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Sinkhole opens up in Belgium near infamous WWI battlefield

Sinkhole opens up in Belgium

Sinkhole opens up in Belgium
A large sinkhole opened up in a field in Belgium at the weekend, possibly the result underground tunnels dug more than 100 years ago during WWI.

The sinkhole, which measures five metres across, was found in a muddy field in Ypres, where three of the bloodiest battles of WWI were fought in 1914,1915 and 1917.

According to the filmer, networks of hidden tunnels and trenches still exist in this area and may have caused the ground to give way here, creating the sinkhole.


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Humongous sinkhole opens up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Massive sinkhole opens up on Taggert Street in Fishtown on January 19, 2018.
© Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice
Massive sinkhole opens up on Taggert Street in Fishtown on January 19, 2018.
Sinkholes have a weird way of upsetting a viewer's sense of order in the world.

You see a gigantic hole in the street and it makes you think you've survived some kind of earthquake. The reality is that infrastructure can fail for any number of reasons.

Around noon on Friday, neighbors on Fishtown's tiny Taggert Street — a single block connecting E. Norris and E. Dauphin Streets — were stunned to see a giant sinkhole form outside one of the rowhomes.

"Tons of rats were flying out of the hole," one witness told PhillyVoice.

Another neighbor and longtime Fishtown resident said the incident may have been related to a plumbing issue.


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Sinkhole opens up and swallows elderly woman in Rome

A woman was left injured after she plunged into the sinkhole
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A woman was left injured after she plunged into the sinkhole
A giant sinkhole has opened up in the middle of a busy street in the Italian city of Rome, which plunged a terrified elderly woman two metres below the road.

A 77-year-old woman was walking on the pavement when she suddenly fell into the two-metre deep crater, which appeared on Tuesday morning.

Emergency services scrambled to the street in Catania, in the Piazza Bologna, to rescue the injured woman.

The woman was rushed to Policlinico Umberto I hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

The road was closed off while officials investigated the causes of the crater.

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Large sinkhole opens up on road in Toronto

City work crews attend at the scene of a sinkhole in the southbound lanes of Yonge St., just south of Highway 401, at William Carson Cres
© Metroland North York Mirror
City work crews attend at the scene of a sinkhole in the southbound lanes of Yonge St., just south of Highway 401, at William Carson Cres
A large sinkhole shut down two traffic lanes on Yonge St., just north of York Mills Rd., on Wednesday.

City work crews are attending to the large sinkhole, which appeared Wednesday morning at William Carson Cres., just south of Highway 401, and is large enough to swallow a car.

While the cause of the sinkhole is yet unknown, city workers speculate it may have been caused by a water main breaking during the recent deep freeze. With temperatures warming, it may well be possible the frozen water from the leak melted, creating a pool of liquid and causing the street to cave in.

Source: Metroland North York Mirror

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UK: 'Very unusual' sinkhole on train tracks after Storm Eleanor, 'ground shifting' say engineers

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A "mysterious void" has been discovered next to train tracks on the Cumbrian coast.

The sinkhole is around 4ft deep and 2ft wide and was found in the village of Harrington.

Engineers said the ground around the hole appeared to be "shifting". Services between Whitehaven and Workington were disrupted.

Network Rail, which manages Britain's railway infrastructure, said in a statement: "Engineers are working to repair and make safe the section of line after the mysterious void appeared yesterday in the wake of Storm Eleanor."

Phil James, head of operations for Network Rail's London North Western route, said: "Sinkholes are very unusual on the railway.

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Huge cracks appear on hillside prompting evacuation at Rattlesnake Ridge, Washington (VIDEO)

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A potential landslide on Rattlesnake Ridge in Yakima County is threatening homes and Interstate 82 near Yakima.

The area of concern is east of Union Gap, east of Thorp Road -- an area also known as Anderson Quarry. A section of Thorp Road has been closed as a precaution and Yakima County Emergency Management has urged some homeowners to evacuate.

The landslide, which is 20 acres in size, is moving at a rate of about 1.3 feet per week and is accelerating each week, according to state geologist Dave Norman. The concern is that the landslide would keep moving, even closer to I-82.

Video shot from a drone showed the landslide in striking clarity, with giant fissures in a hillside, widening, as the earth shifts.

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Bizarre whirlpool phenomenon observed in southern seas

Whirlpool
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A small whirlpool.
Scientists have spotted a bizarre phenomenon reeling through the southern seas: linked swirls of water that resemble giant whirlpools spinning in opposite directions.

Rotating masses of water called eddies are common in the ocean. The newly revealed pairs, however, churn through the water up to ten times faster than their single counterparts, and are connected underwater by a U-shaped vortex. What's more, they might be able to slurp up tiny marine animals and ferry them great distances. Researchers are now trying to figure out how these maelstroms came to be and why they behave so weirdly.

Eddies, which can measure more than 60 miles across, are typically created by turbulence in larger ocean currents. "When they reach a certain strength they spontaneously start meandering and breaking up into eddies," says Chris Hughes, an oceanographer at University of Liverpool in England and one of the scientists behind the new discovery. Eddies play an important role in the ocean by mixing water from different areas, he says. They can stir up nutrients normally found in deeper waters and transport water across gyres, patterns of circular ocean currents that can be thousands of miles wide. This is essential for transporting heat from the equator up to the waters around the poles. "That really wouldn't be possible without the eddies," Hughes says.

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Man falls into sinkhole as footpath opens up in southeastern China

Footage from two separate CCTV cameras shows the moment an unsuspecting pedestrian disappears into a sinkhole.

Footage from two separate CCTV cameras shows the moment an unsuspecting pedestrian disappears into a sinkhole.
Shocking surveillance footage captures the exact moment a man plunges into a sinkhole that opens beneath his feet on a paved footpath on Thursday in southeastern China.

Footage from two separate CCTV cameras shows the moment an unsuspecting pedestrian disappears into the sinkhole in Jiangxi Province's Nanchang.

Video posted online shows the pedestrian, who was with three friends on the footpath, getting ready to cross the road. Suddenly, the man disappears from sight as the footpath caves in. His friends are left stunned. A number of passersby rush over to offer assistance as the victim's shocked friends reach out to help him out of the sinkhole.


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Massive sinkhole swallows car in Manchester, New Hampshire

New Hampshire sinkhole
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A car was pulled out of a sinkhole caused by a water main break on Langdon Street in Manchester, New Hampshire, early Wednesday morning.

Police reported the break at 5:46 a.m., asking the public to avoid Langdon and Canal streets.


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Huge sinkhole opens up in Rome

It is unknown what cause the large crater to appear
© Fatto Quotidiano
It is unknown what cause the large crater to appear
The huge crater, five metres deep and three metres in diameter, appeared on Wednesday morning in the Montagnola district.

Enzo Foschi was one of the first politicians to post a picture on social media, saying: "Luckily at that moment no one was crossing the street and no one got hurt.

"Rome collapses and mayor Raggi says everything is all right."

There was no immediate reports of injuries after the giant sinkhole opened up, according to local reports.