Allentown, Pennsylvania. June 22nd, 2016.

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The 700 block of Walnut Street in Allentown is shut down after a small sinkhole opened up overnight. Firefighters tell us a man was walking on the street when his foot broke through and was stuck in the hole. They had to rescue him and he was taken to a local hospital for his injuries. Officials tell us the hole is deep and the city’s street department will have to come out Wednesday morning to check it further.

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Huntington Park, California April 12th 2016

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A large crater has opened up on the grounds of an LAUSD school whose site was once at the epicenter of an environmental justice battle. The crater measures about 75 feet by 45 feet according to CBS Los Angeles. Regardless, class remained in session Tuesday at Linda Esperanza Marquez High School in Huntington Park. The school, which opened in 2013, is built on the rubble of “a former toxic concrete mountain” known as “La Montaña.” LAUSD spokesperson Elvia Perez told LAist that “there is no known correlation” between the current crater and the ground beneath the school.

Despite news reports declaring the crater on the school’s basketball court to be a sinkhole, Los Angeles Unified School District officials maintain that the collapse in the concrete is the result of a “man-made water collection basin.” An LAUSD official told LAist that the “man-made water collection basin” in question is a storm water retention and recharge system used to collect excess rain water, and that it was built during the school’s construction in 2012.

La Montaña was a five-story high pile of concrete debris and crushed asphalt collected from freeways damaged by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, along with other solid waste, “that dominate[d] its environs like some immovable force of nature,” as the L.A. Times wrote in 1996. The 600,000 ton pile of rubble, which stood so long that trees were growing from it caused major health problems for residents of Huntington Park, a predominately Latino working class community southeast of downtown. “If there has ever been a poster child for environmental justice, this is it,” Integrated Waste Management Board chairwoman Linda Moulton-Patterson told the L.A. Times in 2004.

After a decade of community activism and courtroom battles, cleanup of La Montaña finally began in 2004. The school is named for community activist Linda Esperanza, whose apartment once faced the rubble.

Recent headlines about lead poisoning from Vernon’s Exide plant have once again brought issues of environmental justice to the forefront of the civic conversation, but this is sadly no new battle. In a city of smog and traffic, low-income communities of color have a long history of being disproportionately affected by environmental hazards.

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California, April 10th 2016

It’s been a busy week in California.

 

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Authorities have shared video of the moment when a sinkhole formed in the middle of a road just north of Fresno.

The 15-foot-by-20-foot-deep sinkhole formed in a 12-foot-by-15-foot section of the street, causing the street fall to into the sewage line, the City of Madera Police Department said in a Facebook post. The road is expected to be closed for repairs for an “extended” period of time.

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Norhausen, Germany. February 22nd, 2016.

A massive 50 meter deep sinkhole has swallowed up parts of two uninhabited buildings in a German town. Luckily no one was injured in the incident. The hole continued to grow over the weekend.

According to local authorities, the earth began to swallow the district-owned service company in the city of Nordhausen on Friday night. Witnesses said they heard a rumbling before two sinkholes opened up, engulfing parts of two buildings.

The dual ground openings eventually merged to form one large crater, measuring 50 meters deep and 30 meters wide, that has since been filled with groundwater.

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Part of an office building and an outbuilding broke off and plunged into the depths unexpectedly. Now both buildings are in danger of collapsing.

The authorities cordoned off the site of the disaster and are investigating the cause of the sinkhole. Experts of the State Mining Authority and the Thuringian State Institute for Environment and Geology (TLUG) are responsible for the probe. According to officials, a much smaller sinkhole was found near the site six years ago.

This coming Monday the District Administrator Matthias Jendricke (SPD) will meet representatives of the Nordhausen fire department and other services to discuss further steps to deal with the sinkhole and the surrounding structures.

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Kent, UK. February 22nd, 2016.

A woman had a shock when she looked in her front garden to find that a tree had been swallowed by a sinkhole.

Zoe Slater, 24, from Boughton near Canterbury, Kent, was stunned to see the sinkhole, which measures 10 feet in width, on her property.

The phenomenon swallowed an eight-foot tall tree that was in her front garden. Initially, she thought it had been stolen by vandals.

It is believed the sinkhole formed on Saturday because of leaking water from an underground pipe.

 

Ms Slater said her two children are scared to stay at home.

She told Kent Online: “It’s absolutely unbelievable. I looked out in the morning and thought ‘hang on, the tree’s gone’. I thought it must be vandals.

“It was a lot taller than me – seven or eight feet – and it had gone.”

Ms Slater, a part-time cleaner, said the hole is filling with water. Only the top branches of her tree are visible.

“My children always play out the front in the summer with the neighbours,” she said. “I’d hate to think what could have happened.”

The area around the sinkhole has been cordoned off.

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Epperstone, UK. February 22, 2016.

Veterinary physiotherapist Sally Hall has described the terrifying moment she got sucked into a sinkhole caused by a burst waterpipe.

The leak started in the small village of Epperstone at around 5am on Sunday – flooding streets, homes and businesses.

The 34-year-old said her Honda CR-V 4×4 is a write-off, and although Severn Trent were there an hour before her accident, they only put cones out after the lucky escape.

Sally, who lives with her doctor husband, Thomas, 33, said: “It was about 6.45am and it was still dark.

“I was going down Chapel Lane where I live when I saw what looked like about three to four inches of surface water over a manhole cover, bubbling away.

“As I’ve got a 4×4 I didn’t think it was a problem, but I did approach it with some trepidation.

“But all of a sudden the car just lifted and was dragged across the road. It moved away from me and we were just gliding.

“It was such a shock. It landed on its side and water started flooding in, the car horn was going off and the doors were locking and unlocking intermittently.

“The water was coming in over the bonnet and makings the electrics go haywire.”

The car sunk into the street where the 24in-diameter pipe was based and needed about a dozen engineers and specialist equipment to remove it.

The Chapel Lane, Epperstone, resident said: “My Lurcher, Poppy, who hates water, was in the car too.

“I had to go to the passenger side door – as the driver side was face down in the hole – and time opening the door between the car locking and unlocking.

“Poppy was really good, thankfully. I put the lead on her and managed to pass it to someone outside, who guided her out then I crawled out after her.

“The water was only up to my feet by the time I got out, but very quickly it was up to the dashboard and all my things were floating around in there.

“I tried to save as much as I could. If I hadn’t have managed to get out when I did, and it kept filling with water, I don’t think I’d have been quite so calm.”

Water supplies to thousands of homes across south and east Nottinghamshire were cut off.

Mrs Hall is now talking to her insurance company.

She said: “I’ve had to cancel work on Monday because my insurer won’t give me a replacement car unless my car is being repaired.

“They’ve also said they won’t pay out until I prove it’s Severn Trent’s fault.

“This was definitely preventable as Severn Trent were called out at 5.45am by my neighbour who heard a loud bang.

“But they only put cones in front of the sinkhole after my car had driven into it.”

 

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Queen Creek, Arizona. February 5th, 2016

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Deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene of what was believed to be another sinkhole in Queen Creek Sunday evening.

It turned out “to simply be a washout from irrigation,” MCSO spokesman Chris Hegstrom tweeted.

Hegstrom first tweeted about the reported new sinkhole at about 7 p.m., saying it is roughly 500 feet from the sinkhole that swallowed a man a little more than two weeks ago.

It took crews from several agencies several hours to recover the man’s body.

Hegstrom said MCSO does not believe there are any injuries connected with the second sinkhole, which is near Power and Ocotillo roads. The area is described as farmland.

After checking out the site, Hegstrom tweeted a clarification shortly after 8:30 p.m., and said only a field road was affected.

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