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Elon Musk Says He May Start Building A Tunnel Under L.A. As Early As Next Month

I'd say the tunnel would be...this big. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Elon Musk has already made a rocket that can land on its end. He's also set to unveil a fully self-driving Tesla in the near future. So, when he says that he's over L.A. traffic and that he intends to build an underground tunnel to bypass the gridlock, how can we doubt him?

Though...really? I mean, is this something you can just do? Even if your bank account is massive? If Musk's tweets—sent early Wednesday morning—are any indication, he's totally going to do it. He says he may start as early as next month, and that he'll start digging right by the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne.

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One person asked the question that's still brewing in our minds:

But what about earthquakes?

As noted at Business Insider, Musk had brought up the tunnel idea before. In 2015, he appeared on Neil deGrasse Tyson's "StarTalk" radio show and said that tunnels would be a far more efficient option than, say, flying cars. "And it would always work, even if the weather is bad. It would never ice up, and it would never fall on your head," said Musk.

So the idea had been floating around for a bit. But, apparently, it was one fateful December day that pushed him over the edge:

But can you, like, really just start digging a massive tunnel in the ground? We called Hawthorne's City Manager, as well as its Director of Building and Safety, but neither have responded to our messages yet. We also called Metro about it. "We don't really know anything else about it, aside from the tweets," said Director of Public Relations Joni Goheen, adding that "he certainly wouldn't be able to do it without the proper permits."

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SpaceX representatives have also yet to get back to us.

[Update 8:10 p.m.]: A representative of SpaceX wrote back to LAist to say that the company had no comment on the matter.