Earth opening up? China's largest freshwater lake shrinks by one third in just 3 days

Lake Poyang
China's largest freshwater lake, Poyang, has shrunk by one third in the past three days due to reduced water supply from the Yangtze River and little rainfall.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the lake's surface area was 1,490 sq km, a reduction of 679 sq km compared with 2,169 sq km on Monday, said the Jiangxi Provincial Hydrological Bureau.

The water level at Xingzi hydrological station was 11.99 meters at 4 p.m. Wednesday, 2.13 meters lower than the levels in normal years. The water level is falling by 30 cm per day.
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Huge sinkhole opened up in Asheville, North Carolina

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A large sinkhole opened up Wednesday in the parking lot at the Buncombe County Planning and Development building on S. Charlotte Street.
A sinkhole the size of a pickup truck opened up overnight Wednesday on a county-owned parking lot behind the former TK Tripps restaurant at College and South Charlotte streets.

Heavy rains Tuesday apparently opened up the crater, according to local developer Rusty Pulliam, who with a partner is building a retail/office complex on the site.

Workers about two months ago discovered a drainage pipe installed in 1922 on their property and the county lot, and they are working with the city to relocate it so it will drain to South Charlotte Street, Pulliam said.

"Some sections of it are 40 feet deep, and some of it had collapsed," he said.

The city had agreed to pay for half the cost of relocating the pipe, which appears to carry a stream, but the county has not taken any action, Pulliam said.
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Dump truck in sinkhole forces evacuations at New Jersey strip mall

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Several businesses were evacuated after a dump truck got stuck in a sinkhole in a New Jersey strip mall parking lot where construction is being done, authorities said.
Several businesses were evacuated after a dump truck got stuck in a sinkhole in a New Jersey strip mall parking lot where construction is being done, authorities said.

Police said the dump truck was backing up to the construction site around 12:30 p.m. Friday when the weight of the vehicle created a hole in the pavement.

Businesses in a strip mall at 321 Broadway in Hillsdale were evacuated.

"There was big, loud bang," said Adam Duraku, an employee at Ray's Traditional Pizza, part of the strip mall. "I walked out and the truck was literally hanging down, right through the garage. It was crazy."
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Big rig partially swallowed by sinkhole in Corpus Christi, Texas

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A water main break near downtown Corpus Christi caused a sinkhole to form, partially swallowing a big rig.
A sinkhole near downtown Corpus Christi partially swallowed a big rig Thursday.

Deanna McQueen, public information officer for Corpus Christi, said a broken water line drenched the soil and caused the sinkhole to develop in the the road above. The pavement collapsed as the truck drove over it.

She said the "very large sinkhole," on Omaha Drive between Leopard Street and Baldwin Boulevard, would be fixed by Friday evening.

Michael Olivarez, water distribution superintendent, said crews are in the process of checking for additional cracks by sending a camera throughout the pipe. He said once the damaged pipe is replaced, the hole would be filled with cement.

Child killed after Sicily mud geyser eruption

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The eruption of a mud geyser at the Maccalube nature reserve in Sicily killed a seven-year-old girl on Saturday.
The sudden eruption of a mud geyser at a nature reserve in southern Sicily killed a seven-year-old girl on Saturday, Italian media reported, adding that her nine-year-old brother was missing.

The two children were walking with their father in the Maccalube nature reserve north of Agrigento when a geyser spewed mud over them.

The father, a police officer, was uninjured, but the girl's body was found shortly afterward while the boy could not be found, the reports said.

He was celebrating his ninth birthday on Saturday, they said.

The Maccalube reserve offers an unusual landscape of small mud geysers that erupt sporadically.

It was closed for part of August because of intense underground activity, press reports said.
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15 sinkholes devour the same recently built road in the last 6 months

The last sinkhole has opened up this week along the newly built West Third Ring Road in Zhengzhou. This is the 15th collapse within 6 months. Pretty terrifying, no?

The reason behind the crater formations is unknown and still under investigation. According to officials, maintenance of the 13th sinkhole has failed on September 20, and a rescue vehicle found itself trapped inside and began sinking into the earth. It might also be related to poor construction material... The cement pipe inside the last sinkhole was full of holes.

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A big chunk of the Sierra Nevada caught fracturing on video

Rock Fracturing
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If you like geology, you're used to relying on an active imagination. Most geologic processes occur too slowly to see them play out for yourself. Many of the exceptions are dangerous enough that you might not want a front row seat or are rare enough that the odds of being there to witness them are disheartening. Sometimes, though, the Earth throws us a bone - or in this case, a gigantic slab of granite.

One interesting way that rocks weather and crumble apart is called "exfoliation." Like the skin-scrubbing technique, this involves the outermost layers of exposed igneous or metamorphic bedrock sloughing off in a sheet. Over time, this tends to smooth and round the outcrop - Yosemite's Half Dome providing a spectacular example.
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25-foot-deep sinkhole opens up behind Walmart in Clarksville, Tennessee

A landscaper came within a few inches of a 25-foot-deep cavern while mowing grass on Arrowood Drive Thursday morning.

At about 9 a.m., the mower felt a tire slip by the side of the road and discovered the tire had broken through the earth. About 5 inches below the ground he was mowing across was a 25- to 27-foot-deep sinkhole, about 10 feet by 15 feet wide, said Jack Frazier, Clarksville Street Department engineering manager.

Arrowood Drive, which is off of Fort Campbell Boulevard near Purple Heart Parkway, was closed from the back entrance of Walmart to the veterans home currently under construction. Construction workers will be able to access that site via Jordan Road, according to a city news release.

Sinkholes are fairly common in Clarksville, which has what's known as karst terrain. "I've seen better ones and I've seen worse," Frazier said.
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Bus gets stuck in sinkhole, Tempe, Arizona

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A bus got stuck in a Tempe sinkhole after a water main broke Wednesday morning near Apache Boulevard and McClintock Drive, according to officials.
Tempe officials used a crane to pull a bus out of a sinkhole after a water main broke Wednesday morning near Apache Boulevard and McClintock Drive.

The crane arrived around 4 p.m. after two attempts to remove the bus with tow trucks failed. The crane latched around the vehicle's back tires and pulled it out of the hole about an hour later.

The bus, with 12 people on board, was traveling northbound on McClintock late Wednesday morning, when the driver noticed water on the street, said Lt. Mike Pooley, a Tempe police spokesman.

The water then caused a sinkhole in the road and the back right side of the bus fell into the hole, he said.

The passengers and the driver evacuated the bus through the side windows, Pooley said.


Deadly landslide strikes in south-west China

China landslide

The landslide hit the village in south-west Guizhou province on Wednesday night.

At least six people have died and 21 others are missing after a landslide struck a village in south-west China.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported that more than 70 houses in the village in Guizhou province were destroyed.

It also said, quoting officials, that 22 people were injured and had been transferred to hospitals for treatment.

The landslide was believed to have been caused by a breach from a small reservoir, state broadcaster CCTV said.