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20-foot sinkhole closes intersection in Phoenix, Arizona

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A sinkhole has closed the intersection of 59th Avenue and Indian School Road in west Phoenix.

Emergency crews responded to the scene Monday morning.


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Elvis has left the sinkhole: 20 foot deep sinkhole opens up and swallows miniature horse named Elvis in Garrard County, Kentucky

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A miniature horse who was missing for 10 days is back in his stable tonight.

Elvis, a family favorite, was found 20 feet down a sinkhole on his owner's property in Garrard County.

"And we brought him back from the dead. He's alive, healthy and doing great," said Robin Snowden, the property owner.

The Snowdens thought Elvis had run away, or was lost in the woods.

They had no idea he was still on the property until a worker noticed a large sinkhole, with Elvis at the bottom.

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U.S. Senators trying to muzzle climate change skeptics

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Nineteen U.S. senators are working to destroy free speech and silence dissent, defying the Constitution they swore to defend and uphold. Senators Harry Reid, Tim Kaine, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and fifteen other Democrats took to the Senate floor last month to demonize their 'enemies list' of fossil fuel companies, think tanks and journalists for having the temerity to disagree with their views. They are also proposing a Congressional Resolution to formally disapprove of the actions of those who disagree with them.

Climate change happens to be the subject of their action, but the topic is irrelevant.

As President Harry Truman, himself a Democrat, said, "Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."

That path of repressive measures has already been blazed. Seventeen attorneys general representing fifteen states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands formed "AGs United for Clean Power" and are threatening legal action and huge fines against anyone who declines to believe in a scientific theory which remains in dispute among respected scientists.

The Daily Signal reports, "This comes on top of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitting that the Justice Department is discussing the possibility of pursing civil actions against climate change deniers, and that she has already referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which federal law enforcement could take action."

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Couple in China swallowed by giant sinkhole found alive

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The pair were stood talking by a van when the giant chasm appeared.
Witnesses offered assistance to the man and woman who suddenly dropped into the ground when the huge chasm opened up

The terrifying moment a couple were sucked into a giant sinkhole has been caught on camera.

Dramatic CCTV footage captured the moment a man and a woman fell into the gaping chasm as they stood in a car park.

The pair were reportedly discussing business matters next a silver van and could do nothing as they suddenly dropped into the ground when the sinkhole opened up and swallowed them.

The incident reportedly occurred in the township of Yonghe, which is in Anyang County of Central China's Henan Province, and was witnessed by several nearby residents.

The victims were talking outside the local Yonghe clinic when they fell into the ground and were amazingly found alive at the bottom pit.


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Truck falls into sinkhole in Sandwich, Massachusetts

A sinkhole opened up in a Sandwich parking lot Friday morning, trapping a catch-basin cleaning truck.

The pavement gave way in the parking lot of Horizons on Cape Cod Bay near Town Neck Beach around mid-morning.

Reports from the scene indicate the truck was working in the lot when the rear wheels began to sink.

There were no injuries. Crews were on scene late in the morning working to remove the truck and fix the sinkhole.

The parking lot and nearby road remained open. The cause of the sinkhole was not immediately known.

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Massive 35-yard long sinkhole opens in Martins Ferry, Ohio

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A massive sinkhole, 35 yards long, has opened up in Martins Ferry.

One house on North 8th Street is cracking and tilting, and the resident is being urged to move out. Others could be affected, if nearby water lines rupture. Right now the Salvation Army Disaster Relief is there to provide cold drinks and snacks for the workers who have been on the job since early this morning. Martins Ferry Mayor Robert Krajnyak says it's a potential disaster.

"If it goes and pulls those mains with it, we lose 12-inch mains, the north end of town's going to be out of water from that point, all the way up, and it's got the possibility of washing some of these hillsides out and pulling some of these houses down with it, if that would all slip. We've got AEP in because of the tension that the poles have moved a little bit and put on power lines and stuff so it's a hazardous situation right now," said Mayor Krajnyak.

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Large sinkhole swallows van in Zhengzhou, China

A sinkhole opened up on a road in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Thursday evening, swallowing a van in the process.

No casualties were reported and the van has been lifted out of the sinkhole, which was about two metres deep and six metres in diameter, China News Service reported.

The sinkhole came just one day after an even larger one swallowed a section of road and passersby in the city on Wednesday. One person remains missing from the incident.

Initial investigations suggest that Wednesday's sinkhole may have been the result of underground water pipes crumbling due to recent heavy rain.

Multiple similar incidents have been reported in the city, raising questions over the quality of road construction.

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Sinkhole opens up on farmland in Kybybolite, South Australia


Local Max Schinckel inspects the sinkhole after driving over it in a tractor towing a spray unit.
Driving over a three metre wide and two metre deep sinkhole in a large tractor towing a spray unit is not an ideal situation, but that's the scenario local Max Schinckel found himself in yesterday.

The incident occurred on the property of Kybybolite farmer Andrew Shepherd, who said it was the first sinkhole he had come across on his farm.

"It opened up underneath the tractor and spray unit," Mr Shepherd explained.

"We were very lucky that the weight must have broken the ground, but hadn't actually dropped until the sprayer was basically all the way over it.

"The driver (Max) that was driving the tractor was thrown out of his seat and hit his head on the roof. He stopped to get out and have a look and he found the sinkhole.

"It's something I wasn't expecting, that's for sure."

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Large sinkhole swallows car in Albany, New York


Sinkhole swallows car in Albany
A car in Albany, N.Y., was swallowed by a large sinkhole that formed as a result of heavy rains and a water main break.

According to News10, the Albany Water Department reported a large water main break that swallowed a vehicle and left it resting on top of a main gas line.

Water Commissioner Joe Coffey told WNYT that the water from the broken pipes cleared out ground underneath the street, creating the sinkhole.

Crews worked to lift the red Ford Explorer, owned by an Albany Medical College student, from the hole using a crane.

Several roads were closed as a result of the incident and officials said the water main break could cause residents to experience lower water pressure.



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North Carolina man rescued after driving into huge sinkhole

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A Durham man and father of three said he thought he was going to die when he mistakenly drove into a massive weather-related sinkhole on Glenn Road in Durham on Sunday night.

Robert Belcher said he thought he saw water on the road and assumed it was a puddle. He slowed to cross it.

"It was not a puddle, but I didn't know until I was in it. My truck had already went down and it started flipping," Belcher said.

Authorities shut down a portion of Glenn Road between Club Boulevard and Bundy Avenue around 10 p.m. to steer traffic away from the large sinkhole, which stretches from one side of the road to the other and is estimated to be 10 to 15 feet deep.

Javier Rosales saw Belcher's crash. He was in the area because he had also hit the sinkhole. "When I tried to stop it was too late," Rosales said. "I bumped my tires and my axle flew out."