New subway station construction shakes Cologne Cathedral

Wide cracks with water seepage have appeared in the walls and ceiling of the 13th century Cologne Cathedral in Germany, damage many feel has been casued by vibrations from a new subway station being constructed next to the cathedral.

"The effects can be felt, measured and heard," said the provost of the Cologne Cathedral, Norbert Feldhoff. In a statement posted on the church's website on Wednesday, he writes that "it cannot be ruled out that the (vibrations) could cause long-term damage to the structure."

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the fate of the cathedral is of great interest to church and civil officials and experts at UNESCO.