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Sinkhole swallows car in Fernandina Beach, Florida

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Car in sinkhole

No one was injured when a sinkhole swallowed a car at an apartment complex in Fernandina Beach.

It happened Saturday at the Amelia Landings complex.

The sheriff's office believe the sinkhole formed after a water main break.

Crews were working to repair the sinkhole Saturday night.

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Sinkhole swallows Wichita, Kansas man

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A sinkhole along the 1st Street Bridge opened up and injured a man walking in the area.

The sinkhole was caused by a failing storm water pipe. Recent rainfall washed away the soil underground and caused the surface soil to give way.

There has been a sinkhole in the area for a few weeks related the the pipe. The second sinkhole appeared about 50 feet away from the original.

The man was walking along the grass when he says the ground gave way.

"I stepped and I felt the ground get weak and the next thing I knew I was about 15 feet down in a hole. I had to dig myself out of there, no one around me to help me or anything," he said.

He suffered what appears to be a sprained ankle.

The city says they are working to get the pipe fixed. It is estimated to cost between $50,000 and $100,000.

Meanwhile, the department of Public Works & Utilities says that the street was not impacted by the sinkhole but the sidewalk is ruined; a 40-foot tall street light has had its foundation damaged and the city is removing it to keep it from falling onto traffic along First Street. The city has put up more signs and completely fenced off the area to keep people out.

Comment: Sinkholes - A Sign of the Times?


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Roads, caravans and power lines are swallowed up by giant sinkholes in the Dead Sea

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Collapsed: A neglected grove of date palms line a section of a two-lane desert road - a main north-south artery that cuts through Israel and the Palestinian West Bank - that was shut down six months ago when a gaping hole opened up beneath the asphalt
Roads, caravans and power lines are being swallowed up by giant sinkholes appearing at a rapid rate because the Dead Sea is shrinking from Israeli shores in a man-made phenomenon.

Hundreds of sinkholes, some the size of a basketball court and some two storeys deep, are wreaking havoc by devouring land where the shoreline once stood.

Waters are vanishing at a rate of more than one metre a year and the problem is set to get worse without action on an international scale.

A neglected grove of date palms line a section of a two-lane desert road - a main north-south artery that cuts through Israel and the Palestinian West Bank - that was shut down six months ago when a gaping hole opened up beneath the asphalt.

Workers had stopped tending the date grove, fearing the earth might swallow them up.
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Worrying phenomenon: Hundreds of sinkholes, some the size of a basketball court and some two storeys deep, are wreaking havoc by devouring land where the Israeli shoreline once stood. It is happening because the Dead Sea is shrinking at a rapid rate

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'You can put a 25-storey building in there': A peek inside mysterious Siberian craters (VIDEO)

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The origin of giant sinkhole craters in Siberia has prompted dozens of wild theories, from meteorites to UFOs. An RT documentary has traveled to the region to try and lift the veil behind the mystery.

Looking inside the mystery holes in the Russian Yamal peninsula is an experience of a lifetime, according to RT documentary correspondent Vitaly Buzuev. The largest of the craters, discovered a year ago, is 60 meters deep.

"I was really shocked when I saw these holes for the first time. It's the biggest hole in Yamal, and you could put a 25-storey building inside it," Buzuev said.

The natives aren't looking for scientific explanations of the holes' origin, Buzuev said. They prefer to believe the craters have a "connection to another world."

"Everybody who lives there and nomads roaming through the tundra need to hear the voice of the Earth. So they believe that something extraordinary happened, and there's no explanation," he added.


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Huge sinkhole swallows truck in Citrus County, Florida

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Sinkhole swallows truck
Firefighters in Citrus County were on the scene Thursday of a possible sinkhole which swallowed a truck-mounted drilling rig.

Deputies said the sinkhole opened up from drilling a well at the home in Beverly Hills and no one inside the home was hurt. The home was about 60 feet away from the hole, which was about 30 feet deep, said the Citrus County public information officer.

There was also no damage to the home, but photos on the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Facebook page show it took down most of the large truck and only the nose of the truck was sticking up out of the hole.



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Sinkhole destroys 16 houses in Papua New Guinea

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A sinkhole in Papua New Guinea's East Sepik Province destroys 16 homes.
A sinkhole in Papua New Guinea's east has destroyed 16 houses and injured two people, local media says.

The Post-Courier reported the sinkhole appeared in the swampy Ambunti area of East Sepik Province and caused panic among locals.

Photos on social media showed huge cracks in the soil, as well as collapsed houses.

The newspaper quoted a witness who said the sinkhole formed about midday on Saturday, near the Sepik River.

The ABC has been unable to reach emergency officials.

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Two men stand near huge cracks in the earth and look at the damage caused by the sinkhole.

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Huge sinkhole swallows truck in Anhui, China

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Swallowed up: A cement truck was pulled into the ground when a road collapsed in eastern China on Monday
A cement truck, telephone pole and police kiosk were swallowed into the ground during a terrifying road collapse.

Three people were also injured when the busy road opened up in Anhui province, eastern China, on Monday afternoon, reported the People's Daily Online.

The 1,000 square-feet sinkhole appeared in front of a department store in the city, which has closed temporarily.

Emergency services quickly arrived on the scene and assessed the extent of the damage.

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation.

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Locals troubled by 15 fresh sinkholes in Armala, Nepal

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Locals say 15 sinkholes appeared at Jumleti settlement of Armala VDC in the last three days.
Sinkholes have once again started to appear at Armala VDC in Kaski district, which has prompted some of the locals to leave their houses.

Fifteen sinkholes have developed at Armala in the last three days. Liladhar Acharya, coordinator of the District Disaster Management Committee, said the recent sinkholes have appeared around Jumleti settlement, many of them near the same areas where they had first emerged in 2013.

"With the onset of monsoon, the situation has become more dangerous," Acharya said.

Several farmers at Armala have also been affected because some of the sinkholes have appeared on their farmland.

"The locals had just started working in their fields for plantation when the holes started appearing," Acharya said.

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Sinkhole opens in area below Manhattan, Kansas dam

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A sinkhole has opened up in an area below the dam at Tuttle Creek Lake in Manhattan.

It happened around 5:00 pm Thursday in a parking lot adjacent to the stilling basin, also known as the tubes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the sinkhole developed as a result of sustained high releases from the lake.

They say there is no threat to the safety of the dam.

Releases from the stilling basin continue on the opposite side until the sinkhole can be further investigated.

The area around the stilling basin has been closed to the public until further notice.
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Bizarro Earth

Mysterious giant hole in Siberia gradually filling up with water, expanding

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The mysterious hole-turned-lake in Siberia's Yamal peninsula has expanded to 50 meters in depth, Russian scientists said. Researchers have been puzzled by its origins saying it was likely caused by gas explosions.

The giant sinkhole located not far from Gazprom's Bovanenkovo gas field in Russia's northern Yamal Peninsula has been expanding, scientists said as cited by Yamal region TV. The researchers also discovered additional smaller craters appearing around it, the media said. The whole area is within Russia's key strategic oil and gas region - the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

The crater, discovered last year, has been gradually filling up with water and turning into a lake. Over the past winter and spring the water level in the crater has risen by 10 meters and it will continue to rise, scientists said, according to the government website of the Yamal-Nenetsky region.

"I am very surprised by the size, it's very big!" Japanese reporter for Asahi Shimbun Terukhiko Nouse, who accompanied the science expedition, told local TV. "And the sound of the glacier melting...this sound amazes me."