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Massive sinkhole opens up behind retirement home in Pinole, California

An enormous sinkhole has opened up on a street in Pinole and is threatening a large retirement community.

The wet weather has exacerbated a shifting soil condition behind the Bay Park Retirement Community on the 2600 block of Appian Way

"You could actually stand three people up in the hole," said Bay Park resident Sylvia Gott.

Gott has watched for weeks now as the sinkhole which has swallowed the access road behind the building has grown to about 50 feet wide.

"I'm very concerned about it," said Gott. "I'm glad they brought in the generator so quickly because we've been on generator power basically the whole time."

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Massive sinkhole leads to closing of part of Highway 25 in Lanaudière, Quebec

© Pascal Robidas
Sinkhole alongside Highway 25 in Lanaudière
A large hole - nine meters in diameter and seven meters deep - has opened up next to Highway 25 in the Lanaudière region.

Transport Quebec has closed the highway in both directions around exit 44 near Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, about 50 kilometres north of Montreal.

Drivers detoured onto side roads caused significant traffic congestion Thursday morning.

The southbound portion of the highway has been closed since the cave-in was discovered on Friday morning. The northbound section was closed late Thursday night, said Transport Quebec spokesperson Sarah Bensadoun.

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Horse rescued from 14-feet deep sinkhole in Kittitas County, Washington

© Lt. Crystal Campbell, Kittitas Co. Fire District #7
Kittitas County firefighters helped rescue a horse after it fell into a sinkhole Tuesday evening, April 11, 2017.
Firefighters from Kittitas County Fire District #7 helped rescue a horse after it fell into a 14-feet deep sinkhole Tuesday evening.

The owner found the animal stuck in the sinkhole on his property on Book Lane, about eight miles west of Cle Elum off I-90, and called for help.

Firefighters said the sinkhole was about five feet wide at the surface and about 10 to 12 feet wide underground.

They helped harness and lower a veterinarian into the sinkhole to check on the horse named Copper.

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Enormous sinkhole swallows bus and car in Chennai, India

B Gunaseelan, a bus driver with the Chennai Metropolitan Transport Corporation, sensed a flat tyre soon after he had stopped the bus at the Thousand Lights bus stop on Chennai's Mount Road on Sunday. He alerted the conductor and looked out of the window: it was not the tyre, the road was caving in.

Gunaseelan immediately asked all passengers to get off. "I still didn't know that the boring work of Chennai Metro Rail tunnel was under way. As we helped the passengers get off, the front part of the bus kept sinking into the crater," he said. As those on the bus disembarked, R Pradeep, a physician who was following the bus, drove into the crater.

On realising that the road was caving in, he tried to drive past the crater, but was trapped inside it with the doors of his car jammed. Pradeep escaped unhurt as people stepped in and brought him out of the car.

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Giant sinkhole swallows pug in northern Florida

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A 10-year-old pug named Cookie is safe and sound after falling into a giant sinkhole following a heavy rainstorm in north Florida.

Crews from multiple agencies worked five hours to lift her to safety Tuesday night near Gainesville.

The Gainesville Sun reports Cookie followed owner Patricia Langston to her barn on Tuesday evening. The dog stopped to scratch. As she took a step forward, the ground opened up and Cookie tumbled into the hole.


SOTT Earth Changes Summary - March 2017: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Planetary environmental chaos continued unabated this month. Several spectacular fireballs were seen from one end of the world to the other. Wildfires ravaged several mid-West states while unusually strong winds hit Illinois and New York. Madagascar got slammed by a ferocious storm as did Brazil, New Zealand and France.

Severe flooding hit several parts of the globe, but the worst affected was Peru where dozens of people died and hundreds of thousands have been left with no homes. With freak tidal waves from Iran to South Africa, strange 'gas' explosions in the UK and methane gas leaks in Russia, not to mention snow off the coast of Africa and lightning scoring direct strikes on cars, March was a pretty intense month for the planet and its inhabitants.

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80-foot long sinkhole ruptures roadway in Castro Valley, California

© Alameda County Public Works
An 80-foot-long sinkhole closed Redwood Road near Lake Chabot on Wednesday, March 29.
A massive road rupture estimated to be more than 80 feet long and more than five feet deep in some spots has closed Redwood Road in both directions near the Lake Chabot campgrounds, officials said Wednesday.

The roadway damage started along the road shoulder on Feb. 22 but continued to deteriorate. It was decided after consultations with engineers to close the road in both directions Wednesday, said John Medlock Jr., deputy director of the county public works Maintenance and Operations Department.

The damage is in the southbound lane and shoulder near mile marker 7.38. Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Medlock said there is no estimated time when the road will be repaired and reopened. "We want to get it reopened as soon as possible," he said.

Medlock said the Redwood Road damage is the most to any county road since 1996.


Large sinkhole nearly swallows truck in San Diego, California

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Emergency crews responded to a sinkhole Saturday morning in Otay Mesa West that was apparently caused by an underground water main break, according to police.

San Diego police officers were called to the 1300 block of Del Sol Lane shortly after 11 a.m., where a truck had fallen into a sinkhole, according to Sgt. Ray Battrick. But the driver was able to get his truck out of the hole and was not injured.

A fire hydrant nearby was also affected, shooting a large fountain of water into the air before city work crews responded and shut it off, Battrick said. Water was shut off in the area so crews could repair the water main.

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Deep sinkhole opens up on road in Nanning, China

A dramatic video has emerged from China of huge sinkhole opened on a road in Nanning, Guangxi Province.

The footage, shot on Friday, shows a two-metre-deep and three-metre-wide sinkhole which opened after a bus drove over the road.

According to local news, the road suddenly collapsed when the bus passed by and the rear wheels got trapped in the sinkhole.

The bus driver managed to drive out of the hole and no one injured.

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Large sinkhole opens up on highway in Walton County, Florida

© The Walton Sun
A sinkhole on a Walton County Highway has shut down part of a roadway in the Florida Panhandle county.

According to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, the sinkhole is at Walton County Highway 283 and 30A. It runs over 50 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 15 feet deep.

The road is currently closed at that location while work to repair the situation takes place.

Expect delay and plan accordingly. Use caution in the area as first responders are on scene at this time.

© Walton Co. Sheriff