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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Believe This and You Can Get Yourself Killed

I find this claim rather incredulous.

Here is a senior official claiming the following:

*The Smart Tunnel will not collapse due to earthquakes as it is "underground and circular".
*As the tsunami did not affect it, it will also not be affected by earthquakes.

It also implies that the claim has been made via the following logic:
It was able to withstand the tsunami and so will be able to survive an earthquake.

You notice there is no specific information given as "We designed this tunnel to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 on the Richter scale with the epicenter 500km away.

The claim that only buildings on the surface can be affected by earthquakes amounts to deceiving the public and endangering their lives as many motorists will believe this statement.

Just ponder this question,
"How does the shock wave of an earthquake travel?"
You can learn more about earthquakes here
For me I will not drive into that tunnel unless I really have to. After all the problems with the MRR2 don't be surprised when flaws are detected in this RM1.6b showpiece.

photo: Thanks to https://www.fh.org/uploads/d1/ib/d1ibM4waeqZ1qMeR_8cihg/indonesia.jpg

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