The section is on the M2 in north Kent, between junction 5 near Sittingbourne and junction 6 south of Faversham.
The hole – about 16ft long and 6ft wide – led to the section being closed from early yesterday afternoon, leading to big tailbacks on routes leading to and from the Kent coast.
More rain, more sinkholes…
Three homes have been evacuated over fears one was in danger of collapse after a sinkhole – the UK’s sixth in a month – opened up.
A cordon has been put in place to protect members of the public in Magdelen’s Close, in Ripon, North Yorkshire, after police were alerted at 5.40pm on Monday to the 25ft-wide hole.
No injuries have been reported at this stage and police officers are going from house to house to warn residents close to the affected properties.
Firefighters, ambulance crews, utilities engineers and structural engineers are also at the scene.
It comes after fears gypsum subsidence had caused ground instability in the area.
The concerns caused councillors to reject a plan for 75 homes less than half a mile away earlier this month, The Ripon Gazette reported.
A 5ft-wide, 20ft-deep chasm was reported in the back garden of a suburban property in Croxley Green, near Watford in Hertfordshire, on Sunday. A house and three flats were evacuated.
Seventeen homes were evacuated after a 35ft-wide hole opened up on the corner of a residential street eight miles away in Hemel Hempstead.
Motorists on the M2 suffered days of chaos after a huge void appeared in the central reservation, closing a 10-mile stretch of the motorway near Sittingbourne.
In Barnehurst, southeast London, another huge sinkhole appeared in the back garden of a home a few feet from a child’s trampoline.
And earlier this month, a sinkhole measuring 30ft-deep swallowed a car after opening on the driveway of a house in High Wycombe.
There are usually around 20 sinkholes a year in the UK, although many may appear in rural areas and go largely unnoticed.
Experts are blaming the weather which has seen record levels of rainfall during December, January and February.
The rainwater turns acidic as it absorbs carbon dioxide in the air or combines with decaying plants, and dissolves rocks like chalk, limestone and gypsum.
Underground cavities become bigger, and as heavy rain makes surface layers of clay or gravel heavier, they can no longer be supported and collapse into the space below.
It is difficult to predict where sinkholes will appear but areas where activities like mining have created man-made holes tend to be more vulnerable.
The hole is 15m in circumference and 9m deep.
However there is no immediate danger to the public – the field and a small minor road beside it have been closed off.
Engineering experts have been called in and a number of assessments are being carried out to determine what caused the sinkhole, and if there are any dangers of it expanding further.
Kilkenny County Manager Joe Crockett told RTE news all proper procedures were followed.
“It was noticed on Saturday morning by the landowner who notified the mining company.
“The main question is the risk to public safety, and if there are further risks presented. The assessments done to date indicate there are no risks.”
The wet weather in England has taken it’s toll..
Police say they have evacuated 17 properties at the site in Oatridge Gardens in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
They said they received a report at 7.30am to say the sinkhole had opened up.
Sky News reporter Siobhan Robbins says residents reported feeling the ground shake overnight.
It is believed the sinkhole opened up at about 6am.
The emergency services are still trying to cut off the gas and the electricity to homes around the site.
The road and several other surrounding roads have been closed.
In a separate incident on Wednesday a 15ft-deep sinkhole closed the M2 motorway near Sittingbourne in Kent.
Earlier this month, a sinkhole measuring 30ft-deep swallowed a car after opening on the driveway of a house in High Wycombe.
Experts claim the wet weather of recent weeks could be to blame.
Britain has been battered by weeks of severe weather, causing major disruption to road and rail travel.
No injuries were reported, but a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors Co were among the iconic cars piled up in the pit.
“It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident,” the museum, based in Bowling Green, said in a statement.
Alarms went off early Wednesday morning in the “Skydome” area and museum security officers who rushed to the scene found the sinkhole, 25 to 30 feet deep.
The Bowling Green Fire Department estimated the sinkhole at 40 feet wide. No one was in or around the museum during the collapse happened.
In addition to the 1962 Black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette, were among the damaged cars owned by the museum.
The museum will be closed, while a structural engineer assesses the damage and stability of the surrounding area, the museum said.
GM builds Corvettes at a plant in Bowling Green across the street from the museum, which opened in 1994. Buyers of new Corvettes can arrange to take delivery of their car at the museum.
Here are some videos, including new-style drone footage, which should offer good footage of sinkholes in the future..:
There’s an ongoing traffic alert if you’re heading to the North American International Auto Show in the next couple of days. There’s a sinkhole in downtown Detroit that may affect your drive.
The sinkhole measures about 10 feet by 10 feet and is on Randolph street at the intersection of Jefferson right by the Coleman A. Young municipal building and the Millender Center.
M-DOT Spokeswoman Diane Cross says they’ve blocked the right westbound lanes of Jefferson there coming off of I-375 into downtown.
But the question remains as to the cause of the sinkhole:
“Well, unfortunately we are a pretty old city, we have older substructures underneath the roadways, and so at the moment we are not sure,” said Cross. “Age is always a factor – that’s going to be the kind of thing that’s going to have to be determined as well.
Cross recommends taking an alternate route like the Lodge if you’re headed to events such as the auto show until repairs are complete.