Trains could top­ple David

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

MICHELAN­GELO’s David is in dan­ger of col­laps­ing be­cause of vi­bra­tions from a nearby con­struc­tion site, an Ital­ian ex­pert warned. Work­ers are poised to be­gin ex­ca­va­tion work on a new high-speed train to run un­der­neath the Ital­ian city of Florence. But ar­chi­tect Fer­nando De Si­mone said the dig­ging will vi­o­lently shake the Gal­le­ria dell’Ac­cademia, which houses the world­fa­mous statue. And he pre­dicts the re­ver­ber­a­tions will be so bad they could cause the 5.17-me­tre mar­ble nude to top­ple. Tun­nels will pass about 600 me­ters from the statue, the an­kles of which, are rid­dled with cracks.

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