Horse rescued from sinkhole in Washington County, Pennsylvania


Crews in Washington County rescued a horse from a sinkhole on a Scenery Hill farm Friday morning. The retired racehorse, named Chautauqua Worms, was uninjured except for a few cuts, rescuers said.
The Washington County Animal Response Team rescued a horse Friday morning from a 6-foot sinkhole at a Scenery Hill farm.

Responders lifted the 1,000-pound horse, named Chautauqua Worms, from the hole with an A-frame hoist borrowed from the county, said Ed Childers, a firefighter at the North Strabane fire department, which runs the rescue team known as CART.

The response team arrived at the Amos Road property about 6 a.m., pulling the horse from the pit at 9:30 a.m., Childers said.

"All in all, everything went pretty well," Childers said. "No injuries, no damaged equipment."

Neighbors identified the horse as belonging to horse farm owner Lisa Beinhauer. She could not be reached for comment.

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Beach closed after large sinkhole appears in Exmouth, UK


The sinkhole
A 15ft deep hole opened up on a popular Devon beach on Thursday.

A large part of the beach in Exmouth has been closed to the public over fears of further sinkholes appearing in the sane.

One beach-goer reported the discovery to the coastguard near Orcombe Point.

Specialist teams secured the area and on arrival found a hole approximately 15ft wide and the same distance down had appeared and was filled with water.

The surrounding sand was also soft, with fresh holes starting to appear nearby.

East Devon District Council said a 100m squared cordon has now been put in place after concern was raised that the hole may be indicative of a much larger chamber underneath.


Solar system-wide 'climate change': Rosetta spacecraft sees sinkholes on comet

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This close-up image shows the most active pit, known as Seth_01, observed on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the Rosetta spacecraft. A new study suggests that this pit and others like it could be sinkholes, formed by a surface collapse process similar to the way these features form on Earth.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft first began orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014. Almost immediately, scientists began to wonder about several surprisingly deep, almost perfectly circular pits on the comet's surface. Now, a new study based on close-up imagery taken by Rosetta suggests that these pits are sinkholes, formed when ices beneath the comet's surface sublimate, or turn directly to gas.

The study, which appears in the July 2, 2015 issue of the journal Nature, reveals that the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is variable and dynamic, undergoing rapid structural changes as it approaches the sun. Far from simple balls of ice and dust, comets have their own life cycles. The latest findings are among the first to show, in detail, how comets change over time.

"These strange, circular pits are just as deep as they are wide. Rosetta can peer right into them," said Dennis Bodewits, an assistant research scientist in astronomy at the University of Maryland who is a co-author on the study. The pits are large, ranging from tens of meters in diameter up to several hundred meters across.

"We propose that they are sinkholes, formed by a surface collapse process very similar to the way sinkholes form here on Earth," Bodewits added. Sinkholes occur on Earth when subsurface erosion removes a large amount of material beneath the surface, creating a cavern. Eventually the ceiling of the cavern will collapse under its own weight, leaving a sinkhole behind. "So we already have a library of information to help us understand how this process works, which allows us to use these pits to study what lies under the comet's surface," Bodewits said.

Comment: The Rosetta mission scientists have already admitted, based on new information, that what they "have discovered is already starting to transform our understanding of Rosetta's target comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (C-G for short), and cometary science."

Wheres the ice 3 surprising comet facts we've already learned from Rosetta

Perhaps if they considered the electrical nature of comets, as Wallace Thornhill states in this video, these sinkholes and other phenomena, such as the "increasingly stormy" conditions on Uranus, increased volcanic activity on Jupiters moon Io, scientists have been puzzled by the wobble of Saturn's moon Mimas and a major increase in asteroid activity has seen MIT astronomers upgrade the solar system from stable to dynamic would seem to indicate solar system-wide 'climate change'.

For more information read: Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection

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Huge sinkhole closes Runnymede Road in Toronto

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A giant sinkhole opened up on Monday afternoon in the Junction, closing Runnymede Rd.
Toronto Police have closed Runnymede Rd. in the west end from St. John's Rd. to Annette St. indefinitely due to a giant sinkhole.

TTC has rerouted the 71 Runnymede and 79 Scarlett Rd both ways via Annette St., Jane St. and Dundas St.

Sinkholes are caused when leaking pipes or water mains wash away soil or rock deep beneath the road's surface - not to be confused with potholes, which are caused by surface damage.

In Toronto, most sinkholes are caused by man-made failures, like leaky pipes.

In 2006, a 10-metre-wide sinkhole on Sheppard Ave. W. cost the city close to $1 million to repair. It's estimated that Toronto experiences about 20 to 50 sinkholes a year.

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Homeowners in SE Houston find massive sinkhole in yard


Sinkhole in southeast Houston
Talk about a sinking feeling! Homeowners in southeast Houston are terrified after finding a huge sinkhole in their back yard.

It's 20 feet deep and 30 feet wide and no one knew the sinkhole was here until a couple of days ago.

Homeowner Dianne Walker noticed it while her brother was doing yard work.

"He said, 'Come here. There's a hole over here,'" said Walker. "I said, 'OK', no, there is a big whole over there."

The hole is already eroding away the fence line, causing a power pole to lean and even more troubling for Walker, the corner of her shed is now hanging over the hole.

"So at any time, it could collapse and that didn't just happen," she said.

Walker says she called Houston Public Works on Thursday about the sinkhole. She says so far, only inspectors have come, but no workers.

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Residents nervous from sudden appearance of sinkholes in Port Richey, Florida neighborhood

WTSP has confirmed that the Neva Lane sinkhole situation involves one confirmed sinkhole and two depressions at the residence
Renee Phillips is packing up and leaving her home on Friday night. Reason? Two possible sinkholes. One in the backyard. One in the front.

Her elderly mother is dragging her suitcase out, too, her vacation visit to see her daughter becoming frightening.

Pasco County Fire Rescue officials say the ground under the house two doors down on Neva Lane in the Gulf Highlands subdivision may be the culprit.

"For the last few couple of days, crews were already working on filling a confirmed sinkhole on the property two doors down when a depression opened up under a foundation wall," said Fire Rescue Personnel Chief Andrew Fossa.


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Huge sinkhole opens up in Williamson County, Illinois


Sinkhole in Williamson County
A Spillertown couple woke up to a terrifying sight just outside their house when a sinkhole opened up just feet from their door.

The hole seems to have stopped growing but officials say it's 40 feet in diameter and they're unsure how deep it goes.

James Swann says Saturday you couldn't see the water through all the trees lining this pond. By Tuesday, those trees had vanished into a 40-foot wide sink hole.

"There was several trees but they'd just disappear. It was interesting," Swann described the scene. "Just straight down and gone."

Bob Gibson with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources doesn't know much about the sinkhole, except, it sits over an old coal mine.

"Other than it's a pit subsidence, that's really all I know," Gibson said. "It's roughly 40 feet in diameter and we're gonna gauge how deep below ground water it is right now. If you look at it, it's something like 20 feet from the ground surface to water level and then below water level I don't know yet, we're gonna probe that a little bit later."

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Huge sinkhole opens up on golf course in Lenexa, Kansas


Sinkhole opens on Lenexa golf course
A big sinkhole has opened up on a Lenexa golf course.

The sinkhole is on the left side of the fairway on the 13th hole at Canyon Farms Golf Course. Despite the change in the landscape, the course and the hole itself remain open.

"I believe it's par 4," said golfer Jerry Nelson. "But they have set the tee box way up front about 120 yards out."

Shortening the hole takes the sinkhole out of play.

A statement from the owners said a portion of the course is built over a nonoperating limestone mine. The statement said the majority of the mine is considered stable, according to various geotechnical studies.

Nelson and his partner said they took a good look at the sinkhole as they played the course.

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Sinkholes collapse roads in Susquehanna Valley, Pennsylvania


Weather may be to blame for two sinkholes that collapsed Susquehanna Valley roads over the weekend and a partial house collapse.
York County

A big sinkhole has shut down part of a road in Carroll Township.

It opened along South Fileys Road at Big Oak Road.

The sinkhole is about 10 yards long and 5 yards wide.

There is no word on when repairs could be made.

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Sinkhole forces residents to evacuate in Illawong, Australia


The sinkhole in Illawong that opened up about 4pm on Monday.
More than a dozen people have fled their homes at Illawong in Sydney's south after a sinkhole swallowed a backyard on Monday afternoon.

The three-metre deep hole opened up about 4pm, forcing police and firefighters to evacuate a row of townhouses on Osprey Drive.

One man was asleep on his couch when he heard a loud crack in his garden outside, the man's friend, Hisham Bashir said.

"He looked outside and the tree had collapsed and the ground started to sink
," Mr Bashir said.

"Dirt had sprayed up all over his backyard and on the trampoline. There was dirt all over the windows.

"It's pretty scary, but these things happen," he said.