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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:18 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Large sinkhole forms in Detroit - via @Local4News

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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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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.
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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.
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Giant sinkholes around the world(26 examples in link)
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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.
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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.
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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."

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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

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