San Antonio Texas. December 6th 2016.

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A deadly crash involving a sinkhole…

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A massive sinkhole in Texas swallowed two cars on Sunday night, injuring one person and killing a reserve deputy, officials said.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office identified the dead officer on Monday as seven-year veteran Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara.

Deputy Dora Linda (Solis) Nishihara was killed when her car fell into a sinkhole on Dec. 4. Bexar County Sheriff

An unidentified man in the second vehicle was rescued by a civilian and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said during a news conference.

The incident occurred on a two-lane road in a section of southwest San Antonio. In a statement, fire department spokesman Joe Arrington said crews responded to a water rescue shortly after 7:30 p.m.

What they found, Arrington said, was a broken 54-inch pipe and a pit measuring 10- to 20-feet deep that stretched the entire width of the road.

Robert Puente, president of San Antonio Water System, told reporters Monday that the pipe was near two construction projects — one that was completed last year and one that was still underway. Puente said it was unclear what caused the pipe to rupture.

“The pit is full of sewer water,” he added. “Until we find an opportunity to look inside will we know what happened.”

Hood said Nishihara’s vehicle was 90 percent submerged and he didn’t know how long she had been in the water.

But, he added: “There was no way [she was] going to survive. The car was upside down.”

 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom. November 10th

From our special UK sinkhole correspondent, Sophie.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-44-07-amscreen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-44-01-amscreen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-44-10-amscreen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-44-15-amscreen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-43-38-amscreen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-43-27-amTime to get the builders in… Seven houses have been evacuated after a sinkhole appeared in gardens in a North Yorkshire market town dubbed the sinkhole capital of Britain.

Emergency crews were called to the 66ft hole in Magdalen’s Road, Ripon, on Tuesday night, the fire and rescue service confirmed.

Householder Ben Bramley fell asleep watching snooker and woke to find his back garden had sunk down a giant hole.

Bramley, 43, wife Adele, 40, and their son Joshua, 17, heard an alarming noise outside at about 10.30pm on Wednesday and rushed outside to find their garden had been swallowed.

Two neighbouring properties lost the edges of their gardens and the entire row of 1930s terraced houses was quickly evacuated.

Residents of seven houses had to sleep in hotels, the neighbouring pub or with relatives.

Bramley, a project manager for bookmaker William Hill, said: “I had fallen asleep watching the snooker on telly when my wife ran in absolutely frantic, shouting that something was happening outside.

“I could hear the strangest noise, it wasn’t massively loud it was more like a hissing, like sand slipping. It was obviously coming from behind the house and we rushed out to find total devastation.

“All that was left was the paving that led to the garden and a massive hole that had come within 10ft of the back door.

“In the dark it was hard to tell the scale of it but it was clear that there was a hole of epic proportions that had taken our entire garden and the flanks of our neighbours’ gardens.

“The elderly lady who lives next door was outside in her nightie and was very distressed, but we were helpless, there was nothing we could do except call the council and the fire brigade.

“They arrived extremely quickly and took control – we were told it was safest to leave as quickly as possible. We went to stay with my parents who live nearby and I returned in the morning to assess the damage.

“The first thing that struck me when I saw it in daylight was how close it had come to swallowing up the house, so in that respect we’re lucky. The hole is 20ft by 10ft wide and I’d say 30ft deep at least, with our garden furniture somewhere at the bottom.

“The area is built on gypsum, which is porous, and sometimes when it holds enough water it simply collapses. It looks as though that is what has happened here.”

The future of his £160,000 two-bedroom terrace, which he and his family have lived in since 2003, is unclear.

Bramley said: “We are in dialogue with the insurance company and we’re hoping that we can recover our losses that way. Selling the house any time soon seems pretty unlikely.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire fire and rescue said: “Two fire crews and an officer from Ripon attended a sinkhole that had appeared at the rear of two properties. There were no injuries but seven properties were evacuated.

“The hole measured approximately 20 metres by 10 metres, with an unknown depth.

“We are reattending the incident this morning with several other agencies who attended during the night.”

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Fukuoka, Japan. November 8th, 2016.

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An 8 meter-wide hole was first reported early Tuesday, according to Motohisa Oda, a crisis management officer from the city of Fukuoka.
Nearby residents were evacuated, and five major roads cordoned off in Hakata ward in Fukuoka’s business district.
The gaping hole — which started off as two smaller ones before merging into the larger cavity — appeared 300 meters from the JR Hakata railway station.
The sinkhole is now a whopping 27 meters wide, 30 meters long and 15 meters deep.
It is filled with water that seeped in from sewage pipes destroyed by collapsing sections of road.
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Mulberry, Florida. September 16th, 2016.

The size of a sinkhole at the Mosaic fertilizer company near Mulberry is becoming more clear.

The company used new LiDAR technology and other tools to determine the sinkhole’s width and depth. Mosaic said the technology is faster and better than the old process of drilling and coring to determine the sinkhole dimensions.

The results show that the upper cavity is between 40 feet and 150 feet in diameter at its widest point and approximately 220 feet deep from the top of the gypstack, Mosaic officials said. Mosaic dumped 215 gallons of toxic water into a nearby aquifer in August.

Water samples in nearby neighborhoods tested negative for contamination.

Crews will start filling the sinkhole, and officials believe that the work will be done before next spring of 2017. They said they will try to complete the work sooner.

“As of Oct. 17, there have been 763 residential wells sampled and 588 results have been returned. Water from 578 wells meets primary and secondary drinking water standards. There are ten wells for which that was not the case; each had one parameter that did not meet either a primary or secondary standard. That water, however, is similar in quality to samples analyzed by the U.S. Geological Survey and Southwest Florida Water Management District in eastern Hillsborough and western Polk County that had not been impacted in any way by industry,” officials said in a statement.

A massive sinkhole opened up in Polk County Friday outside a company that makes fertilizer in Mulberry.

It’s in the middle of a pond used to hold contaminated and radioactive water, which is used to process the fertilizer.

Officials said about 215 million gallons of water drained into the Florida aquifer.

Waterfalls were streaming down the sides of the hole.

Managers at the Mosaic-New Wales plant on Country Road 640 said pumps from a recovery well are pulling the contaminated water out of the ground and back into the plant.

Mosaic, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate, said in a news release Friday that the sinkhole is about 45 feet in diameter.

The company said the water, which was stored atop the gypsum stack, had been reprocessed during the manufacturing process. Mosaic began diverting it out of the cell and into an alternate holding area on site to reduce the amount of drainage when the decrease was first detected.

Mosaic said it’s monitoring groundwater and has found no offsite impacts.

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Gateshead, United Kingdom. June 26, 2016.

 

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One of Britain’s major roads connecting the north and south is shut for emergency repairs after the five metre gaping hole causes traffic chaos.

No one was injured in the collapse of the motorway, which is also three metres deep.

The northbound A1 between junctions 67 and 68 in Gateshead is expected to be closed all day.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At around 11.45pm on Saturday, 25 June, police were contacted by the Highways England reporting that a large sinkhole (5m wide and 3m deep) on the A1 near to the Lobley Interchange on the Northbound carriageway.

“This has resulted in the carriageway between Coal House (junction 67) and Lobley Hill (junction 68) being closed this morning as work takes place to fill the void found underneath the road.

“Nobody has been injured and officers are working closely with Highways England to assist with traffic management.

“A clearly signed diversion is in place at Junction 67, with drivers advised to follow the Solid Triangle when leaving at the junction to pick up the local route through the Team Valley trading estate and re-join the A1 at J68, however it is expected that this diversion will be extremely congested therefore drivers are asked to avoid the area unless absolutely necessary.

“Alternative routes for Northbound drivers are the A19, A184 or A194 depending on the destination.

“Please also allow extra time.

“We don’t have information when the roads will be re-opened at this time.”

Northumbria Police have advised motorists to travel on the following diversions:

1. A1 Northbound diverted onto A690 then onto A19 towards Newcastle

2. A1 Northbound onto A194M near to Birtley Services

3. Take A19 to A184 into Newcastle or back onto A1

4. Coalhouse Roundabout through Team Valley Trading Estate and back onto A1

5. Come off at Eighton Banks (A167 Durham Road) through Gateshead to Tyne Bridge or A184

All routes are likely to be busy especially rejoining the A1.

HGVs are requested to plan to use either diversions 1 or 2 unless necessary for local deliveries.

A statement from Highways England said: “It will take significant resources and time to complete this repair.

“Road users are advised to allow plenty of extra time for their journey.”

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Chandler, Arizona. June 24th 2016

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A sinkhole closed roads in south Chandler Thursday afternoon, and area is still yet to be repaired Friday.

According to Chandler police, the sink hole, which closed two lanes of eastbound Ocotillo Road from Arizona Avenue to McQueen Road, was caused by a break in a 16-inch water mainline.

The water main has been repaired but the damage to the roadway is expected to keep the road closed into the weekend.

Chandler Police Department spokesman Joe Favazzo said street crews hope to have all the repairs completed by Saturday.

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Powell, Ohio. June 23rd, 2016.

 

The tremendous amount of rainfall overnight into Thursday has caused at least two area streets to give way.

“Its bad news, no one can get across it and we’re kind of just stuck here,” Janet Blatnik said.

One sinkhole is on a private drive in Powell. Three homes are on one side of the washed out road but the exit is on the other side.

The Blatniks, who live on the road, were trying to head out on vacation Thursday.

“We have a car full of groceries and clothes and equipment to go boating and who knows if we’ll get there today or not,” Blatnik said.

Since the sinkhole is on a private road, the city isn’t responsible for the repairs but they’re helping out right now.

“They don’t really have any answers for us at this point,” Blatnik said.

A similar situation happened in north Columbus but with a worse outcome.

“We’ve been aware that this is failing for some time,” Mark Cooperman said. “It was just a matter of time and I guess that rain was enough to do it. “We thought it was fixed, apparently, that’s not the case.”

Freeway Road runs in front of a large office complex managed by Mark Taggart. He said he alerted the city two years ago. His maintenance man drove through what he thought was standing water Thursday when he drove into the sinkhole.

“He’s alert and talking but he’s pretty beat up,” Taggart said.

The city said it did do a temporary fix and was just about to start the permanent project. It was also a culvert issue that buckled the road and brought water pouring into an office building.

The Columbus Department of Utilities spokesperson said the road is obviously a priority to fix now. The complex brought in a company immediately to take care of the flooded building.

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