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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 12:45 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Exploding Manholes Set Cars On Fire, Cut Power In Brooklyn

No Injuries Reported After 3 Manholes Ignite On Menahan Street In Bushwick

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several manholes exploded in Brooklyn on Monday, setting cars on fire and sending people running for their safety.

As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, dozens of families were left without power following the explosions in Bushwick on Monday afternoon. As late as 9 p.m., power was still out for several customers, and smoke was still billowing on and off from one of the manholes that exploded.

Not one, and not two, but three manhole covers blew along Menahan Street near Wyckoff Avenue, witnesses said.

“I seen that there was smoke coming from out of there. So when I looked and saw that, that’s when I started telling people to get out; something’s going to blow,” Arlene Baker said.

And when the manholes did blow, at least two had cars sitting on top of them. Hernan Gonzalez came home to find his car burned to a crisp on the bottom with the bumper off, with the manhole still smoking underneath.

“I haven’t had a chance to look at nothing right now. I don’t want to look at nothing for now, because it’s hot, so I got to wait for that,” Gonzalez said.

Overhead wires also caught fire. Con Edison said a cable underground gave out, causing a chain reaction.

“It blew up and hit the car under. At least he took his car out. That was the first one that blew up, and then the one over there, and then that one over here,” said witness Henry Alicen, pointing out the manholes.

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Weird, Smelly Foam Oozes Through Cracks in Chinese Streets
5/13/13  Something very strange started oozing out of the streets in the Chinese city of Nanjing on Saturday night. Generally, when weird things start erupting from the ground in Asian countries it’s in the form of a giant b-movie monster, but this invasion was a whole lot realer, and a whole lot smellier.

At around 9PM, pedestrians began to notice the pavement at the Wende Baiyun Lane cross intersection started to crack and split open, and before long, a foamy white substance was spewing from the cracks, brining with it a foul-smelling stench. Within a short time, the foam had spread to a 50 meter radius and stood a foot high.
According to the Chinese news outlet Longhoo, firefighters and police rushed to rope off the scene, evacuating civilians and helping redirect the flow of traffic from the flow of ooze.

A short time later, the strange substance stopped leaking and the remnants that weren’t quickly washed into the sewers retreated back into the one centimeter wide cracks in the road, leaving authorities baffled as to what the stinking foam could have been.
An investigation has been started into the case of the smelly ooze, but so far, the only rational explanation that officials can come to is that the ‘Godzilla barf’ might be related to nearby subway construction, though even that theory hasn’t answered many questions.
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Massive sinkhole kills five in south China town of Shenzhen
5/21/13  FIVE people have died after a 10-metre wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boom town neighbouring Hong Kong.  
The Shenzhen Longgang district government said on its verified page on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, that five people had died and added that it was investigating the incident.

The sinkhole formed just outside the Huamao Industrial Park in Shenzhen on Monday evening, at a time when many factory workers would have been changing shifts, according to the website of Beijing-based newspaper the Guangming Daily.
The state-run Shanghai Daily newspaper said that rescuers saved one man.
Reports said it was unclear how many people had fallen into the hole in total, but the search was continuing on Tuesday.

Sinkholes in China are often blamed on construction works and the country's rapid pace of development.
Surveillance cameras in March captured images of a security guard being swallowed by a sinkhole, also in Shenzhen.
Two months ago a man was killed when his bedroom was swallowed by a eight metre sinkhole in Florida, in the US.
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Sinkhole to close D.C. streets through Friday

The sinkhole in downtown Washington will continue to block lanes and impede traffic until the end of the work week, officials said Tuesday.

Authorities shut down parts of 14th and F streets in Northwest Washington last week after a pit opened at the intersection, which is blocks from the White House and in an area full of restaurants and hotels.

The work is taking so long because workers digging down to the sewer line have to navigate a complex thicket of utility lines and old trolley tracks, according to George S. Hawkins, general manager of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority.

“It’s been the most complicated street repair I’ve seen since I’ve been on the job,” Hawkins said at a news conferencein front of the sinkhole.

Work at the pit could cost nearly $2 million, Hawkins said

All of the work should be completed and the roads reopened by Friday, said Paul A. Quander Jr., the deputy mayor for public safety.

“A lot of progress has been made,” Quander said. ”We’ve been working around the clock to fix this.”

Northbound 14th Street remains blocked between Pennsylvania and New York avenues, while F Street is closed between 13th and 15th streets. Only southbound traffic can pass through the intersection.

If the roads do reopen Friday, the intersection will have been at least partially blocked for 10 days spanning two work weeks and a holiday weekend. Traffic was severely affected in the blocks around the closure, with cars and buses being diverted from a key artery in and out of the city.

While the cause of the sinkhole is still being investigated, Hawkins said it appears that the hole developed because a nearby manhole was blocking a storm drain.

The storm drain at the northwest corner of the intersection, in front of the Hamilton restaurant, is meant to funnel storm water into the sewer system. But a manhole was constructed that blocked the drain. As a result, water had nowhere to go and seeped into the dirt under the street.

That’s our best hypothesis,” Hawkins said

The blockage in the storm drain was discovered Friday when workers threaded a camera into the drain. Authorities don’t know when the manhole was installed, but the dirt appears to have been washed out over a period of several years, Hawkins said.
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Sinkhole traps truck on Northwood Avenue in Palmer Township(PA)

Another sinkhole opened up this morning on Northwood Avenue in Palmer Township, this one swallowing the front wheels of a Lowe's delivery truck.

The latest sinkhole is in the eastbound lane just outside a home at 2350 Northwood Ave. and is not far from previous sinkholes that opened recently.

Roy White, executive director of the Easton Suburban Water Authority, said crews have started working in the area of the 6-inch main break.

Just before 9 this morning, a school bus had traveled through the area when the driver noticed the sinkhole starting to form and called authorities, Palmer Township police said.

Before crews could arrive, the sinkhole opened up more and the Lowe's Home Improvement store delivery truck, which had stopped to deliver a riding lawn mower to a home along the road, became trapped.

Once the truck was freed from the hole, employees from the Bethlehem Township, Pa., Lowe's store unloaded the mower and pushed it past the sinkhole and up the driveway.

Palmer Township police are closing Northwood Avenue indefinitely from Tatamy Road to East Lane.

Sinkholes are common in the Lehigh Valley, where underground water runs through soft limestone that's prone to give way. But Palmer and Bethlehem township sinkholes are larger than most.

Crews in April had to repair two sizable sinkholes on Northwood Avenue, which collapsed from a leaky water main. A 16-inch main at that site led to the formation of another hole a few feet away.

On March 10, a sinkhole opened behind 1502 Second St. in Bethlehem Township. That sinkhole, which forced a family to leave its home, was blamed on an aging, leaky sewer main. A sinkhole formed in late April in Allentown
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Large sinkhole opens in Winter Park
Nearby houses on standby for evacuation

Firefighters said a massive sinkhole -- at least 40 feet by 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep -- opened in the back yard of a Winter Park home.

The sinkhole is located behind a home in the 2300 block of Roxbury Road, not far from Interstate 4 and Fairbanks Avenue.

The homeowner, Suzie Blumenauar, told Local 6 she was celebrating her birthday Monday night and when she got home she noticed the sinkhole.

“What is going on here? This is devastation. The whole back yard is a mess,” Blumenauar said.

Fire crews said the sinkhole has swallowed up half of Blumenauar's pool and extends into her neighbors' yards.

On Tuesday, the Orange County Division of Building Safety declared two homes, including Blumenauar's, unsafe and the occupants have been ordered to leave.

Fire crews have not determined a cause for the sinkhole, but the city has been drilling a well nearby, something James Russo has concerns about. He lives across the street and worries the sinkhole could spread.

“The thought of that happening, if something opens up, it makes me nervous,” said Russo.

Fire crews roped off the area in the back yard and officials will continue to monitor the hole.

In February, a sinkhole opened beneath a home in Seffner, near Tampa, swallowing and killing a man.

video: http://www.clickorlando.com/news/...32/20409790/-/v9kvip/-/index.html
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Indiana 30-Foot Sinkhole Revealed Along I-69 Route
June 2013
As I-69 construction continues in Monroe County, crews are encountering a number of sinkholes.
The state department of transportation says it is not unexpected given all the karst features in the area. But residents are worried about the impact of the construction on the environment.
Bulldozers and land movers are working to clear a path through southern Monroe County that will eventually become part of I-69.
This phase of the construction is the most challenging because of the karst topography. The construction is exposing large caverns, some 30 feet deep and 15 feet across.

I-69 opponent Thomas Tokarski says building the interstate over these sinkholes poses a threat to the groundwater because pollutants and runoff can seep through openings and into the water table.
“There is a real risk to the environment in that regard too,” he says. “Plus we’re not sure about the impacts of all this digging on personal wells. We’re on a water well and what is this going to do to our well? We have excellent water now. Is that going to contaminate our well? We just have to wait and see.”

INDOT spokesperson Will Wingfield says while these karst features are common throughout the area, the department’s planners have taken necessary precautions to prevent impacts to the water table and environment in general.

“Known karst features are identified on the site,” he says. “There’s measures being taken to filter and minimize runoff going into those features. Then as part of the construction process they’ll be managed and may be capped in order to minimize impact. It’s something that we knew about as we were developing the project and have added that into our schedule to make sure that we’re delivering the project on a timely manner.”
The section of I-69 from Crane to State Road 37 just south of Bloomington is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.
A 67-mile stretch of the road from Evansville to Crane opened in November.
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Cape Girardeau Missouri Sinkhole area very dangerous to public
6/10/13  Ken Eftink's comments were from 2011, when he was assistant city manager.
Cape Girardeau's public works director Tim Gramling said two sinkholes on South Sprigg Street, near LaCroix Creek, continue to grow. A sinkhole in the creek is causing water to flood into the nearby Buzzi Unicem quarry.
Gramling said as the waters of the Mississippi River rose to above flood stage for the second time this spring, the problem worsened. He said one of the sinkholes on South Sprigg Street is about 50 feet in diameter and about 15 feet deep. A second sinkhole near the end of the bridge over the creek is 20 to 25 feet in diameter and is roughly 6 to 8 feet deep.
"And it's growing as we're talking," he said.

Gramling attempted to explain why the problem, which has closed a portion of South Sprigg Street indefinitely, developed.
"You've just got to picture what's going on underground," he said. "It's like a 3-D Swiss cheese. Flood water gets into the cracks and crevasses and starts to fill up the quarry."
The water erodes the soil, causing more sinkholes.
Gramling said employees from Buzzi Unicem are working to address the creek sinkhole. He said the company is damming the creek by the bridge, attempting to isolate the water and keep down the flow into the quarry.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri - Two Large Sinkholes Are Still Swallowing Streets
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TEXS Sinkhole At Rangers Ballpark Forces Team To Cancel Batting Practice
6/12/13  A sinkhole at the Rangers ballpark in Texas made it a little difficult for players to concentrate on batting practice.
According to ABC, a small sinkhole opened up behind the mound at the Texas ballpark early on Tuesday morning. The Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers were both scheduled to take batting practice on the field but practice had to be canceled to give maintenance crews a chance to fix the problem.

NBC reports that a busted pipe under the field created the mini sinkhole. Crew workers had to dig down three feet to get to the pipe and fix the problem.
The Indians were on an 8 game losing streak heading into their game tonight and manager Terry Francona joked about creating the sinkhole at the ballpark on purpose. Francona referenced a scene in the movie Bull Durham where Kevin Costner purposefully floods a field in order to get a break from losing.
Francona said: “I didn’t do it … We’re not there yet. We’re frustrated, but we’re not there.”
The Indians and the Rangers would eventually take the field for their game at Rangers stadium and the Indians, for the first time in a long time, would come out on top. The Indians beat the Rangers 5-2.

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