China plans to build an undersea railway system that would directly connect its country to the United States
State-run Beijing Times has made an unbelievable claim, which was equally cited by The Washington Post that China has entered into discussions for a futuristic international mode of transportation. The Chinese news outlet believes China would build an 8,000 miles long underwater railway which would connect China, Russia, Canada and the United States.
The proposed “China-Russia-Canada-America” line would be some 8,000 miles long, 1,800 miles longer than the Trans-Siberian railroad. The tunnel that the Chinese would help bore beneath the icy seas would be four times the length of what traverses the English Channel.
This isn’t the first time we have heard gigantic futurist plans, even Russia once discussed the possibility of an underwater railway system. That feat has never gone beyond a mere paper work. However, China could prove to be more serious with its ambiguous plan. Before the train gets to the United States, it has to pass through Alaska. Alaska has a tremendous earthquake history and China will have to prove that traveling via Alaska’s fault lines in an undersea train would be safe. This and many more hurdles should raise an eyebrow.
China is known for engineering masterpiece, the country has embarked on numerous landmark constructions and is currently embarking on “an astonishing rail construction spree, laying down tens of thousands of miles tracks and launching myriad high-speed lines.” China could have the guts after all.
Welcome to the future, Underwater Travel!
Image via Worth1000