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Cracks discovered in the new Panama Canal

The expanded Panama Canal could be further delayed after the discovery of a large crack on one of the lock gates at the Pacific end of the canal.

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Once again the expansion of Panama Canal could look set to be postponed, this time following the discovery of a large crack in one of the lock gates by the Pacific, which could represent a new setback for the project.

Images from the canal (see video below), which is 90 percent completed at this point, show a leaking lock gate with water seeping through a long horizontal crack that spans more than half the gate's width.

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