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Open the longest tunnel in Europe

June 16 2007

The longest tunnel in Europe opened yesterday in Switzerland. The tunnel passes through the Alps. Its length is 34.6 km.

Office of the tunnel and the dubbed automated dispatching, there are workarounds. In the event of an accident is unlikely to stop the movement altogether. In preparation for the launch of the century, in the control center and forecast that such a situation: the loss of power, failure of ventilation and fire. It came up with three levels of protection - an evacuation train, mini-buses and bridges every 300 meters.

Experts hope that now through the mountains by car can be faster than hop on an airplane.
It is worth noting that so deep in the mountains yet nobody in the world did not come - it was hard work with heavy rock, a thorough investigation and hundreds of wells. When north and south for nearly met, was discovered karst area with a pressure of 40 atmospheres. And only a year ago, when the rails connected, all believed that the light at the end of the tunnel will still be. Reports

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