Huge sinkholes, earth cracks - ignored by mediaLet the one who does wrong, still do wrong and the one who is filthy, still be filthy
and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness
and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.
Huge, dangerous sinkholes ignored by media
December 3, 2012 I think this report is excessive, but certainly worth noting.
Massive sinkholes are popping up around the nation.
Flammable craters acres wide and leaking radiation some described as apocalyptic have forced residents out of homes and expelled radiation into the environment.
No in depth media reports tying everything together. And they often fail to mention the scale of these sinkholes that can swallow up 100 foot trees, houses, with the latest Ohio sinkhole devouring 4 football fields of land.
Some think fracking and drilling are responsible.
Is man waking up the New Madrid fault?
The 1811 New Madrid earthquakes are the most significant earthquakes to hit the United States in all of recorded history.
New Madrid fault line includes Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. In the event of a large (8.0 or higher) earthquake along the fault line, however, a much greater area would likely be affected.
I have read when USA presses Israel to divide its land, GOD judges the U.S.A.
If the USA pushes Israel to split, give away Jerusalem, THAT may trigger a catastrophic earthquake which will split the USA in half along the Mississippi River.
Then bridges would collapse, anyone on them likely perish. This would halt a huge amount of shipping.
Already the Mississippi is so low it impedes barge traffic.
GOD will not protect this sinful nation.
WHY isnt media reporting? Simple. Because 'the Beast' doesnt want it reported.
Some think the Beast is causing it hoping for a major quake to bring USA to its knees and open us to our enemies.
* I am adding previous sinkhole reports ....
The Great Collapse, worldwide sinkholes
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Louisiana Giant Sinkhole in Assumption Parish GROWING!
I have kept the Louisiana sinkhole on its own thread as there is already 2 pages
Tex disaster domes, La sinkhole, Gulf oil spill again?
This is intended as a catch-all ONLY to point to other links which *may* be related.
Call this a WATCH link
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GULF OIL SPILL in CONSPIRACIES
There is a NEW spill October 2012
I havent found links on this yet
Gulf Oil rig explodes, sinks
April 22, 2010
Deepwater Horizon rig sank on April 22, two days after it exploded and caught fire while finishing a well for BP
Martial law plans?
Connect the dots
BP wanted to drill off Libya so got the PanAm bomber released to return to Libya as a hero.
Then Obama takes US military into Libya militarily, kills Kdaffy the rightful leader, however evil.
Then leaves US Ambassador to Libya Stevens unguarded to be killed with 2 Navy SEALs.
Obama wanted to trade the ambassador as a hostage for releasing to Egypt the blind shiek Rahman, WTC 1993 but the SEALs foiled that plan.
Now the Gulf stuff arise again?
FLORIDA sinkhole swallowing up Windermere home's front lawn
November 13, 2012 A sinkhole close to 60 feet wide and 10 feet deep is swallowing the front yard of a home in Windermere.
Now, town engineers said dozens more homes could be in danger of sinkholes as well.
The sinkhole is off Wax Berry Court, which is off Park Avenue.
It's a low-lying area between Crescent Lake and Waussian Bay. Engineers said the ground water system connecting the two bodies of water could have caused the sinkhole to form.
"It was about half that size,” said Paul Padfield. “The depth is about twice as deep as it originally was."
Padfield noticed the sinkhole Monday morning after taking his son Alex to school.
"I put up the yellow tape to make sure the public was safe," Padfield said.
Padfield's insurance company's geotechnical engineer has taken over the sinkhole assessment, testing the ground and filing a report, which could be released later today.
However, the hole won't be filled for a couple of days.
"It's going to be questionable whether this is covered or not," Padfield said.
The Padfields moved in two years ago and don't have sinkhole insurance. He said it could cost up to $30,000 to fix the yard.
Neighbors, meanwhile, are scared. Some are thinking twice about purchasing protection against sinkholes.
"That's why we're scrambling to get ours and because if it happens there, it's going to happen elsewhere," said neighbor Charles Mallo.
At this time, engineers are confident that the sinkhole will remain the same size.
They are also thankful two large trees are there because they said the roots have prevented the sinkhole from swallowing the sidewalk.
This is the second major sinkhole to open up in Windermere this year. In May, a massive sinkhole opened up behind a home less than 4 miles away, on Indian Deer Road.
That sinkhole grew to about 60 feet wide and 30 feet deep before crews filled up the hole. The home on Indian Deer Road, however, was deemed unsafe and a total loss.
1,200-foot sinkhole opens up in Ohio: Pipeline exposed and hanging
Nov 28, 2012
— Gas company working to fix problem
— “I’ve never seen anything like this… very unusual situation”
Road collapse closes Route 516 west of Dover
A section of land the length of four football fields collapsed Wednesday afternoon leaving a gaping hole
Route 516 in Dover Township is expected to remain closed to traffic indefinitely
The collapse left about 70 to 80 feet of a 4-inch natural gas line exposed, and hanging — as it formerly was buried in the right of way. [...]
an Ohio Department of Natural Resources geologist was at the scene to assist in determining the cause of the collapse.
Part of State Route 516 in Tuscarawas Co. collapses
Ryan Eldredge, WTOV9
Officials say a collapse took a massive portion of the road down more than 50 feet, exposed a gas line and sunk utility poles. [...]
And now they are saying the roadway could be closed until the spring.
“I’ve worked for ODOT 16 years now and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said [ODOT District Deputy Director Lloyd] MacAdams. “This is very unusual situation. You would never think this pond would make it to the state route.”
Large sinkhole closes SR 516 in Dover
Dover Fire Captain Mike Mosser said that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, ODOT and the gas company are working to fix the problem.
The gas company has addressed an exposed gas line that is no longer a hazard to the surrounding community.
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Incredible Images Show Giant Sinkhole in Sweden Keeps Expanding!
14 April, 2012 MessageToEagle.com
It looks like something taken straight from a horror movie. An enormous hole leading to hell, some would say. But this is not a movie.
This is a real and dangerous phenomenon. New shocking images clearly show the enormous pit in Sweden is expanding.
The 200 foot wide open pit is called the "Fabiangropen" (Fabian pit) and is in the Malmberget area is located at Gällivare, 75km from Kiruna, Sweden.
As you can see on the map, it is in the northern regions of Sweden.
Due to presence of many orebodies, mining at Malmberget is conducted at different levels at 600m, 815m and 1,000m.
The mining company LKAB has now taken new pictures of the pit.
In the pictures you see the new Fabian pit which has expanded during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday in the former cavity full width.
The pit is square and 150×150 meters high.
This is naturally very bad news for people who live close to this giant sinkhole and many are afraid and also annoyed because of the loud noises.
According to the locals sometimes the tremor around here can last up to 45 minutes!
A HUGE deep hole opened up somewhere in South America a year or 2 ago.
Experts say sinkhole gas burning off slowly
January 08, 2013 One-tenth to one-twentieth of the methane gas estimated to be trapped under the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities in northern Assumption Parish has been burned off so far, according to parish emergency response officials.
Scientists believe the failure of an abandoned underground salt cavern owned by Texas Brine Co. LLC set in motion a series of events that scrambled the substrata thousands of feet deep, creating a 8.5-acre sinkhole at the surface and unleashing oil and gas from nearby natural formations underground.
The cavern, which was never used to store methane, was carved over a 27-year period from the Napoleonville Dome, a large subterranean salt deposit.
This “free gas,” as it is known, presents a risk to the 150 households in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou areas, scientists have said, because the colorless and odorless gas can accumulate in enclosed spaces in homes and garages and pose a risk of explosion.
The risk is one of the reasons evacuated residents remain out of their homes more than five months since discovery of the swampland sinkhole Aug. 3, parish officials have said.
The pace of installing the wells that will vent the gas has drawn fire from residents and parish officials. Parish Police Jury President Martin “Marty” Triche raised this issue last month during a community meeting in Napoleonville.
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Sinkhole swallows GOLFER
March 12, 2013 Golfer falls into a sinkhole in the middle of an Illinois fairway.
You know what's fun? Hitting your drive in the middle of the fairway. You know what isn't fun? Getting penalized for it. Most of the time that means your ball finds a divot, but one Illinois golfer found plenty more trouble out in the middle of a Waterloo, Ill. golf course fairway.
Mark Mihal, from Creve Coeur, Mo., was playing Annbriar Golf Course, a place he frequents, when ground gave way to the 43-year-old, dropping him 18 feet into the middle of a dirt abyss.
“I was standing in the middle of the fairway,” Mihal told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday. “Then, all of a sudden, before I knew it, I was underground.”
Immediately Mihal said he thought back to a story of a man that was sleeping when ground gave way and he was never recovered, but after 20 minutes, some rope and help from the course's general manager, he was pulled from the sinkhole and back on solid ground.
The story is just as crazy as it sounds. It was the first time something like this has ever happened at Annbriar Golf Course, a course that Mihal said he plays a lot because it's always in good shape, but it seems he might be avoiding it in the future. Mihal said after the incident that it might be too strange for him to return to the course because of what happened on No. 14, but come on, you're a golfer, we all have horror stories from golf courses! The difference is, most of our bad times end with the word "bogey," not "bon voyage."
I know that golfers normally get a rain check if the round gets washed away, but what's the appropriate response for a man that nearly disappeared in the turf of your track? Free golf for life? His own putting green in his back yard? A miner's helmet?
Lucky for everyone involved, Mihal suffered just a few bruises and a dislocated shoulder.
Proverbs 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Sinkhole opens up in Washington DC and jaded humor emerges
March 12, 2013 Obama is doing it - because - HE SUCKS from HELL!
Washington is used to being the brunt of jokes, particularly those centered around the action, or lack of it, on Capitol Hill.
But on Tuesday, the focus moved to the Adams Morgan neighborhood, where some saw a symbol of Washington - a gaping sinkhole in the middle of a bustling sidewalk. Unlike the fatal sinkhole that swallowed a man as he slept in his Seffner, Florida, home on February 28, or the one a golfer fell into on an Illinois fairway earlier this month, the Washington sinkhole is more on the order of a large pothole. Surrounded by yellow tape, it is about a yard (meter) square, as deep as 10 feetand sits a few miles from the White House, another frequent source of late-night television humor.
But the sinkhole quickly took on larger proportions as chatter erupted on social media.
"A sinkhole has opened in Washington D.C. Last to push their congressman in is a rotten egg," tweeted Bill O'Keefe.
"25 ft deep sinkhole in DC today and it's expanding. Seems like I got out at the right time. It was nice knowing you, Washington," tweeted T.C. Sottek.
Metropolitan Police were dispatched to the sinkhole site, and local residents said the problem might be due to a new sewer that had just been installed.
"If that is the case, it would be typical of this kind of sinkhole collapse," said Jim Kaufmann, a research physical scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Sinkholes are not uncommon, Kaufman said, because about 20 percent of the United States sits atop what is known as karst terrain, regions where rock below the surface can be naturally dissolved by groundwater. Hot areas for sinkholes are Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. In a city like Washington, they can be traced to something as innocuous as a leaking pipe that erodes sediment below the surface, Kaufmann said by phone from Rolla, Missouri. They also are common after long dry spells followed by rainy periods.
Even Kaufmann initially saw the humor in Washington's encounter with the phenomenon. "It's not on Capitol Hill, is it?," he asked.
Sinkhole on major NJ highway damages 18 cars
Feb. 21, 2013 WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — A sinkhole on a major New Jersey highway has blown tires on 18 vehicles.
The sinkhole was discovered around 6 a.m. Thursday in the right lane of the Garden State Parkway southbound in Woodbridge.
Two lanes had been closed while a temporary fix was made, causing a backup. They were reopened around 4:45 p.m. Thursday.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority oversees the parkway. Turnpike authority spokesman Tom Feeney says engineers are trying to figure out the cause. He says possibilities include failure of a nearby culvert or collapsed drainpipes under the road.
Feeney says a permanent fix will be made with work at night and on weekends.
Ground cracks in Arizona
March 25, 2013 Navajo Nation
A crack in the earth east of Flagstaff has been forming for a long time and no one has a clear answer.
Its gotten so big, that they had to fence it in.
USGS says earthquakes come and go in northern Arizona, which also covers the reservation.
But with the recent collapse of highway 89 near Page, some local residences wonder.
Ezekiel chapters 1 and 10 speak of wheels.
Whereas we need to use great caution with dreams, paying no attention is not wise either.
Navajo elder dream suggests big crack coming.
January 25, 2012 nokomis dream
Huge wheels moving within it self, the cogs grinding and moving shifting into place, then it started to seperate.
It was like there were two wheels within one and one was (almost spirit looking wheel) moving forward, the whole wheel in motion within itself.
It made very loud grinding scraping noise much like what we are hearing.
The wheels separated, the new one that looked like apparition moved forward, but only so far, and then it stopped there.
The last i saw it, it was standing upright and moved to my right or east. I was facing north in my dream.
Massive earth-split in Brazil
March 26, 2013 This appears to be more crap than solid info.
Massive land collapse in Brazil is being investigated.
Water and land could be contaminated with chemicals and pesticides. With the collapse, the flood of mud, stones and earth opened up a crater approximately 7 km, changing in almost 200 meters to the east of the Mosquito River.
China's Village suffers over 20 sinkholes in five months
January 2013 Residents in the village of Lianyuan in southern China's Hunan Province have been treading rather gingerly these last few months.
Over 20 sinkholes have opened up in the ground since last September.
The cave-ins, which range in size, have seen houses collapse and rivers run dry. And there is never any warning as to where and when the sinkhole occur.
Portugal giant sinkhole
April 11, 2013 Excess water in the soil may be the cause of geological phenomenon occurred in Marvao in Alto Alentejo, which resulted in the opening of a crater about 100 meters deep and 17 meters in diameter. The geologist Victor Lambert explained that this is a typical phenomenon of areas where there is limestone and soil conditions exist, though in Portugal nothing has appeared of this size.
The geologist, who develops work for research institutions and ornamental rocks, reported in the local area that has Marvăo caves and type of existing rock (limestone) tends to dissolve, forming caves. Here in Marvao, we had lots of rain a year. The water in these structures infiltrates, circulating inside, and in lime, circulates at high speeds, ie, the impact may cause is greater. However, the geologist pointed out that the crater is interesting, because of the size and depth and three small holes.
Chicago sinkhole swallows 3 cars
April 19, 2013 This one wasnt ignored - its Chicago!
A sinkhole swallowed three cars on the southeast side of Chicago on Thursday, injuring one person.
Driver was attempting to veer around hole when the pavement gave way and his vehicle fell in.
The injured driver has been upgraded to good condition with minor head injuries after being pulled from the hole and taken to hospital.
Witnesses said a man was injured after the sinkhole expanded when he was trying to drive around it, leading his vehicle to fall in.
Heavy rain and flooding in the Chicago area could have exacerbated a water main break that contributed to the large sinkhole.
98-year-old water main cause of sinkhole.
Louisiana Assumption Parish Sinkhole Landslide, Worst Fears Coming True
July 12, 2013 Following recent earthquakes at Louisiana sinkhole, a nearby landslide event occurred close to Lake Verret.
The landslide occurred approximately half-way between Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou, where the collpasing salt dome is.
Old-timers in the area said after the sinkhole first appeared, that it would ultimately join Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou as well as Lake Verret, making it one massive oil and gas chemical lake.
The sinkhole is spewing oil and methane that are oozing to the surface. Nevertheless, the state is still issuing permits for oil and gas companies to operate business as usual there.
This has been a nightmare for residents in the area.
Some officials fear the area is unsafe.
There are fears about the methane leaking in the area, and worries that the trapped gas could build up and cause explosions.
Living a nightmare in China's city of sinkholes
Jining, China (CNN) -- Four months after he built a new, two-story brick house in his village in northern China's Shandong Province, Xiao Guoqiang was alarmed to find a huge crack on the living room wall.
Having seen homes in neighboring villages sink, Xiao realized his long-held fears were coming true.
"I knew the day was coming, but I didn't expect it to happen so soon," said Xiao, who has been forced to move from the land -- on which four generations of his family have lived -- as a consequence.
Xiao's hometown, Jining, is one of China's "coal cities," whose mineral wealth helps light up the night skies of the world's most energy-hungry country. The land here is honeycombed with coal mines, which can form massive sinkholes that leave thousands of homes uninhabitable every year.
Ten years ago, the area where Xiao lived was a vibrant farming community on the North China Plain. But sinkholes are devouring 20 million square meters (7.7 square miles) of land here a year, according to the Jining Land Resource Bureau, and have displaced an estimated 100,000 people, mostly farmers and their families, over the past decade.
Sinkholes around the world
By 2090, the bureau predicts one third of the city -- an area as large as Los Angeles -- will fall into the earth, and an estimated 5 million people will have been forced out of the region by the problem.
Those figures worry government-affiliated sinkhole researcher Gu Mei, who said tensions over migration may lead to social unrest.
"Schools in some districts are overwhelmed with migrant students, while in other districts, classrooms are half empty," she told CNN.
Sinkholes: Common, costly and sometimes deadly
In this low-lying area, most sinkholes quickly fill with water. "I am afraid the city is turning into the Venice of the East," former mayor Li Guangsheng told the Qilu Weekly, a local newspaper, earlier this year.
When coal was discovered in the region in the 1960s, it proved a boon for the local economy. State-run miner YanKaung Group Ltd. grew from a local coal company to a multination-listed energy giant, employing about one of every two workers in town.
Meng Lingjun, a coal company employee, remembers the city as an underdeveloped backwater thirty years ago.
It costs at least US$15 per square meter to drain a hole and put in new soil. But according to Xiao Guoqiang, villagers only get compensated to the tune of US$5 per square meter from the coal company.
The Yankuang Group declined CNN requests for comment, citing the sensitivity of mining-induced farmland losses and migration issues.
For Xiao, the move to his new home has hit the family's dinner table as they can no longer raise their own pigs or grow their own vegetables.
"The pork price is rising and we cannot afford it. Having fresh vegetables and meat had never been a problem before because we grew and bred what we wanted to eat," Xiao said.
Another villager points out the lack of jobs in the new location.
"Our new home is 20 miles (32.1 kilometers) from the nearest town. It is hard for us find a decent job," said Kong Jian, who operates a street noodle stand.
"Young people flock to bigger cities, looking for factory jobs. Those who stayed are doing small businesses like operating noodle restaurants," Xiao said. "But for the next generation, nobody will know how to farm."
The 50-year old gets emotional when talking about his old village.
"As I get older, my nostalgic feeling for the old village grows stronger. I try not to think about it -- about the fact that it is a lake and the village only lives in my memory."
The story behind Robbinsdale's great big sinkhole
A break in neighboring cities’ water main created a 20-foot hole and closed the city’s busiest intersection for three weeks.
On the morning of June 22, the bottom of a 36-inch water main in the heart of Robbinsdale burst, peeling back several feet of concrete-coated steel pipe like a can of sardines.
Over the next 40 minutes, an estimated 600,000 gallons of water blasted downward, creating a hole 20 feet deep at the city’s busiest intersection.
“This is your worst nightmare,” said Crystal City Engineer Tom Mathisen, who supervised the repairs. “It’s always kind of hair-pulling, but yet, because we do this kind of stuff all of the time, there’s a process to do it.”
The complete repair and reconstruction of the giant Robbinsdale Sinkhole was finished in three weeks, an impressive feat considering the magnitude and complexity of the damage. Water gushing from the broken water main bored down 10 feet and destroyed a sanitary sewer line, which filled with sand and dirt. Then water, dirt and debris churned upward, taking out a storm sewer pipe that sat less than a foot above the water main.
The water continued to drive toward the surface, and eventually popped off several manhole covers, flooding the intersection of 42nd Avenue (County Rd. 9) and Bottineau Boulevard (Hwy. 81) around 10 a.m. In a stroke of luck, a nearby gas line was unscathed and no one was injured.
“I certainly have to commend the [various public works departments] for how quickly they turned the water off ... and then repaired it,” said Robbinsdale Mayor Regan Murphy. “It was an amazing response — I mean, it was a 20-foot hole, and they had [Hwy. 81] open in two weeks,”
The repairs were especially tricky because the water main takes two slight turns near the break, one at a 45-degree angle and one at a 12-degree angle. The bends had to be replaced with custom piping, which was trucked in overnight from Dayton, Ohio.
“Thirty-six-inch ductile iron pipe is not something you just keep on your shelf,” said Mathisen.
There was speculation that the blowout was related to the severe weather that ripped through the Twin Cities June 21-22, but city officials say that the break was probably a result of a leak that slowly built for years. Mathison pointed out clusters of pinholes around the spot where the 50-year-old pipe burst as evidence of it weakening over time.
A community curiosity
Packs of onlookers gathered to marvel at the massive hole as workers began the repair process.
Mathisen insists that the Robbinsdale Sinkhole was not actually a sinkhole at all but rather a “blowhole” that resulted when the water pressure from the break blew the road apart. A sinkhole occurs when water weakens the ground below the surface, causing a collapse.
People cracked jokes and shared funny Photoshopped pictures on Facebook, and crowds spent their lunches sitting in the grass on the side of the formerly busy road watching the repairs.
“It became like a peanut gallery. People were gathered at the parking lot at McDonald’s and over at Pilgrim Cleaners, cheering,” said Mathisen.
“On Facebook, someone posted a picture of a Tyrannosaurus rex coming out” of the hole, added Murphy. “There was talk of making T-shirts, and a lot of people drove down to come look at it.”
A Twitter account, @Rdale Sinkhole, even sprang up to make light of the giant crater.
Mayor Murphy said that while all of the wisecracking was fun, most people he talked to were just relieved that no one was hurt. And some nearby residents had minor flooding due to the sanitary sewer getting clogged, which wasn’t funny at all for those homeowners.
The burst water main is owned by the Joint Water Commission, a coalition of three cities — Crystal, Golden Valley and New Hope — that buy their water from Minneapolis. The Robbinsdale Police Department provided security for the site — it was, after all, the Robbinsdale Sinkhole.
Hennepin County got involved because the break occurred on County Road 9, and private contracting companies Northern Dewatering (water and sewage excavation), Valley-Rich (pipe repair) and C.S. McCrossan (repaving) worked on the repairs, in addition to a team of municipal workers headed by Mathisen.
In all, Mathisen estimates that there were 60 workers on-site initially, but that subsided to a daily number closer to 20 once repairs commenced. At this point, it’s still unclear who will be paying for what.
“How much reimbursement is due to us for our costs handling our emergency response and having to get the sand out of our sanitary main and storm sewer main has yet to be worked out,” said Marcia Glickman, Robbinsdale city manager. Glickman expects that the specific payments will be worked out through insurance companies. Total costs were estimated by Mathisen to be between $300,000 and $500,000.
Over the next two summers, a large section of County Road 9 east of Hwy. 81 is scheduled to be rebuilt, and the Water Commission already planned to replace the water pipes below that section of County Road 9 as part of the project.
Now, in addition to replacing the pipes, Mathisen hopes to purchase Smart Balls from Pure Technologies to help monitor leaks in the system.
Smart Balls are periodically inserted into pipes and record audio as they roll along. They can detect, record and pinpoint the location of minor leaks within 10 feet, according to the Pure Technologies’ website.
Mathisen hopes that aggressive maintenance measures like this will extend the life of the pipes and prevent another Robbinsdale Sinkhole from happening.
CHINA - Giant sinkhole in Shaanxi swallows cement truck
7/29/13 A cement truck proved to be too much for a street section on Xian's outskirts on Saturday, causing a seven-metre-deep sinkhole and raising questions over construction safety in China.
In the early morning, a cement truck was swallowed by a sinkhole as it was on its way to its daytime deployment in northern China's Shaanxi province. No one was injured, and the driver was able to escape the vehicle. It took urban authorities until 10pm to remove the truck from the site.
Sinkholes are a common sight in the country, where fast-paced urbanisation and inadequate training have led to faulty infrastructure. In May, five people were killed when a 10-metre-wide sinkhole opened up at an industrial estate in Shenzhen. Two months earlier, another man had been killed by a sinkhole in the Guangdong border hub.
In January, a 300 sq m sinkhole swallowed five shops and cut power to 3,000 households in Guangzhou. The construction of a subway line has been blamed for the sink hole.
Sinkhole swallows car in Toledo, Ohio
Large Sinkhole Discovered In Western Kansas
03 Aug 2013 - Watch your step if you venture into Wallace County in western Kansas.
The Wallace County sheriff says a large sinkhole was discovered about a week ago eight miles north of Wallace.
They're waiting on experts to come out and examine the sinkhole.
They have no idea what caused it, and no injuries have been reported.
What caused a giant sinkhole in a Kansas pasture?
Aug 5, 2013 A mysterious, massive hole in the earth is attracting visitors to western Kansas.
Geologists and engineers are still trying to determine how and why the ground gave way in this particular spot south of Goodland in the middle of someone’s pasture.
“Man had nothing to do with this. This is a God thing,” said Larry Townsend, Wallace County Sheriff. “There’s no oil well around here. There are no irrigation wells anywhere near. This is something that just happened.”
The sink hole is about 200 feet across and 90 feet deep. Some people have let their curiosity overtake their caution and have hiked down into the cavity, but the sheriff warns that hiking into it is a bad idea because they don’t know what’s under it and if it will further collapse.
Hell and destruction are never full so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
CHINA Car nearly falls in giant sinkhole
Aug 5, 2013 A driver had a lucky escape in southern China when a giant sinkhole opened up just inches in front of his car.
The 20ft wide hole - more than 20ft deep - appeared in Nanning city just days after local TV and phone companies had laid new cables under the highway.
"One second the road was there, the next it was just a hole," said one witness.
"The driver managed to stop just in time just as one of his wheels was touching the edge," they added.
And a giant truck ahead of the motor was almost pulled into the hole when its rear wheels were caught in the other side.
A police spokesman said: "We are investigating the cause of the collapse."
CANADA Huge sinkhole swallows backhoe in downtown Montreal as crews plug
Aug 5, 2013 A section of a downtown commercial street swallowed a backhoe on Monday as city crews were getting ready to repair a leaky water main.
The backhoe had started to chip at asphalt near the corner of Ste-Catherine and Guy streets when the ground crumbled beneath it and the heavy machine tumbled in.
The driver of the backhoe was not injured but was taken to hospital to be checked out as a precaution, city officials said.
Emilie Miskdjian, a spokeswoman for the Ville-Marie borough, said the city was alerted to the possible water leak on the weekend.
She said preliminary indications were that the leak caused the problem but more inspections needed to be done to find the exact cause.
“We think that the water leak was because of the sewer pipe,” she told reporters. “It’s a broken sewer pipe. That’s what we think but we have to do inspections to see what is really the cause.”
Montreal police quickly blocked off streets around the sinkhole and rerouted traffic away from the stretch of street which is dotted with restaurants and stores.
Metal fences were erected around the hole, where the backhoe remained at an angle as crews figured out how to eventually remove it safely.
Firefighters and gas company workers also milled around the scene, which drew a horde of lunchtime gawkers who snapped pictures of it with their cellphones.
Rahman Esmaili, owner of the Sharx pool bar, was instead assessing damage to his basement-level bar where he says water had been leaking in for more than a week.
He says the city was warned about the problem but replied there were no reports of low water pressure.
“The city completely ignored (it),” he said. “This morning, they decided to come and look at it.”
Esmaili said workers hadn’t been there long before the street caved in. He wondered aloud what would have happened if heavy traffic had been passing over the spot at the moment it collapsed.
“It’s very disturbing,” he said.
Esmaili said he will have to close his business for several days to replace soaked carpeting.
Sinkhole damages Disney World-area resort
Aug 12, 2013 Dozens of guests at a Florida resort near Walt Disney World were evacuated late Sunday when at least two buildings partially collapsed after a sinkhole opened on the property's grounds, guests and resort employees said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Guests "heard the building popping, and they all got out," said a Summer Bay Resort security worker. He said the buildings at least partially collapsed into a sinkholes.
Dora Dembley, an employee at the Clermont, Fla., resort near Orlando, said Lake County fire officials responded after at least two buildings on the 64-acre property were damaged.
"Everybody was cleared out of the buildings, so nobody got hurt," said Dembley, who confirmed that multiple buildings were damaged, including one whose front was sheared off and appeared to sink into the ground.
Guests had only 10 to 15 minutes to leave, according to the Orlando Sentinel, with around three dozen resort-goers leaving behind car keys, medication and other personal belongings inside their luxury condominiums.
"My heart sunk. I was sick to my stomach," said resort president Paul Caldwell after getting a call about 10:30 p.m. from his staff that the 15-year-old buildings full of guests were sinking into the ground.
"No doubt there would've been injuries if they hadn't gotten the building evacuated," he said during a live news conference.
One witness told WFTV, a local television station, that "windows were breaking everywhere."
"One woman was sitting in the tub and the tub levitated, and that's when she just grabbed a pair of shorts and came out ..." guest Maggie Ghamry told the station.
She said another couple with an infant baby had to smash through a room window after the door frame collapsed.
"It was the most ... surreal experience I never could have imagined in my wildest dreams."
Dembley said several dozen evacuated guests were being housed in other buildings on the property, about six miles from Walt Disney World.
A spokesman for the Lake County Fire Department did not immediately return a call for comment.
Authorities are awaiting engineers to confirm whether the gaping hole in the earth is in fact a sinkhole.
Its hard not to laugh.
Resort collapses into sinkhole
Aug 12, 2013 Luxury Condos collapse into sinkhole near Disney World.
Summer Bay Resort guests in Clermont, Florida had only minutes to escape, leaving behind all their belongings including medications.
About 30% of the structure collapsed about 5 hours later.
The sinkhole is about 50 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep and getting deeper.
Security ran through the building waking up guests. While you are running, pieces of the building are falling down behind you.
The American Red Cross was providing assistance at the scene.
Giant Sinkhole Consumes Resort in Florida
A 60-foot-wide sinkhole formed under the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, FLORIDA
Watch massive sinkhole swallow trees, water and land
Aug. 22, 2013 A massive sinkhole in Louisiana “burped” last week, swallowing up trees and water and it’s all caught on video.
The sinkhole first was discovered in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012.
The monitoring and alert status has been heightened to Code 3, meaning the seismic activity has elevated to a point similar to what has been seen in past monitoring prior to a sloughing on the shore or movement beneath the sinkhole.
The area of the latest burp, when air and gas from deep in the sinkhole bubbles up, is believed to be measure at 50’ x 25’.
The sinkhole, which state officials have determined was caused by the collapse of an underground salt dome, has been steadily widening for over a year, but the dramatic video shot by the OEP shows the sinkhole swallowing up trees and land in a furious 30 seconds of swirling water. The sinkhole was caused by a company named Texas Brine’s drilling into a massive salt dome, for which the state is currently suing the company.
Residents have been evacuated near the sinkhole and the most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from Texas Brine in the amount of $875 per week.
Earth took a big bite of a stand of tall trees, swallowed them, and burped.
Reminded me of a tsunami.
I-80 sinkhole prompts lane closures, slows traffic
A sinkhole that opened up on Truckee, California along I-80 is expected to delay traffic east- and westbound.
A 3-foot-wide sinkhole that developed Friday morning in Truckee, California forced the closure of two lanes along Interstate 80, officials said.
Th 8-foot-deep sinkhole opened around Donner Pass Road during a paving operation early Friday morning.
According to The Department of Transportation, east- and westbound lanes on I-80 will be delayed during the shutdown. The closure could affect commuters heading to and from Sacramento and Bay areas.
Workers are currently assessing the situation to make the necessary repairs. Authorities attributed the concavity to a corroded culvert underneath the ground.
Sinkhole scare closes Florida school
Aug. 30, 2013 TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) -- Students won't be at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa Thursday or Friday, but engineers will.
Two areas near the school's athletic field started caving in this week and classes were closed as a precaution.
"The hole was examined, filled in with dirt, and then monitored for the next several days," explained Head of School Tim Euler.
Another hole was discovered nearby Wednesday.
Floods Cause Sinkhole, Worries Homeowners
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - After Wednesday's floods tore a hole in Burchfield Street, the city brought in a contractor Friday to take a look inside the pipes.
A sink hole the size of an SUV sits down the street from Lori Fruk's home. Friday caution tape, road closure signs and city workers surrounded the site, as workers investigated the flood.
"We hope they find answers and find them soon because we can't keep wondering," said Fruk.
On Friday, a Kalamazoo company came to Burchfield to check out the pipes. They started in one end of the street and worked their way to the sinkhole to look for any damage that might have been done to the pipes.
All workers could tell 6 News Friday, was that there was a problem with the pipe's flow.
"It hit a record for the maximum amount of rainfall on any given day in the month of August since 1869," said Chad Gamble, the director of public service in Lansing.
However, Burchfield residents have faced flooding problems before. Two years ago floods damaged Fruk's home, causing $40,000 worth of repairs. Fruk is still not back in her home.
"We just have been trying for two years for answers and being that the issue keeps happening, keeps getting worse, we just want a home, a safe home," says Fruk.
Gamble says he proposed a plan to city council when the first flood hit in 2011. It would buy out the homeowners and cost the city about $400,000. The only other solution is to increase Burchfield's storm sewer size, costing Lansing tens of millions of dollars.
"We just want a safe place to lay our head and not have to worry, whether it's here, whether it's somewhere else. Just let us be able to sleep at night," said Fruk.
Gamble says the issue will be addressed again at Wednesday's public meeting.
Various things could be tied together.
We live on one single earth.
We call seas and waters by different names but they are one sea.
Louisiana and Mississippi states are next to each other so its logical the waters would be affected all over there and in the Gulf of Mexico.
See a map.
Is Louisiana Sinkhole actually a volcano? multiple pages
Huge sinkholes, earth cracks - ignored by media
Omen of death dying birds, animals, many pages
New Madrid fault mid-America
The judgments of Revelation (Apocalypse) are upon us.
Giants in Peru terrify the girl who filmed them
Colorado Springs - Sinkhole estimated to be 35-feet deep opens up on Flintridge Drive
9/15/13 City crews will be working late into Sunday night and early on Monday morning to fix a sinkhole estimated to be 35-feet deep on the 2700-block of Flintridge Drive in Colorado Springs.
The sinkhole opened up at around 5:30 p.m. under the driveway of a home. Nela Glemming owns the home and was inside at the time but didn't know what had happened until a passer-by knocked on her door and told her. Thankfully her home is safe and she said the driveway is actually the city's responsibility so she won't have to pay for repairs. She said she was just thankful nobody was hurt and grateful that the damage was so light compared to what others have suffered during severe weather across Colorado over the past few days.
"Nobody's hurt, my house is all intact so it's an OK thing," Glemming explained. "There's a lot of people that are really suffering through this rain and this is not that big a deal."
City workers told News 5 that some equipment to repair the hole had to be trucked in from Denver and was not expected to arrive until 2 a.m. on Monday and the work will likely take much of the day. A high pressure gas line running through the hole was not damaged but had to be shut-off while workers made repairs.
'Cylindrical' Sinkhole Swallows Marine In Missouri (Video)
31 year-old Marine, Husband and father, Curtis Powelson, died on Monday after falling 70 feet into a sinkhole while he was deer hunting, in Missouri. When he never returned home his wife called authorities, who gathering together 20 cops, firefighters and neighbors and started searching for the missing active duty Marine.
Tuesday morning, dead at the bottom of a 70ft unmarked sinkhole, that is believed to have opened up during heavy rains last month. According to the Pulaski County Sheriff, Ron Long, "several firefighters' and other searchers almost fell into the same sinkhole before finding Powelson's body.
It was very cylindrical.
Palmyra homes, apartments evacuated for sinkhole
Posted: Oct 11, 2013 1:43 PM PDT Updated: Oct 11, 2013 2:00 PM PDT
PALMYRA, Pa. (WHTM) -
"They said it sounded like a bomb going off when the ground dropped out from underneath," said Wallace Bidelspach, who lives across East Cherry Street from where several sinkholes opened up Friday in Palmyra.
It didn't just "sound" like a bomb went off. It "looked" like it too.
Several chimneys collapsed, one onto a neighbor's roof.
There were concrete stairways to nowhere, that dropped into a hole after just two steps.
And there were several huge craters below that no doubt rocked the homes above.
"One of the houses, they can't open their doors," Bidelspach said. "The foundation has shifted that much."
Eight houses, four of them apartments, were evacuated.
"I was woken up at 6 o'clock this morning with pounding on my door saying I needed to move my car and evacuate because the road collapsed," said Tara Hogarth, who owns the house nearest the largest hole.
There's no official cause or damage estimates yet.
The relentless rain almost certainly contributed to the sinkholes.
Neighbors told abc27 news that ever since the borough dug up the street during a summer construction project, sinkholes have been a recurring problem. The very street that opened up had fresh blacktop and was recently repaved.
"The last one we had here, the deepest point was 70 feet," Bidelspach said. "They could barely get the boom of the crane down to the bottom of it. Once sinkholes open up they just keep going. There's nothing you can do."
Hogarth is less concerned about the cause of the sinkholes than the effect.
"I have three kids, so having to be displaced for God knows how long, it's gonna be tough," she said.
When it rains it pours in Palmyra, where sinkholes are a frequent phenomena.
"It's disconcerting," Bidelspach said. "It's scary. Our property values are plummeting here."
Despite the rain and the wreckage, Hogarth realizes nobody was hurt and she managed to keep a sunny disposition on an incredibly dreary day.
Does she have a smile on her face?
"I'm trying," she said with a carefree laugh. "That's all I can do at this point."
Trash truck falls into sink hole in north St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It was a terrifying start to the shift for one St. Louis City Refuse worker Tuesday morning. One second, he was picking up trash on the city’s north side. The next, he was in a sinkhole.
Around 6:45 a.m., an alley off Blair Avenue near Newhouse Avenue collapsed under the wheels of a brand-new trash truck.
“I get cave-ins almost all the time,” Third Ward Alderman Freeman Bosley, Sr. turned to look at the truck, sitting in a hole surrounded by broken concrete slabs. “Not quite this bad. This is one of the worst ones I’ve seen.”
Bosley was not shocked, even after learning the driver escaped unhurt.
“I’m glad he’s safe. But these old alleys up and down here, this stuff is well over a hundred years old,” he explained. “And, anything over a hundred years old deteriorates.”
Bosley also explained the sinkhole was just another symptom of the city’s budget problems.
“All the aldermen get is money from a 3/8-cent sales tax. And, by golly, when you split that 28 ways,” the city has 28 wards. “You can only do one or two alleys.”
Residents were not surprised, either.
“No,” said Tew Jennings, who lived two blocks away. “No, I’m not surprised that this happened in North St. Louis.”
Jennings said only a few alleys are getting major overhauls to accommodate residential parking. But, he said most alleys see almost no traffic.
“So, I’m not surprised the attention isn’t given to the alleys.”
You could see a crack that ran the entire length of the alley and ended where the truck came to rest. Streets director Todd Waeltermann said the alley was so dangerous, he sent away the two 20-ton tow trucks meant to move the trash truck. Instead, he said crews would work on building a ramp to pull the truck out of the hole. Still, residents and the alderman said problems would remain.
“This is one of the oldest areas on the City of St. Louis,” Bosley said. “And, age wears out almost everything.”
HOUSTON TEXAS - Dangerous sinkhole swallows cars in Galleria area
Sept 2013 A big sinkhole was swallowing cars near the intersection of Richmond and Fountainview.
Some drivers mistook the 8 foot deep hole for a large puddle of water and drove right into it.
Workers at the restaurant construction site next door noticed a big pothole there last Thursday and said they called the city to report it. No one responded.
The weekend downpours then turned the pothole into a sinkhole.
The Public Works Department confirmed it received a phone call about a water main break in the area on Saturday.
SIOUX FALLS, SD Sinkhole Grows Downtown
Sept 2013 A sinkhole sprouted south of 14th Street and Phillips Ave and it's been growing ever since. The pit now warrants construction barriers and a roadblock.
Public Works Director Mark Cotter says the issue is connected to a failure in the pipe connecting the private property to the city's main sewer pipes under Phillips Avenue. He adds that fixing the problem could last through Friday.
MANILA Sinkhole 'swallows' house, 4 dead
Oct 27, 2013 Four people died as a sinkhole "swallowed" a house in Brgy. Ubojan, Antequerra, Bohol.
Sinkholes appeared in different parts of the province after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the Visayas last October 15.
Two members of the family survived the incident. Saturnino Barace Jr., one of the survivors, waited for six hours before he was rescued. Half of his body was trapped in the rubble left behind by the sinkhole.
Relatives of the the family started unearthing the victims' bodies.
Authorities have reportedly put the area under surveillance as there are other cracks found near the area of the sinkhole.
Despite what happened, the remaining members of the Barace family are planning to return to the area.
Chicago sinkhole threatens South Side home
November 11, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Crews turned the water back on for residents living near a huge sinkhole that opened up in a South Side neighborhood.
The sinkhole swallowed up part of the street at 124th Street and Wentworth. The city's water department says it opened up Sunday night as a result of a water-main break and became progressively larger. The water department had to turn off the water to a two-block radius temporarily as crews worked to repair it.
Not only had the water been turned off, but a handful of basements were flooded -- some with as much as two feet of water -- as a result of the break.
Crews were also working to remove a tree that was caught inside the 14-foot sinkhole. Crews will have to make it larger in order to get to the water main.
The hole, measuring 20 by 80 feet, appears to have started when a pipe servicing the house with a small leak inside eroded over time and washed out the drain and support from under the road. On Sunday night, it gave way.
"Depending on what's underneath it, we're hoping by the end of the week we should have the street repaired," said Dep. Comm. Bill Bresnahan, Chicago Water Department. "We will have water on to these people before we leave here, hopefully by the end of the day."
Florida home pool rises from ground
October 09, 2013 Groundwater under a Florida homeowner's backyard forced an in-ground pool to partially raise about three feet out of the dirt, prompting fears of another sinkhole.
Insurance denies claim.
Florida - 40 foot Sinkhole Leads to Evacuations, Possible Condemned Homes
Nov. 1, 2013 Several Florida homes in a St. Petersburg-area neighborhood have been evacuated as a 40-foot-wide and 30-foot-deep sinkhole threatens the properties.
So far, a home's patio has already been swallowed by the hole. Neighbors were evacuated as a precaution. 7 homes have been affected by the evacuations. Two of the homes will likely need to be condemned.
Video of home collapsing
Video: Watermain Break Triggers Huge Geyser and Sinkhole in Anaheim Neighborhood
Officials say a water main break along the 3400 block of East La Palma in Anaheim sent massive volumes of water gushing into the street, creating this sink hole 10 feet deep from all the pressure on a 36-inch transmission line. Crews immediately shut down traffic in both directions to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Kareen Wynter reports from Anaheim for the KTLA 5 News at 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
CALIFORNIA 36-Inch Water Main Break Causes Geyser In Anaheim
Nov. 16, 2013 It was not immediately clear what caused the rupture.
Creating sink hole 10 feet deep from all the pressure on a 36-inch transmission line.
Bosnians panic as sinkhole swallows village pond
SANICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Just outside the rustic village, children fished in a tranquil pond bobbing with green algae and lined with willow trees, as cattle grazed nearby.
Now, Rezak Motanic gazes in disbelief down a gigantic moonlike crater where the pond used to be. It's like something from a science fiction movie: a sinkhole swallowed the water, the fish and even nearby trees.
"I sat here only a day before it happened, sipping plum brandy," Cemal Hasan said. "And then, there was panic. Fish were jumping out, and a big plum tree was pulled down like someone yanked it with a hook."
The villagers of this remote northwestern Bosnian village have been in shock since the pond vanished two weeks ago.
Their pond was some 20 meters (yards) in diameter and about eight meters deep. Now, the "abyss," as the villagers have dubbed the crater, is some 50 meters wide and 30 meters deep — and growing.
Scientists say it is not uncommon that ponds and small lakes suddenly disappear. They say it could be caused by drying underground water currents, or changes in soil drainage due to irrigation.
The Sanica villagers, however, are having none of the scientific explanations.
"It could have been a giant cave that opened its doors," offered Milanko Skrbic. "Or a volcano."
Another popular theory — one that experts dismiss along with the others proposed by townsfolk — is that fish could have triggered the explosion of one of several World War II German bombs believed to have been thrown into the pond by an old woman after the war.
"She herself died when one of the bombs exploded in her arms," Cemal Hasan said as he stood on the edge of the "abyss."
Another spooky explanation: The owner of the pond took it with him when he died about a month ago.
"Only days before Hasan passed away he said: 'I'll take everything with me when I die.' And that's what he did," Motanic said. "His daughter saw him walk on the lake the night he died."
Husein Nanic said it could be a sign that the end is nigh: "All sort of miracles happen before the doomsday," he said.
45 sinkholes open up in Kaski, Nepal - 50 families displaced so far
At least 45 sinkholes have been reported in Armala in Kaski District of Nepal.
Sinkholes in Armala VDC of Kaski district have displaced more than 50 families in a week.
Sinkholes have swallowed several houses including household belongings like tables, chairs, kitchen utensils, and gas cylinders.
Nearby Riverdel School has also been closed due to the threat of sinkholes, Ujyaalo Online reported.
Geologists have concluded that Kaski, Nepal sinkholes have been caused as a result of haphazard construction of buildings.
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Florida Sinkhole Destroys Two Homes
DUNEDIN, Fla. (WKRC) -- A sinkhole claims two homes near Tampa, Florida. The hole is about 100 feet wide and 50 feet deep. One family got out of their house just in time.
The sinkhole was only about 12 feet wide when firefighters first arrived on the scene.
It eventually grew big enough to swallow up a boat and the back porch of a house and then a bedroom and the pool of the house next door.
Michael Dupre says his frightened daughter woke him up shortly before 6 a.m. on Thursday. At first they thought someone was breaking in, but it wasn't a burglar it was parts of his home collapsing into a massive crater, "and as I approach the back of the house, I see our screen room just sticking out 3 feet off the ground, so I knew instantly, ok, something opened up."
Dupre has actually known there was a sinkhole under his house for two years. Because of disagreements with his insurance company, he says, work to shore up the home only started three days ago.
The Dupres say they feel lucky to be alive. The Dupres have not been allowed back in their home and they never will. Their house and the one next door have both been condemned. Crews are already demolishing it and have started to fill in the hole with dirt.
Huge sinkhole sinks 11 buildings in China
21 Dec 2013
Hawaii sinkhole swallows truck — with driver in it
12/31/13 - Hawaii woman was thankful to be alive Tuesday after an enormous sinkhole opened up and swallowed her pickup truck — with her still inside. Velma Deluz of Paauilo was driving to work on the Big Island after a weekend of major rainstorms when Pohakea Mauka Road shifted and gave way Monday morning, the state's civil defense office said.
"When I made the turn, the road just sucked me right in, and then I just fell in," Deluz told NBC station KHNL of Honolulu. "I tried to climb out through the window because it fell on its side."
Deluz said she suffered minor rib injuries but was otherwise all right.
The driving rains continued throughout the day Monday, setting a Dec. 30 record of 5.51 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Watch as giant sinkhole swallows up Brazilian neighbourhood house by house as terrified inhabitants look on in disbelief
•The terrifying incident was captured on CCTV in the city of Abaetetuba
•Gigantic craters, caused by water erosion, opened up in the ground
•Electrical wires above the houses started snapping - giving a warning sign
By Janet Tappin Coelho In Brazil
PUBLISHED: 05:01 EST, 7 January 2014 | UPDATED: 07:51 EST, 7 January 2014
Residents in a town in the north of Brazil screamed in horror as they watched their homes disappear into massive sink holes on the weekend.
The terrifying incident was captured on CCTV cameras in the city of Abaetetuba in the northern state of Para.
These pictures show the moment gigantic craters, caused by water erosion, open up in the ground and swallow dozens of houses.
Moments before the disaster happened, electrical wires above the houses started snapping and breaking.
This was the warning sign that more than likely saved people’s lives – as no-one was injured in the disaster.
Panicking residents can be seen frantically running to a house on the right of the screen as a woman on the first floor resorts to desperate measures by throwing her child out of a window.
Sinkholes: Exploring the science behind the catastrophes
A new special on Discovery's "Destination America" includes first-hand accounts of sinkhole survivors. Geologist Drew Glasbrenner - who is on the show - and contributor Michio Kaku, a physics professor at the City College of New York, talk to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the phenomenon and why Florida is 'ground zero' for sinkholes. Find more CBSTV Videos videos on Yahoo Screen.
3 minute news clip: http://screen.yahoo.com/viral-hit...d-catastrophes-161745492-cbs.html
Downtown Detroit hit by massive sinkhole
Officials say it could take days to repair a massive sinkhole that has opened up in downtown Detroit.
The sinkhole, which opened up Saturday just blocks away from the North American International Auto Show, is now about 14 feet deep, WJBK reports.
Traffic in the area is being disrupted as crews work to fix the hole, which is 10 feet wide, according to WWJ-AM.
When asked about the cause of the sinkhole, Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Cross said the city has “older substructures underneath the roadways.”
“Age is always a factor – that’s going to be the kind of thing that’s going to have to be determined as well,” she said, according to Deadline Detroit.
Kentucky - Massive Sinkhole Swallows Vintage Corvettes
Feb. 12, 2014 Corvette fans may want to look away. A massive sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, swallowing eight of the cars on display.
Museum officials said no one was in the museum at the time of the collapse, which triggered an alarm system early Wednesday morning.
The sinkhole appeared to be about twenty feet deep, and opened up under a domed section of the museum where the cars had been displayed on pedestals.
The hole developed in an area known as the Sky Dome. Engineers are examining the surrounding geology to determine if there is any risk of the hole worsening.
The cars were among some of the most coveted by admirers of the popular sports car. Among the cars affected:
•1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
•2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil" on loan from General Motors
•1962 Black Corvette
•1984 PPG Pace Car
•1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
•1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
•2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
•2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette
The museum plans to remain open, though the domed area where the damage occured cas been cordoned off. A structural engineer has been called to assess the damage and test stability of the surrounding areas.
The dome is part of the original museum, begun in 1992 and completed in 1994. The museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary in September.
More sinkholes open up in Britain
11:11 AM Friday Feb 21, 2014
A spate of sinkholes have opened up across the country as floodwater dissolves the underlying rock, while a "second wave" is likely to appear in the coming weeks as the rain stops and the ground begins to dry, the British Geological Survey warned yesterday.
The number of sinkholes reported has soared to six so far this month - many times more than the one to two that is typical across the whole of a normal year, experts said.
These have generally occurred as soluble rocks such as chalk, limestone and gypsum have been eroded by a sudden infusion of water from the heavy rainstorms which has made existing underground cavities bigger and causing the ground above it to collapse.
A house collapsed in Ripon this week when a sinkhole appeared following the erosion of the underlying gypsum.
This followed a particularly large 20ft deep sinkhole in a Hemel Hempstead garden on Saturday which forced the evacuation of about 20 homes.
"There has been a significant increase in sinkholes over the past few weeks and it's reasonable to suggest that this is related to the increase in rainfall," said Dr Vanessa Bank, of the British Geological Survey.
"How long this goes on for very much depends on the weather. But there is likely to be more rainfall and my personal opinion is that we are talking about weeks," she added.
Dr Anthony Cooper, also of the British Geological Survey, said that as the rainfall declined and the land started to dry out a " second wave" of sinkholes was likely. This is because, as the hole beneath the ground drains out, the covering materials become heavier - at the same time as the increased buoyancy from rising groundwater levels is taken away.
"How long the 'second wave' lasts depends on the local geology and how the water is stored, but it will be over the next few months," Dr Cooper said.
The south east of England - from Norwich down to the coast is particularly susceptible to sinkholes because there is a lot of chalk, while parts of Yorkshire, such as Doncaster and Ripon are more susceptible. The South West, where the underlying rock is less soluble, is less at risk.
Sinkholes are naturally occurring cavities - or holes in the ground - created by the erosion and drainage of water and can be just a few feet across or large enough to swallow whole buildings.
When a hole develops above a manmade cavity, for example where mining has taken place and hasn't been properly filled, it is known as a dene hole - although these cases are typically lumped in with sink holes. Two of this month's sinkholes are related to former mines.
Other sinkholes to have opened up this month include a 30ft deep one in a driveway in Walter's Ash, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and swallowed up a Volkswagon Lupon.
Last week, a 10-mile stretch of the M2 in Kent had to be closed after a 15ft sinkhole opened up in the central reservation near Sittingbourne.
Although there has been a spate of sinkholes appearing this month, the most famous one appeared in Norwich back in 1988. As the driver of a Number 26 double-decker bus attempted to pull away on the Earlham Road just outside the city centre, a large section of the road surface collapsed beneath the rear wheels following the collapse of the 11th century chalk mine beneath. The passengers managed to scramble out before the vehicle slipped further into the pit and the event hit the headlines around the world.
However, even this sinkhole pales in comparison to some of the sinkholes seen in the US. In 2010, one of the most devastating sinkholes in recent times hit Guatemala City. An area approximately 65ft wide and 100ft deep collapsed, swallowing a three-storey factory and killing 15 people. The sinkhole was caused by a number of factors including an influx of water from Tropical Storm Agatha and leakage from a local sewerage pipe.
The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is violently shaken.
A GREAT EARTHQUAKE COMING
They quickly forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel,
But craved intensely in the wilderness, And tempted God in the desert.
So He gave them their request, But sent a wasting disease among them.
When they became envious of Moses in the camp, And of Aaron, the holy one of the LORD,
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, And engulfed the company of Abiram.
And a fire blazed up in their company The flame consumed the wicked.
But if the LORD creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the LORD.”
Sinkhole epidemic Terrifying holes that are opening up all over Britain: They’re appearing at FIVE TIMES their normal rate
Sinkholes seen in Kent, South-East London and Hemel Hempstead
One in High Wycombe engulfed a car as it was parked in the driveway
Expert believes sinkholes are appearing five times their normal rate
Forecast heavy rain could mean more holes appear around the country
On Saturday, a huge sinkhole opened up at the side of a house in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Swallowing up half of the front lawn, it was 35ft wide and 20ft deep.
Last week, a hole as deep as a double-decker bus is high suddenly opened up in the back-garden of a house in South-East London, almost swallowing a child’s trampoline as the ground collapsed without warning.
Had the poor owner’s daughter been rushing out to play on the trampoline, she could have very easily have been seriously injured or even killed.
Large sinkhole forms in Detroit - via @Local4News
MARYLAND - Earth eats cars!
May 1, 2014 Massive Landslide Swallows Cars in Baltimore
Several cars were devoured by the earth below Wednesday afternoon after a block-long landslide in a residential neighborhood in northeastern Baltimore, The Associated Press reported.
"It looks like downtown Baltimore reported nearly 4.5 inches of rain since through 5 p.m. EDT," AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek said. "The heaviest rain in Baltimore should be (through) the first part of tonight. But there can be one more flare-up late tonight." PHOTOS
Block-Long Sinkhole Swallows Cars in Baltimore
May 2014 - 5/1/14 A block-long sinkhole opened up in a residential neighborhood in rain-soaked Baltimore devouring cars and forcing the evacuation of several houses.
The sinkhole opened next to railroad tracks used by CSX in the first block of 26th Street in northeast Baltimore, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management said. A photo uploaded to the Twitter account showed several cars swallowed in the pit.
CSX said an embankment collapsed onto the railroad tracks. It said rail traffic in the area has been suspended.
Residents in the rowhouses on the block were being evacuated and a building inspector was called to the scene, the fire department said.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said there were no injuries or fatalities.
Sinkhole opens at Austin Peay stadium in Tennessee
5/20/14 CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. Construction crews in Tennessee are working to fill a sinkhole that opened at Austin Peay State University's Governors Stadium.
The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1o1vCDa) reports the sinkhole started out small, about 3 feet by 5 feet, but workers have had to dig a much larger hole — about 40 feet deep and 40 feet wide — to find stable bedrock.
The hole was discovered about a month ago where the football field meets the track during a project to replace the main stadium building.
Mike Jenkins, superintendent for Nashville-based Bell & Associates Construction, told the newspaper sinkholes are common in the area and the budget included sinkhole remediation funding.
Jenkins said workers continued to excavate Monday while officials met with a geotechnical engineer. He said the hole will be filled with rock and concrete.
Sinkhole swallows car in western Pennsylvania
13 Aug 2014 - A woman was hospitalized on Tuesday after her car fell into a sinkhole that opened up in a Pittsburgh-area parking lot, officials said.
News footage showed the sinkhole in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, was about three times the width of a car and filled with water.
The sinkhole opened up in the parking lot of a tanning salon, according to an Allegheny County Police dispatcher.
The woman was backing out of a parking space when her car sank, and local media photos showed a white sedan falling into the hole rear-end first.
She escaped out of her car window before the vehicle submerged and was listed in good condition at an area hospital, according to WPXI television.
Sinkholes form when rock below the earth's surface is dissolved by groundwater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Local media reported that a storm drain runoff pipe had collapsed during recent heavy rains.
Giant sinkholes around the world(26 examples in link)
Giant Crack Appears In Earth In Mexico
Aug. 22, 2014 Giant crack in the earth discovered
A drone took video of the giant split as it flew over the area in northwestern Mexico.
The crack is nearly a half-mile long, 30 feet deep, and 16 feet across.
Sky News says some scientists blame the San Andreas is to blame, but the University of Sonora believes an underground stream may have caused the cave in.
Farmers and other workers are having to find ways around the hazard and there are worries that others may form in the area.
One newspaper says farmers in the area may be to blame. Reports claim tried to trap rainwater with a homemade levee. They think its failure could have created the underwater stream but there isn’t any proof.
Researchers plan to study the gap further.
Why Are There So Many Sinkholes in Florida?
As pieces of the Sunshine State collapse in on themselves, new technology offers hope for early warning.
The state that’s well known for hurricanes and alligators has another high-profile natural worry on its list: the possibility that the Earth could, at any moment, gobble up a whole neighborhood.
Yes, Florida has more sinkholes than any other state in the nation, according to the local agency that oversees insurance regulations and compliance. Sinkholes have been spotted at least three times in as many months—May inWinter Haven, June inJonesville, and July inSpring Hill.
One technology that could help: a new remote sensor from NASA to predict sinkhole formations. It's called Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar(InSAR), and uses satellites and drones to detect changes in ground elevations over time. Such changes may indicate an area’s vulnerability for sinkholes. Think of it as an ultrasound for Mother Earth.
“Basically, the InSAR technique precisely compares repeat radar observations to measure very subtle deformation of the Earth's surface,” says Ronald Blom, a geologist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Sinkholes sometimes produce surface deformation (usually subsidence) prior to collapse, but not always. This is a critical point, not all sinkholes have deformation prior to collapse. InSAR is not a magic bullet, but it could be a useful tool as part of a more complete observational scheme.”
The technology was used in March 2014 as part of an ongoing NASA campaign to monitor the sinking of the ground along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Officials in Florida are hopeful that it might be useful in their state. “We’ve reached out to NASA, but no response yet,” says Jim Lamar, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. “We are hoping to learn more about the program and its capabilities and applications in Florida regarding terrain-change detection.” So, what causes these earth-swallowers in the first place?
Clint Kromhout, a geologist in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, wrote the paper "What’s Up with All the Sinkholes?":
The bulk of Florida’s peninsula is made up carbonate rock (limestone and dolostone) overlain by variable thicknesses and mixtures of sand and clay (i.e., overburden). Carbonate rocks store and transmit groundwater. Through a slow chemical process these carbonate rocks may dissolve, resulting in karst terrain (topography). Karst terrains are characterized by sinkholes, caves (wet and dry), springs, disappearing/reappearing streams, and other land surface depressions all of which are commonly found throughout Florida.
Both natural phenomena and human activity can trigger sinkholes. Heavy rainfall, especially after a drought, and tropical storms contribute to the forming of a sinkhole, while man-made sinkholes can be prompted by heavy pumping of groundwater for agricultural protection, investigative drilling, and excavation.
As far as picking a safe non-sinkhole region, where there is no chance of getting your house sucked in—there are no guarantees. From the Florida Geological Survey:
Since the entire state is underlain by carbonate rocks, sinkholes could theoretically form anywhere. However, there are definite regions where sinkhole risk is considerably higher. In general, areas of the state where limestone is close to surface, or areas with deeper limestone but with a conducive configuration of water table elevation, stratigraphy, and aquifer characteristics have increased sinkhole activity.
Reports of sinkholes show up in Florida newspapers so often, they deserve their own section. But Kromhout says, despite popular perception, that there does not seem to be an increase in sinkholes across the state. “I am doubtful that sinkholes are occurring any more frequently than any other time with Florida’s recent geologic past,” says Kromhout. (Then again, Kromhout says he isn't aware of any studies that have assessed sinkhole frequency over time.)
The U.S. Geological Survey doesn't track the frequency of sinkholes. Quite simply, it is difficult to do, says Randall Orndoff, a supervisory geologist at the agency.
“First, it must be determined that a collapse feature or event is actually geologic. Many collapse events we see in the news are related to our aging infrastructure and are caused by leaky sewers, storm drains, and water mains,” he says. “Second, sinkholes occur in about 20 percent of the conterminous US and many occur in rural areas, in farmer's fields and woodlands and never get reported. Also, many sinkholes subside over time (not a catastrophic collapse) and if it does not adversely impact a building or other property, it would probably not be reported.”
Even if sinkholes aren’t happening more frequently, there is evidence that they’re affecting more people. The state’s Office of Insurance Regulation said 6,694 sinkhole-related claims were filed in 2010 compared with 2,360 claims in 2006. Even if there were an absolute way to prevent sinkholes, a whopper like the Winter Park sinkhole that swallowed 250,000 cubic yards of earth is, geologist Kromhout says, “likely impossible” to prevent.
End of world opening? Another mystery sinkhole measuring 100ft wide opens up in Siberia
YET another giant mystery sinkhole has appeared in Siberia close to one of the world's largest potassium salt mines.
The gaping chasm measures a whopping 100ft across and appeared after the nearby Solikamsk-2 mine was flooded.
It is not the first time a sinkhole has opened up in the region, similar huge holes have appeared in the Yamal – or 'end of the world'.
Locals have claimed to have seen missiles and even falling angels near the sinkholes.
Thousands of mine employees have since been told to keep away as geologists urgently look into why it happened.
One theory is that a 20-year-old earthquake weakened the structure of the bedrock surrounding the mine making it unstable.
Nobody living in the nearby town of Solikamsk was injured and experts have assured families that their homes are safe.
But the unexpected crater has caused mass panic in the town and many residents are reported to be rushing to sell their homes.
One local resident said: "People have not slept for three days, waiting for new holes."
Another added: "The homes were empty when it happened, which was lucky. The nearest houses where people are living are two kilometres away."
Check Out The Massive Sinkhole Tearing Apart A Street In San Francisco
A massive 30-by-20 foot sinkhole tore apart a street in the Bay Area of San Francisco on Wednesday, according to a CBS local San Francisco affiliate.
The sinkhole, caused by heavy overnight rain, sits at the intersection of Lake Street and Sixth Avenue.
Jean Walsh, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, told CBS that sand had eroded around an underground water main pipe at the intersection. As a result, the pipe collapsed, causing rocks and sand to erode.
This isn't a first-time experience for Lake Street residents — in May 2013, an enormous 22-foot sinkhole opened up on Lake Street and 2nd Ave.
San Francisco residents and news outlets have been tweeting photos of the sinkhole all day:
Trending: Large sinkhole opens up in San Francisco neighborhood http://t.co/mlba6gyU1t pic.twitter.com/v8I6Xb9eTZ
— kcranews (@kcranews) December 3, 2014
Large sinkhole due to hvy rain RT@keithshea: San Francisco growing #sinkhole update at 6th & Lake @nbcbayarea @SFGate pic.twitter.com/Ugb73KHV9J
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) December 3, 2014
Scary 10 foot sinkhole opened up after rain this morning in my neighborhood in San Francisco - no running water pic.twitter.com/D5om77aowY
— Suyash Joshi (@suyashcjoshi) December 3, 2014
Pacifica: Concrete pumped into sinkhole on eroded cliff
PACIFICA – Workers pumped sand and concrete into a sinkhole that opened up over the weekend on the coast south of San Francisco, plugging most of it ahead of a storm expected this week.
Monday’s work came after the sinkhole emerged Saturday on a cliff in Pacifica. It closed access to a popular beach and caused concerns about recurring erosion due to heavy rains and high waves.
KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/2gydWma ) that large waves, known as king tides, may have caused it. Weather forecasters say the king tides are expected to peak Tuesday or Wednesday.
Officials don’t have an estimated time for the beach’s reopening.
A Pacifica apartment complex was demolished in March after erosion along the cliffs made the area unsafe. City leaders later declared a state of emergency.
Sinkhole swallows cars in parking lot
Nov 8, 2015 WTOK - Its funny - til one of the cars is YOURS!
A dozen cars at new IHOP in Meridian heard loud booms and experienced a power outage. A 50-foot-wide, 600-foot-long sinkhole swallowed 15 vehicles. Nobody was hurt. Authorities have not yet determined what caused the sinkhole, but the area has been hit with almost 10 inches of rain in two weeks.
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