A 10-meter wide, 7-meter deep sinkhole has formed on farmland in the district of Karapınar, in Turkey's central Anatolian province of Konya. This is at least the thirteenth sinkhole to form in two years, and the tenth since the spring.

The sinkhole formed in Karapınar's Kirkitoğlu region, about 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the town center and about 500 meters from the nearest residence.

Farmer Atilla Köken said the sinkhole probably formed a few days ago. "Several sinkholes have already formed in the area before. This one is 10 meters across and 7 meters deep. Even if we're anxious about them there is nothing to do; we've grown accustomed to living here.

The Kirkitoğlu region of Karapınar has several old sinkholes, some reaching even 70 meters (230 feet) in depth. The increase in rainfall during the spring accelerates their formation, with locals claiming that nine sinkholes had formed this past spring alone.

Selçuk University Geological Engineering professor Fetullah Arık said that over 200 sinkholes have been identified in the area so far.