Wednesday, July 18, 2007

NYC Underground: Steam Pipes

Wow. I narrowly avoided that tremendous explosion of a steam pipe in midtown this evening.

I passed through the area on the 4/5 at about 5:45, and was stunned to see on televison less than half an hour later that there had been an explosion akin to a small volcano. At least, that's what the steam plumes looked like to me.

Gothamist has some great information up in an old post about just what lurks beneath our city streets. Among the links there is a graphic from National Geographic, to scale, which shows the utilities beneath our feet, including the city water tunnel that comes in at an almost unbelievable depth.

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