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Canada: ATV Plunge into Sinkhole Kills Researcher

Suzanne Abele
© University of Alberta
University of Alberta researcher Suzanne Abele was leading a group of students when her ATV dropped into a sinkhole on a forestry road.
A researcher from the University of Alberta died Thursday when her all-terrain vehicle plunged into a sinkhole on a remote forestry road 60 kilometres southwest of Manning, Alta.

Suzanne Elizabeth Abele, 27, died at the scene. RCMP said she was leading a group of four undergraduate students when she drove into the sinkhole, which was three metres deep and five metres wide.

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US: Detroit - Woman Tells Story Of Being Nearly Swallowed By Sinkhole

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Amber Flemings said it only took an instant for panic mode to set in when she realized the SUV she, her mother and her 2-year-old niece were in was being swallowed by a giant sinkhole on Detroit's east side.

Flemings, her 62-year-old mother and 2-year-old niece were on their way home from a dentist appointment on Thursday afternoon when they cautiously began approaching a pool of water along Beaubien and Smith streets.

"The next thing we know, the car just pitched forward and it just started sinking. Water started coming in and the baby just started freaking out," Flemings said.

People nearby pulled the trio to safety.

Flemings said she's grateful the situation was only an inconvenience and nothing more serious. She starts her third year of college this week and has been left without some of her things that were in the SUV.

"I'm actually in the process of moving back into the dorms. So, some of my stuff was in the trunk. So, now we have to deal with the stuff that we lost," she said. "We also have to deal with the fact that now I don't have any transportation to get me to school. Not to mention my mom, who is handicapped, she doesn't have any transportation."


US, California: Exclusive look at deadly sinkhole in Bakersfield

Photos from an oil field near Taft give a first look at the area where a sinkhole opened up, killing a Chevron worker. State officials have banned steam injection at problem areas near two wells, and they say more steam and fluids are reaching the surface.

Eyewitness News obtained photos from the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. The images from DOGGR show a hilly area of the large Midway Sunset Field. It's the place where Robert David Taylor, 54, was killed June 21 when he fell into a sinkhole.

The photos show what looks like steam coming from the side of a hill, and a large darkened area. That indicates the area affected by eruptions of water, steam, rocks and mud, DOGGR spokesman Don Drysdale explained by e-mail. Three photos are from the Chevron lease near Well 20.

That's where a "surface expression" had shown up, and that's what state investigators are worried about. According to DOGGR documents obtained by Eyewitness News, surface expressions have continued to turn up in this area, and they continued to develop.

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Canada, Ontario: Sinkhole opens on Bronson near Carleton University

Just in time for the Thursday evening commute, a sink hole on Bronson Avenue near Sunnyside Avenue narrowed the busy southbound artery to just one lane while city crews started repairs.

The sink hole was between Bronson Avenue and Brewer Way. There was no estimated repair time.

Power failures and downed wires were reported earlier Thursday afternoon as a small but strong storm cell made its way from west to east across Ottawa.

Environment Canada's website listed a severe thunderstorm watch for the Ottawa region as of 1:32 p.m., with the possibility of large hail and damaging winds. The small, intense storm was already making its way through Nepean at the time.

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US, Michigan: 3 People Escape Massive Sinkhole

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Detroit Police have blocked off an area on the city's east side because of a massive sinkhole. Officials said a woman was driving down Beaubien at Smith when her SUV fell into the hole.

Detroit Water Department crews were on the scene, Thursday evening, on Beaubien just north of East Grand Blvd. near I-75.

"The front half of this SUV is inside, resting inside, this huge water sinkhole about five feet wide," reported WWJ Newsradio 950′s Stephanie Davis.

Witnesses said two women and a young child were rescued from the vehicle. "I talked to one of the young men who helped the people out of the car. He said he's just glad he was there," said Davis.

All three people escaped without injuries. There was no immediate word on how long repairs will take.

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US, Maryland: Water Main Break Creates Sinkhole

WSSC crews finished repairing a 30-inch water main break in Upper Marlboro, Md., that created a massive sinkhole in the 6900 block of South Osbourne Way between Brentwood Road and Carroll Way.

Crews are still working on the roadway, the Associated Press reported.

The pipe broke about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Some residents experienced low water pressure. WSSC 's emergency outreach group delivered water to affected households.

Workers pumped water out of the hole to work on the pipe.

The sinkhole measured 6 feet deep and 15 feet wide, the AP reported. A car had to be towed from the scene after falling in the hole.

No word on how the break occurred or how many residents were affected.

Source: The Associated Press

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US, New York: Crews Investigate Sinkhole On Upper West Side

People are stopping, staring and taking pictures of a massive sinkhole that opened in the middle of 82nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, but frustrated residents are asking what city officials intend to do to prevent future collapses.

"It's a recurring thing that happens every year," resident Kirk Williamson told CBS 2′s Elise Finch.

Williamson's window faces the hole that he says he first noticed on Friday. Since then, it has extended to 10 feet in circumference and 20 feet deep.

Just a few yards away is what's left of smaller sinkhole that formed last year and the hole left from a water main break just two weeks ago.

"There's a lot of work going on in here and it's taxpayer-paid for. If they don't really find a solution it will keep happening," Williamson said.

"There's been no one here investigating it. So that's a little bit troubling. This is a very family-oriented block," said resident Rochelle Hestnas.

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Canada, British Columbia: Downtown Vancouver Sinkhole a Mystery to City Staff

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Traffic was disrupted as crews repaired a large hole at Seymour and Robson streets in downtown Vancouver.
The City of Vancouver says it has no explanation for a large hole which developed early Friday at the busy intersection of Seymour and Robson Streets.

"We don't know what caused it," said city spokeswoman Wendy Stewart. "The ground was dry. There was no water and no suggestion it was from a broken pipe."

She said dry, summer weather is not the type of conditions in which sinkholes usually form.

"Sometimes dirt will erode and a pothole will be created," she said. "Sinkholes are more common when winter turns to spring and water comes down from the hills."


US, Massachusetts: Sinkhole Found in Boston's I-90 Tunnel

© The Associated Press / Michael Dwyer
Mass DOT officials say the problem is in the same connector tunnel where Milena Del Valle was killed in 2006 when a three-ton slab of concrete fell on top of her car.
But officials say road safe

A massive "sinkhole" at least 4 feet deep and up to 190 feet long has created a "void" under the Interstate 90 connector tunnel in the problem-plagued Big Dig, adding to a growing list of engineering failures that include a deadly ceiling collapse, dangerously unstable light fixtures and lethal railings, state transportation officials revealed yesterday.

Transportation officials insist there is no risk of a new catastrophic collapse in the tunnel - the same one where Milena Del Valle was killed by a 3-ton slab of concrete five years ago - but some critics said they aren't convinced.

"You hear this and think, 'What's coming next?' " asked Rep. Peter Durant (R-Spencer), a Transportation Committee member calling for a probe of the latest Big Dig fiasco. "This is just another in a long line of problems for this project."

The gap 9 feet under the tunnel's roadway, filled with water and resembling a subterranean pond, was caused by an unexpected degree of settling of the clay soil around the tunnel as a result of a pioneering technique called "ground freezing" while contractors dug under the train tracks serving South Station.

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US, New York: Sinkhole on Elm Street Got 'Bigger and Bigger'

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Observer-Dispatch A reader contacted Public Eye regarding a "sink hole" in the street, around 1114 Elm St., in Utica. The hole has since been filled by the city, but its cause still remains unknown.
Utica resident Ralph Stevens wrote to Public Eye regarding a large sinkhole on Elm Street near his home.

"I keep watching this thing grow bigger and bigger," Stevens said.

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The hole, near 1114 Elm St., was between 1- and 1½-feet deep and several inches wide. Trash collected in it and it looked as though the asphalt was crumbling.

Stevens said he noticed the hole about five weeks ago.