 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Shame on you.


21 posted on 12/01/2012 6:48:58 PM PST by Mears
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To: PghBaldy; driftdiver; Mears
At the time of my comment, from reading other sources it appeared that nobody was in the tunnel.

Now they are saying there may be five people trapped.

22 posted on 12/01/2012 6:56:39 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

This is on a major expressway going west from Tokyo. One injured woman escaped, but the rescue crews can’t get in the tunnel because of the smoke. They don’t really know how many cars are in this 4 kilometer tunnel.


23 posted on 12/01/2012 7:03:09 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: VanShuyten

A man also escaped. He says he saw at least one crushed car.


24 posted on 12/01/2012 7:06:25 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Grams A
Turns out he was from California and he told me that all the construction in California is now hurricane and earthquake proof.

And he is naive and an idiot. I'm in South San Francisco, in California. We currently have a storm raging outside, in addition to a bad one a couple days ago with tree limbs down. A few years ago we had a tornado touch down in my neighborhood, just blocks from my home. It ripped the roofs off several businesses. So no, our construction in California is not hurricane or earthquake proof.

25 posted on 12/01/2012 7:07:30 PM PST by roadcat
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To: driftdiver; Mears

Thanks for drawing the line.

Horrible situation in a country that has had more than its share lately.


26 posted on 12/01/2012 7:10:27 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Grams A
Turns out he was from California and he told me that all the construction in California is now hurricane and earthquake proof.

"I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern ship building has gone beyond that." -Captain Smith, Commander of Titanic

"There is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers." -Phillip Franklin, White Star Line Vice-President

"My mother had a premonition from the very word 'GO.' She knew there was something to be afraid of and the only thing that she felt strongly about was that to say a ship was unsinkable was flying in the face of God. Those were her words." -Eva Hart, Titanic Survivor

“Even God himself couldn't sink this ship”- Capt. Edward John Smith (legend)

27 posted on 12/01/2012 7:26:41 PM PST by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: C210N
My bad... I've been eatin/smokin, too many jungle leafs tonight and did not recognize the sarc of the story's wording.
28 posted on 12/01/2012 8:35:48 PM PST by jungleboy
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To: BenLurkin

Yep. Its a bad one. I drive through there once in awhile, every now and then. Beautiful country. But one does not expect this.


29 posted on 12/01/2012 9:42:30 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (*Too many* damned conservatives in the GOP primaries split the vote for Romney. We are SO retarded!)
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To: Crazieman

I don’t think its funny. What if this happened down the street from YOU. For hell’s sake, there has got to be people trapped in those cars or in the tunnel, if not already dead yet from suffocation (unless they found some tunnel emergency exits, which they do have ever 100 meters or so clearly marked).


30 posted on 12/01/2012 9:45:53 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (*Too many* damned conservatives in the GOP primaries split the vote for Romney. We are SO retarded!)
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To: Lonely Bull

From the article, the CCTV system in the tunnel shows an area of “up to 100m” has collapsed. I don’t know how crowded the road was, but the survivor’s accounts were pretty scary.


31 posted on 12/01/2012 10:02:29 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: BenLurkin

That’s exactly who I was thinking of. I hope all are okay.

I can’t believe some of the insensitive comments I’m reading of this thread. Sad.


32 posted on 12/01/2012 10:20:10 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Glad you are safe.


33 posted on 12/02/2012 8:57:07 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

No problemo. I can be difficult sometimes ;)


34 posted on 12/02/2012 8:53:01 PM PST by PghBaldy (Pete Hoekstra RE: Petraeus scandal - "There's more here than meets the eye.")
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To: txhurl

Thanks for the info. I think you my have responded on the wrong threads, but no harm.


35 posted on 12/02/2012 8:59:08 PM PST by PghBaldy (Pete Hoekstra RE: Petraeus scandal - "There's more here than meets the eye.")
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