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45-foot deep sinkhole closes US 24 north of Leadville, Colorado

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A 45-foot hole under the highway between Red Cliff and Leadville will keep US 24 closed indefinitely.
A 45-foot hole under the highway between Red Cliff and Leadville will keep road closed indefinitely

Leadville - A 20-by-30-foot round sinkhole that is at least 45 feet deep is keeping U.S. Highway 24 north of Leadville closed indefinitely.

Forty-five feet is as deep as Colorado Department of Transportation crews could measure Monday afternoon before engineers and geologists arrived, said Ashley Mohr, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

After about 45 feet deep, the hole starts to curl back under the highway, sort of like an asphalt-eating serpent. They're not entirely certain how far it curls under the highway, Mohr said, they're just certain that it does.

The hole puts the highway, and motorists, in danger. CDOT closed the highway Monday afternoon to traffic in both directions.

It'll stay closed until they can figure out what happened and how they might fix it.

Comment: It might be 'your' second sinkhole in recent years, but in the meantime Sott.net has received hundreds of sinkhole reports from all over the globe. Search 'intitle: sinkhole'...

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Sinkhole nearly swallows car on Manchester, New Hampshire street

Manchester, N.H. - Manchester police said a sinkhole has shut down a section of Langdon Street between Elm Street and Canal Street.

Police said the sinkhole opened up late Sunday night, nearly swallowing a car that was parked nearby. They said the sinkhole was caused by a water leak.

Crews were able to fix the leak early Monday morning, but they are still working to repair the road. Officials said Langdon Street will be shut down all day Monday.

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Sinkholes become an item of study

In the wake of frequent sinkholes occurring around the globe and recently in Thailand, the Civil Technology Education Faculty of King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi is studying the phenomena via simulation and a numerical technique.

Sinkholes are also the subject of an undergraduate thesis by seniors Jakkraphong Sirichairawan and Khatiphong Ornchai, who said the causes were underground erosion and the collapse of soil layers, excessive use of groundwater, and riverside or coastal erosion, which were expanding.

The objective of the thesis is to find out how large sinkholes might affect the shallow foundations of average houses.

Working on a miniature simulation, Khatiphong built a model on a scale of 1:22, with a sinkhole of 2.42 metres in diameter shrinking to 11 centimetres.

He said this simulation found that the sinkholes' depth would not drastically weaken the entire structure, while its width would directly affect the strength of shallow foundations.


Giant 30m Chinese sinkhole opens up on road and swallows car

Police had to launch a desperate late-night rescue operation in China after a section of highway collapsed into a giant sinkhole, trapping a car and killing at least one passenger.

The cavernous hole appeared along a busy stretch of Xiangjiang Road in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, central China, early this morning. The 30m-square pit swallowed a passing car, and at least one person died at the scene before emergency services could haul anyone to safety.

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Cavernous: Police and emergency services have sealed off the section of road in Hunan Province, China, which swallowed a car this morning after collapsing in the early hours.
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Rescue: A passer-by assesses the giant sinkhole after police had attempted to pull out the car and its passengers early this morning.

Bizarro Earth

Floods, Fires, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Sinkholes and more in the months of May and June 2012

May 2012

Storms, Wind and Rain, Flood and Drought
India Ferry Capsizes Due to Heavy Rain and Winds; 103 Dead, 100 Missing

Wettest April in 100 years - Sodden Britain braces for more floods

Flash floods kill 27 in Afghanistan- scores missing

Huge Dust Storm Swallows Iowa College Campus

Britain to see month's rain in one night as severe weather warnings issued

Widespread floods in Kenya kill 15 as 50,000 left homeless

At least 30 killed following flash flood in Takhar province, Afghanistan

More deadly floods strike north Afghanistan, 10,000 left homeless

Violent rainstorm wreaks havoc in North-Eastern France

Hurricane Season Comes Early This Year

Freak storm lashes Cannes film festival, soaking stars

Hurricane Bud could bring life-threatening conditions to Mexico

Hurricane Bud heading for area near Puerto Vallarta

North Korean Farmers Cite Grave Drought; Aid Unlikely

Montreal Floods: Heavy Rain Causes Power Failures, Shut Down Parts Of Metro
Abnormal Cold or Heat
Rare April Freezing Rain in Brazil

Forget The Floods And Get Ready To Shiver

Frost kills early blooms in Ontario, apple crop losses to top $100M

Farmers worry that May snow and freezing temperatures could bring crop failures to Britain

Scotland colder than the ARCTIC as country hit by snow and freezing weather

Hot Enough for You? Warmest May to April Ever for U.S

Britain's Coldest May in 300 Years

Unusual cold weather wiped out two of Morocco's primary crop exports

Northeast Ohio wine grapes destroyed by hard freeze

The Ice Age Cometh! Heavy snow surprises Bosnians after a hot weekend in mid May

First Time in 50 Years - Snow Hits Bosnian Capital

Snow and unusual weather in the UK Midlands

'Scientific experts' confounded by increasing snow cover on Mount Kilimanjaro

Late-season storm could bring summer snow to Sierra, California

Perth's Coldest May Night in 98 Years
Family's terror as their Florida house is nearly engulfed by 100ft wide sinkhole

Sinkhole in Arkansas parking lot swallows SUV

Update: Massive Florida Sinkhole Expanding

Three sinkholes open up in Prince William County, Virginia

Huge sinkhole opens in Montreal after student protest

Massive Sinkhole Forms Near Central City, Colorado

Anoka County, Minneapolis sinkhole is growing
Hail, Tornadoes and Typhoons
Deadly tornado rips through eastern Japan

More Weird Weather: Supercell brings tornado to England

Twin Waterspouts Caught on Camera

40 Die in Chinese Hailstorm

Freak storm brings never seen before hail to Philippines, homes destroyed

Hailstorm rips through Cuttack, India, Capital hit too

Tornado Hits Weimar, Texas

Tornado damages 15 homes in North Port, Florida

Tornado Confirmed on Ground near Wausau, Wisconsin

Tornadoes strafe Kansas, damaging homes; 1 hurt

Tornadoes cause heavy property damage near Montreal
USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.7 - Michoacan, Mexico

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Offshore Chiapas, Mexico

Cascadia tension: earthquake swarm continues off the coast of Vancouver

Azerbaijan hit with strongest earthquake in 4 years- swarm of tremors follow

Civil Defense of Peru issues earthquake warnings after two days of abnormal tremor activity

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Israel and Palestine

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northeast India

Moderate earthquake hits Tajikistan: USGS

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - Tarapaca, Chile

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Papua New Guinea

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - Off The Coast of Aisen, Chile

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Northern Italy

Update: Powerful quake kills at least 3 in northern Italy

In pictures: Italy earthquake

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Off The East Coast of Honshu, Japan

M6.2 quake and several above M5.0 hit off Northeast Japan in last day

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.6 - Bulgaria

Japan Quake Aftershock Tally Exceeds 5,000

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.1 (Magnitude Changed to 6.0) - Hokkaido, Japan

Magnitude 5.8 Bulgarian Earthquake Followed By 80 Aftershocks, Worst in Region Since 1917

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - Norwegian Sea

Earthquake Magnitude 4.8 shakes nervous Christchurch, sending shoppers fleeing into the streets

5.6 earthquake which jolted Bulgaria was strongest since 1858, and the aftershocks continue

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Bonin Islands, Japan Region

Fourth earthquake rocks East Texas

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.7 - Santiago Del Estero, Argentina

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.8 - Northern Italy (aftershocks included)

Update: Italy Hit by 2nd Deadly Quake in Days; Death Toll at 16
Mass Animal Deaths
32 Dead Porpoises Worry Wildlife Experts

Fish Pond in Shenzhen Ravaged Overnight

Peru pelican and dolphin deaths prompt warning to stay off beaches

Mysterious fish kill under investigation in Kuwait

Mystery Surrounds Dead Pelicans Found Along Indian River

Peru Says 5,000 Birds, Nearly 900 Dolphins Dead

2,300 Birds Found Dead Along Chilean Beaches

Mass Bird Deaths: Mystery Linked To El Nino

Pacific Mystery: What's Killing the Dolphins and the Pelicans?

Bee Kills and Genetic Engineering in the Corn Belt

Dead Fish Pile up on Mula-Mutha Banks

Dolphin Deaths in Peru: The Mystery Deepens

60,000 to 100,000 dead fish wash up eastern shores of U.S. near Chesapeake Bay

Black Sea Ecologists Alarmed By Dolphin Deaths

Hundreds of Endangered Antelopes Dying in Kazakhstan

Thousands of Shellfish Found Dead in Peru
Mount Asphyxia Volcano Erupts - South Sandwich Islands

Popocatepetl Volcano Threatens Millions with Gas and Ash, Mexico on High Alert

Increased Volcanic Activity at Mt. Baekdu

Pagan Island Volcano Erupts in Mariana Islands

Icelandic volcano warming up for eruption: Small glacier flood continues at Katla

Mexico Volcano Spews Huge Ash Cloud, Frightens Villagers

Growing fears that huge North Korean volcano will soon erupt

Blasts Continue to Menace People Near Popocatepetl Volcano

Dramatic eruption seen at Sakurajima volcano in Japan

Guatemala Fuego Volcano Spits Lava and Ash

Is an eruption at Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano imminent?

Residents evacuated near Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano after gas emission

Growing unrest: preventive alert declared for three Costa Rican volcanoes

500 evacuated from vicinity of Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano
Three Forest Fires Burn Out of Control in Alberta; Fire Ban in Effect

Clouds of Smoke, Ash from Forest Fire Lead to State of Emergency in Timmins

Wildfires Hit Six U.S. States, Small Towns Evacuated
Mysterious smell detected in Tel Aviv, Israel

Mystery smell in Tel Aviv: Source still unknown

Source of Vibrating Houses Traced to Methane Gas From Landfill

Mysterious Noises, Vibrations Reported in Austin

Mystery Earthquake Near McCall Puzzles Scientists, Technicians

Purple Skies

'Roll Clouds' Filmed in Texas, Montana 29-30 May

Greenland Glaciers Are Speeding Up

Bering Sea Sees Surprising Record Ice Cover

Destabilization: Scientists discover new unstable region the size of New Jersey under Antarctica Ice Sheet

Researchers find New Zealand more seismically unstable than previously thought

Japan's Mt. Fuji a Ticking Time-bomb? Scientists Find 30 km Long Active Fault

Sumatra Volcanoes May Pack Deadly Punch

In less than 24 hours, Lake Cachet II in Chile's southern Patagonia vanished
'Climate Change'
Rise and Fall of Underwater Volcano Revealed

Last Ice Age took just SIX months to arrive

Global Cooling on the Way? Lake Sediment Proves Sun Cooled Earth 2,800 Years Ago and Could Happen Again Soon!

Japan tornado: Temperature differences spawned supercell storm

Belief That CO2 Can Regulate Climate Is 'Sheer Absurdity' Says Prominent German Meteorologist

Canadian Journalist exposes UN IPCC 'leading scientists' to be ideologically compatible grad students

US Offense Secretary Panetta: Climate change a national security threat

Global Warming Propaganda Alert! NASA Scientist James Hanson Says Civilization Will Be At Risk if Canada Exploits Oil Sands

Climate Change Nonsense: Dinosaur flatulence may have led to global warming

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11 families flee 50-foot sinkhole in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

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After a massive sink hole opened up on 92nd St. in Bay Ridge, crews set to work repaving the collapsed pavement.
New York - Eleven families were evacuated from a Bay Ridge apartment building after a sinkhole opened up on the sidewalk in front of a 92nd St. building on Thursday, according to authorities.

The residents were evacuated as a precaution, authorities said. The sinkhole developed in the afternoon on the west side of the sidewalk on 92nd Street near Third Avenue.

"It's deep. It goes down about 50 feet," said Capt. Richard DiBlasio, commanding officer of the 68th Precinct.

Adding to the concern was the fact that the sinkhole was located next to a sewer underground, according to DiBlasio.

"It's hitting a sewer," he said.

The block of 92nd Street between Third Avenue and Ridge Boulevard was closed to vehicular traffic as emergency crews from the city's Department of Environmental Protection inspected the sinkhole. The area around the sinkhole was roped off with yellow tape to prevent pedestrians from getting too close.

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Sinkhole threatens Florida town's courthouse


Emergency officials in Live Oak, Fla., load boxes of records from the sinkhole-threatened Suwannee County Courthouse Thursday.
Live Oak, Florida - Flood water runoff from Tropical Storm Debby has created what appears to be a giant sinkhole that threatens to badly damage the county courthouse and adjacent businesses in this north Florida town.

Officials said Thursday the hole is not yet visible from above ground, but depressions in a street that runs by the courthouse, and cracks in the business buildings and a nearby parking area are evidence of its presence.

"There appears to be a sinkhole," said Bob Farley, the town's administrator.

The courthouse, which is without power, was ordered closed, and public records and other valuables were removed in boxes loaded onto National Guard trucks in the event of a sinkhole collapse.

The Big Wheel Market Place and the Robinson building next to the courthouse both had large wall cracks and were leaning toward each other into the depressed ground.

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Sinkhole surprise in Costa Rica: Giant sinkhole opens up on busy highway

What is causing the Earth's surface to open up all over the world? Another sinkhole appears, this time in San José, Costa Rica
The torrent of storms brought on by the start of the rainy season exposed another weakness in Costa Rica's oft-maligned highway infrastructure.

A giant sinkhole opened up Tuesday night at one of the main arteries in and out of the capital. The ensuing tumult on General Cañas Highway - traversed by 100,000 vehicles per day - resulted in hours of delays, hurt local businesses and caused tourists to miss flights out of the country.

Heading into the weekend, the Costa Rican government enacted a contingency plan for the highway that connects San José to the northwestern province of Alajuela and the country's main airport. Bailey bridges, detours and increased train hours will assist highway commuters. However, the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) stated the sinkhole and the damaged sewer system below the road will take at least three weeks to fix.

The chasm - 3.5 meters wide and 4 meters deep - is in front of Plaza Los Arcos in Ciudad Cariari, northwest of San José, and several minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport. A tree trunk clogged the sewer system below the highway, and heavy rains caused a buildup of water and the eventual collapse in the road. The highway closure begins at Juan Pablo II Bridge in La Uruca, a northwestern district of the capital.

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Sinkhole Opens Up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

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Eleven families were evacuated from their homes on 92nd Street but have since allowed to return home

Eleven families were evacuated from their homes in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Thursday evening when a 60-foot sinkhole opened up in front of their buildings, officials said.

They have since been allowed to return to their homes on the 200 block of 92nd Street.

Crews are continuing repairs at the site of the sinkhole.


Mysterious Bubbles in Bayou Corne, Louisiana coincide with homes subsiding and shaking

Mysterious Bubbles
Assumption Parish, LA - Mysterious bubbles are rising up out of an Assumption Parish bayou. Officials are trying to figure what's causing them.

Take a ride down Bayou Corne, and there are bubbles of all sizes along the waterway.

"We have reported on May 30th a pipeline leak, which started us coming out and investigating a bubbling in Bayou Corne," said Assumption Parish Homeland Security Director John Boudreaux.

Since then though, pipeline officials have not ruled that out just yet, but said it's unlikely. So now, investigators are going through the process of elimination.

By coincidence, since the bubbling began, many in Assumption Parish are worried

"Our houses shifting and cracks in our sheet rock and our foundation," said Jason Hugh.

"My home moved, and my home shook. My home moved, and I'm on cement," said Debra Charlet.

Officials don't know yet whether the two are related. Boudreaux has taken samples of the bubbles and sent them off for testing. Those samples are expected back in the next couple of weeks.

Officials are monitoring the bubbles twice a day. As for now, no evacuations have been issued and the waterways remain open.

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