Wednesday, 14 September 2011

How Deep Are We Underground?

Sometimes, you enter a rather nondescript looking station like the one in the photo to board a train. Instead of going down just a flight of stairs, you saw a seemingly endless downward tunnel.

You keep on going down by the stairs or the escalators and after a while, you start to wonder how deep are you exactly underground.

And you start to marvel how they managed to dig so deep underground for the station and track and yet life goes on above ground.

We are not even halfway up yet! Won't be seeing the sunlight yet until you take a few more escalators up. o.O
Going up, uP and UP! And keep to left when you are on one. ^^

Thinking about these maze in the belly of Tokyo somehow reminded me of my own hometown in Raub, Pahang. In its heyday of mining in the early of 20th century; Raub was the "Malayan Capital of Gold". Using shaft mining and operated by the Royal Australian Gold Mine; these tunnel snaked through under the town. No building in the town centre of Raub can be more than 4-storey high because of these tunnel. The tunnels were blasted closed by the British during the Japanese Occupation in the WWII.

A controversial  mining is set to work full force in Raub using the "carbon in leach" method using sodium cyanide to get gold from old mines that used traditional mining methods previously.


  1. Some of those undergrounds can go on forever. I love the ones under the big stations in Tokyo or Nagoya or pretty much everywhere in Japan filled with great shops and restaurants :)

    Japan Australia

  2. i always truly get amazed at japanese's structure and not to forget the people's manners.

    they will keep to the left if they are not in a rush. i can see the world alot of people would like to follow the japs, but sadly... they are not much able to follow their architecture and manners.

  3. @Japan Australia,
    I love that too! The fact that I can shop almost immediately after I alighted from the train. :)

  4. @LV,
    They are a marvel at modern architectural and engineering technology, but I don't envy those boring, boxy buildings sprouting all over Japan. xD

  5. Wow if there is a black out teruk gotta walk up so high???haha.

  6. @Bananazஇ,
    Yeah, if got blackout, I "blackout" first after climbing up all those stairs. Kakaka

    That said, imagine during an earthquake and you are trapped so deep in the earth's belly. That's a scary thought for me. @.@

  7. Wow its three lanes some more. Have you noticed not sure what to call them maybe a 'divider'? There are a few square box placed intermittently all the way up to the top? What is the purpose besides having some words there to say keep left I presume? In Australia what the authorities have done was to make a few humps like moles the size slightly bigger than tennis balls to prevent those crazy nuts from taking a short cut sliding down all the way from the top which is actually very dangerous. I have seen some blokes doing that at a shorter escalator in Sydney quite rampantly.

  8. Walking up the stairs is good for your health isn't it???

  9. @Bananazஇ,
    Never thought about it.

    Hmmm.... interesting. I guess even escalators need a speed hump to prevent some from making the escalators a sliding "theme park". xD

  10. @minor,
    Climbing the stairs is a good workout but I don't relish going up and down the stairs umpteenth time a day! ;p

  11. O-M-GUT... it's even longer thn the one in Ampang LRT station!!! Imagine tumbling down frm the top of the escalator.... it was really like falling frm a hill!>_<

  12. @Alice,
    The one in Ampang is nothing compared to those at subways in Tokyo. ;p

  13. My daughter had a 2 weeks training in Kobe last year and she said the sign was to stand on the left of escalator but the Nihonjin all stand on the right. Either the English wordings are wrong, kiri kanan tersilap or the interpretation tersilap ie those who are in a hurry to walk on the left or whatever. Bananaz sudah pengsan-ed equally confused..haha.

  14. I feel insecure to take long and deep escalators. My legs gradually become stiff as it goes up or down in more than a minute. > u <

  15. @Bananazஇ,
    I think I read it somewhere about keeping right too. But I cannot rad Japanese so I just keep to the left! xD

    No wonder if I 'scold' hubby and ask him to stand on his left, he retorted that he follows Japanese system! LOL

  16. @ristinw,
    You have a phobia going underground?

    Going deep makes me feel nervous too but I fear heights more. ;)

  17. Going deeper underground makes me very nervous but once i see anything that encourages me to shop I'll forget those nervous jitters LOL but like you i fear heights and yet i dare go on those crazy rides that take you all the way up and drop you like mad LOL mental mental ...

  18. @cutenadcurls,
    I can't imagine how one can go deep in the tunnels like those miners do (or soldiers during the war). Total claustrophobia experience to me. I rather be on a ledge than cooped underground. @.@

  19. That looks like a long and tall escalator! What happens if you are at the top and you fall?!

  20. Oh keep to the left? I remember doing the same while in Hong Kong. But I don't recall anyone doing that in Malaysia!!

  21. @foong,
    We just stand any damn way when we are in Malaysia! LOL

    Imagine falling back and down those escalators. That would be scary! @.@

  22. London Underground is actually very "ancient".
    The trains can be really, really hot in the summer. The tunnels too - very inbearable.

    London buses also tak ada air con!!!

    Buses in my kampung actually outperform them lah.

  23. @London Caller,
    Ancient Underground tunnel - befitting a historical city, methinks. LOL

    But sometimes I wish we still have those buses that can open the windows or with no aircon because often buses in KL have faulty aircon. Suffer man!


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