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Is this the end of Tunnel Girl?

Kala was forced to stop the excavation of her tunnel by her town officials in january for the danger it might cause

Kala is a 37-year-old woman known as ‘Tunnel Girl’ on TikTok. She is most known for the underground tunnel system she built under her suburban home. This January, she was forced to stop her excavation by the town officials of Virginia.

Tunnel Girl’s posted her first-ever TikTok in October of 2022. In this video, she said her goal was to “construct a storm shelter off the side of my basement.” She later revealed that she wanted to do this project as a fun challenge more than a shelter to keep herself safe. More than a year has passed since her initial video, and Kala has yet to finish her tunnel.

For this reason, Kala decided to do all the hard work instead of hiring a construction crew or learning how to do it from a trained professional. Because Tunnel Girl’s username is @engineer, many of her followers were under the impression that her career had something to do with construction; this also caused many to believe she was capable of the construction in her home’s basement. Kala is a software engineer who can do tunnel work by watching YouTube videos to help her on her journey.

Using YouTube as her guide, Kala impressed many with her accomplishments. She posted an update video to TikTok in November of 2023, during which she talked about some complications she was undergoing while creating the tunnel. She stated she had dug so far she was “out of range of the minecart” because of this problem, “every castle building stone has to be carried up this tunnel to the chamber.” At the time, she reached groundwater at the end of the tunnel. She constructed a makeshift elevation, which collapsed. The elevator was created to carry heavy rocks and other minerals she acquired from the bottom of the tunnel beside her basement to the main floor, which leads outside.

She eventually took care of the groundwater problem and got her elevator to start working again. She also learned electrical skills as time went on so that she could bring light into her tunnel. Kala said, “The entrance tunnel goes down a deep incline 30 feet in and 10 feet down. The first chamber is 22 feet below grade and is approximately ten by 6 feet.” Kala was starting to take control of the complications within her tunnel, but the tunnel was too far to be a shelter anymore. People began to question the ability to carry on such a task.

According to The New York Times, Kala’s town issued a stop-work order to her. The article stated that “she has since submitted a permit application and blueprints to the town and is waiting to hear back.” There was an inspection of Tunnel Girl’s home on the 7th of December, and “the town is working with the property owner to correct any violations and ensure that the property is safe and in compliance with the code.” – written by an NBC article.

So, is this the end of Tunnel Girl? It’s hard to know whether she will continue her tunnel. She might continue off-camera if she gets found out and reported to her town officials again. You can learn more about her and the tunnel through her TikTok page @engineer everything.

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Johana Lopez, Staff Writer
Johana Lopez (10) is a current Sophomore at Santiago High School. Johana’s favorite subjects are Psychology and Journalism. Johana graduates in the year 2026 and hopes to get into a good university on a scholarship. They enjoy reading, writing, and learning about new things. Johana has always loved to write. This love of writing began in elementary school. The school held an event where the students could participate in a competition where they write stories and turn them into a group of people called “The Little Workshop”. This group would then act out the story of the winners and act them out on stage. Johana would always have fun writing these stories as anything was a possibility. Although they never won, it was a fun memory that they could cherish. This student hopes that their efforts will help them get a job as a criminal psychologist and they will be able to help their family in Mexico along with the children who need help.   You may reach them at [email protected]
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    Breanne SotoMar 4, 2024 at 11:15 am

    Great Article! Such an interesting story. Love the way you explained the updates on Tunnel Girl. Will you ever do an update article?

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      Johana LopezMar 11, 2024 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks for the feedback! I’m not sure if I will make a second article since she might not continue to post, so it might be difficult to post an update.

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