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This is the area where the tunnel collapsed. Depression, and possible hole (the dark area near top of photo)---Department of Energy
This is the area where the tunnel collapsed. Depression, and possible hole (the dark area near top of photo)---Department of Energy
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So After Hanford Tunnel Collapse, Now What?

After Tuesday's apparent collapse of a railroad tunnel at the Purex Plant, officials now have to figure out what to do next.

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Minimal radiation readings found at center of sunken or depressed area, indicating some sort of collapse or breach (Hanford.gov)
Minimal radiation readings found at center of sunken or depressed area, indicating some sort of collapse or breach (Hanford.gov)
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HANFORD Update–Tunnel Under Purex Plant Breached, Collapsed, Minimal Readings

According to sources, including KNDU-TV, work continues at Hanford over the breach or collapse of a railroad tunnel at the Purex Plant. It appears the tunnel underneath near the plant has collapsed.

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All that's left of collapsed building downtown Kennewick (KNDU-TV)
All that's left of collapsed building downtown Kennewick (KNDU-TV)
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Snow Crushes, Collapses Old Building on East Columbia Drive Kennewick

The building, at 211 E. Columbia Drive, was owned by the Port of Kennewick. Photo courtesy of our news partner KNDU-TV.

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Remarkable image of bridge twisting just prior to it's collapse November 7, 1940 (Getty Images)
Remarkable image of bridge twisting just prior to it's collapse November 7, 1940 (Getty Images)
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Nov. 7 Is Anniversary of HUGE Washington State Bridge Collapse-VIDEO

Unless you pay close attention to history, you might not be aware that one of the biggest bridge collapses in history happened 76 years ago, November 7th, in Washington state. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which linked the city to the Kitsap Peninsula, flew apart under high winds on this day in 1940. This picture, shot just before the collapse, shows the 'ripple' in the deck as the bridge was fluttering.

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It took several weeks for I-5 bridge to be fully operational
(Newstalk 870-Northwest Cable News Facebook photo)
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Canadian Shoppers Not Returning After Skagit River Bridge Repaired

Although the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River has been repaired for several months,  the economic impacts are still visible.

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Legislator claims WSDOT allowing vehicles to travel on bridges too small
(Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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State Gave Special Permit to Too-High Truck for I-5 Bridge It Caused to Collapse

It seems the state had allowed conditions that led to the collapse of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River.

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I-5 bridge
(Courtesy KNDU-TV KING-5 TV Seattle Times)
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What Other Washington State Bridges Have Issues? What Does Functionally Obsolete Mean?

With the collapse of the I-5 Skagit River Bridge that miraculously didn't kill anyone, many are now asking, what other bridges have issues?

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I-5 Bridge
Getty Images
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I-5 Bridge Collapses in Washington’s Skagit River, Sending Cars and Drivers Into the Water [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

A bridge collapse in Mount Vernon, Washington on Thursday miraculously resulted in no fatalities.

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