Tunnels under Rome are threatening to sink the city, putting one of the most famous cities of the world in jeopardy of demise if nothing is done. Rome is built out of the hard rock excavated from the tunnels below, so ironically the system they used centuries ago to build the city is what is taking the city down today.
According to The Inquisitr on Dec. 2, a team has set out to map the areas of Rome where the tunnels pose most of the risk. The team of geoscientists from George Mason University have their work cut out for them because the tunnels under Rome have been long forgotten. Once they were excavated for their building material centuries ago, they were a thing of the past. Not much information on their structural soundness exists.
The team is using all the latest technology today to find the fractures, cracks and gaping holes in the centuries old tunnels beneath the city. Using 3D laser scanning, the team should be able to map the tunnels' weakest spots and the areas that are in urgent need of attention.
Once the map is complete, it will be handed over to Rome officials so they can decide the best course of action to sure up the structural integrity of the city. This doesn’t come too soon as in 2011 Rome saw 41 events where streets collapsed, that number doubled in 2012. Rome isn’t burning, it is sinking today!