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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Gosforth, United Kingdom. November 12th, 2015.

More in the UK these days..Exciting!

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A 20ft sinkhole has opened up and swallowed part of a residential street in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The crater appeared in Gosforth’s Craster Square without warning andexposed the town’s old mine workings, according to reports.

No injuries were reported, but it did leave a car trapped on its driveway, on the other side of the crevice.

There is currently no access to the street while officials make it safe.

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Merdian, Mississippi. November 6th, 2014.

This is a big  one, lots of video and news stories… Enjoy…

Tests are to take place to determine why the ground opened up in a Mississippi city, swallowing 12 cars in a restaurant car park.

The large gash, some 400ft (120m) long and 35ft (11m) wide, opened up late on Saturday in Meridian, near the Alabama state line.

The area had suffered heavy rains over the past two weeks, the Meridian Star newspaper reported.

No-one was injured, and engineers will assess the ground on Monday.

Buck Roberts, the director of public safety in Meridian, told the newspaper it did not appear to be a sinkhole, which is usually caused when an underground water aquifer dries and the ground above it collapses.

“You can call it what you want, a cave-in or whatever, but it is not a sinkhole,” Mr Roberts said.

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Hawthorne, California. 14th October, 2015.

From our senior P Von Soucek, our senior East Coast correspondent:

405october142015A sinkhole caused by storm runoff opened up on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Hawthorne today, prompting lane closures expected to last until around midnight.

The damage to the freeway’s northbound and southbound carpool lanes in the area of West 135th Street was reported at 11:37 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The sinkhole, 15 feet deep with a 10-square-foot opening, was discovered by a Caltrans sweeper crew member, said Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler.

It was on the approach to a bridge spanning 135th Street, he said.

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