Workers in Seattle ceased their digging operations this week, because they came up against a huge, mysterious, buried object.
Something unknown, engineers say — and all the more intriguing to many residents for being unknown — has blocked the progress of the biggest-diameter tunnel-boring machine in use on the planet, a high-tech, largely automated wonder called Bertha.
Let's ramp up the science fiction/horror nexus:
At five stories high with a crew of 20, the cigar-shaped behemoth was grinding away underground on a two-mile-long, $3.1 billion highway tunnel under the city’s waterfront on Dec. 6 when it encountered something in its path that managers still simply refer to as “the object.”
And a 2001-style ominous note: "The object’s composition and provenance remain unknown almost two weeks after first contact..."
Perhaps professor Bernard Quatermas can be of assistance? He, too, found a mysterious object buried under a metropolis, one blocking urban transport work: