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Friday, September 12, 2008

Post Tunnel Fire, Eurotunnel May ReOpen

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The Eurotunnel may reopen soon.  That is a relatively remarkable development, after a 1000° inferno shut down the busy transportation system that moves people between the United Kingdom and the European continent.

Train services those two reopen first with freight and that will be followed within a day or two by limited to normal passenger travel.  This is not the first fire that the tunnel has experienced, this is actually the third fire that the tunnel has experienced since it opened in the mid-1990s.

That said not everything is fixed in the tunnel yet. Almost all of the 27 lorries of the brands bound train were burned and need to be rebuilt along with sections of the tunnel.

This was not the first, and it will probably not be the last fire within this tunnel. 

It is to be hoped, that the repetitive nature of these fires within the tunnel might help authorities to continue focusing on ways to improve safety, decrease the potential for fires especially those that might be triggered due to breaking systems within the trains themselves, and also continue to focus on evacuation options, and the means of putting out the fires once there started.

With fires blazing 1000° or more, it is amazing that more catastrophic results did not take place. There is truly some amazing engineering that went into this tunnel, and it would be a shame to see it destroyed them stand as a testament to man's failure.