Unearthing The York University Tunnel Mystery
Quick recap for those who’ve been living underground recently:
York University, specifically, the Rexall Centre, or Canadian Tennis Centre as it’s also called, the intended site of the upcoming Pan American Games, is currently at the centre of international attention over a mysterious tunnel found in a wooded area nearby. It’s not clear who constructed the tunnel or why, but this head scratcher continues to fascinate. The clandestine tunnel was discovered on January 14th, 2015 and filled in by police a few weeks later. Clearly, digging this tunnel took some time, but it’s not known when the construction on the tunnel occurred.
|2013 Orthophoto, 15 cm resolution|
Our image interpretation experts like to think we can tell a which-what from a hole in the ground. Here’s our take on what we can learn from the photo:
|2014 Orthophoto, 15 cm resolution|
There appears to be a rectangular object about 3m long and a little more than a meter wide (about 3 x 5 feet) in the small clearing in the middle of the wooded area. About 23m (76 feet) northeast of the rectangular object is a light coloured spot that doesn’t appear the year before, possibly a pile of dirt. It looks pretty obvious once it’s pointed out. Could the tunnel have been constructed in the summer of 2013 and no one noticed until just now?
|2014 Orthophoto, interpreted|
|2014 Orthophoto, detail|
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