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Sinkhole swallows truck in central Taipei, Taiwan

Stuck truck

Stuck truck
A sinkhole suddenly opened up and swallowed a blue construction crew truck as it turned the corner in front of a park in central Taipei's Zhongshan District yesterday afternoon (Nov. 28).

At 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, as a blue truck driven by a construction engineer started to make a turn at the corner of Xinshou Park across from No. 303 Jilin Road, and behind the Landis Hotel, in the heart of Taipei City, it suddenly started to sink into a hole that rapidly opened. As the truck started to sink deeper and deeper, the driver leaped out, fearing for his safety, according to Apple Daily.

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136 sinkholes opened up on Rome streets in first 10 months of 2018

Rome is experiencing an exponential rise in the number of sinkholes opening up on the streets of the capital, according to the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA).

The total of sinkholes recorded in Rome during the first 10 months of 2018 is 136, a significant increase from the average of 16 chasms per year between 1998 and 2008.

The average annual number of sinkholes registered over the last decade is 90, with the highest number until now recorded in 2013, with 104 chasms.

Comment: View also this short informative video: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth

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Large sinkhole swallows car following heavy rainfall in Italy

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A huge sinkhole in the Italian village of San Felice Circeo swallowed a car after heavy rainfall in the region.

Comment: Epic rainfall and sinkholes are becoming a familiar sight all over the planet: Also check out SOTTs' monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Fire truck on the way to an emergency falls into a sinkhole in Kiev, Ukraine

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© Kyiv OperativeFacebook
Kiev's infrastructure woes were highlighted on Sunday when a fire engine responding to an emergency failed to reach its destination because it fell into a sinkhole on the road.

Kyiv Operative, a news outlet specializing in crime, fires and other emergencies in the Ukrainian capital, published footage showing the aftermath of the incident on its Facebook page.

It was not immediately clear what exactly caused the sinkhole to form. But a similar incident happened in Kiev last Tuesday when a hot-water pipe burst filled streets with streams of steaming water and caused traffic chaos in the city. The road then collapsed right under a car.

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A 'massive sinkhole' opens up in Greenville, South Carolina

sinkhole greenvillea day ago Sinkhole opens in Greenville, SC,

Sinkhole opens in Greenville, SC.
A "massive sinkhole" opened Friday morning at a gas station in Greenville, South Carolina, police say.

A video posted by the Greenville Police Department shows the sinkhole police estimate to be 10 feet deep that exposed an underground gas line.

"Crews are here making sure pieces of overhanging concrete don't drop on the gas lines, which could open them up. As soon as the concrete is secured, at least one southbound lane will re-open on Haywood Road," the department said on Facebook

A S.C. Department of Transportation engineer told WYFF that he estimated the sinkhole to actually be about 20 feet deep and 50 feet long.

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Sinkhole swallows car in Zamora, Spain

The car toppled over and into the gaping hole.
© @Sergio_Hdez_94 via Twitter
The car toppled over and into the gaping hole.
A car has been 'swallowed' by a street in Spain after a sinkhole opened up and the car almost disappeared completely.

The Renault Megane was parked on the Avenue Cardinal Cisneros, Zamora outside the Leon Felipe Park when at around 11.18pm on Friday night, the ground gave way and the car sank into the asphalt toppling sideways, according to local firefighters.

Firefighters report the roadway collapsed due to a damaged sewage pipe which ran beneath the area the car had parked.

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Sinkhole swallows woman in Lanzhou, China

The woman suffered injuries to her ribs.
The woman suffered injuries to her ribs.
Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A woman in China has been given quite the surprise when the footpath she was walking on ceased to exist.

The sidewalk near the 114 bus stop at Reed Avenue in Lanzhou, China usually provides a safe route for those travelling on foot.

However, footage circulating online shows an unsuspecting pedestrian being swallowed by a sinkhole, descending into the depths below.

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Sinkhole forces residents out of block of flats in St Albans, UK

Sinkhole forces residents out of block of flats in St Albans

Sinkhole forces residents out of block of flats in St Albans
Residents have been evacuated from a block of flats after a sinkhole appeared next to it.

Emergency services were called to Cedar Court in Cedarwood Drive, St Albans, at 6.35am on Tuesday, after the sinkhole was discovered.

The evacuation was a precaution because of how close sinkhole is to the block in the Hertfordshire city.

Around 20 residents have been affected, a spokesman for St Albans City and District Council said.

The spokesman said: "Council officers from our Building Control and Environmental Services teams have been down on site this morning.

Comment: For more details of the 2015 event in the same area, see: Massive sinkhole near London swallows suburban street, families evacuated.

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Woman hospitalized after falling into sinkhole in Statesville, North Carolina

A woman had to be hospitalized after she fell into a dangerous sinkhole on South Center St. in Statesville. Crews are working to determine what caused the sinkhole to form.

Witnesses tell FOX 46 she was simply walking down the sidewalk before it gave in and she fell into a wide hold. She was taken to the hospital quickly to be looked at.

"I was actually at the door whenever it happened."

Tara, who only told us her first name, was at work on South Center St. when she heard a woman's screams.

"I stuck my head out the door because I was scared I didn't know what was going on," Tara said.

The woman fell into the sinkhole and was unable to get out.

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Truck gets stuck in massive sinkhole in Houston, Texas

A truck is seen after it fell into a sinkhole in Montrose on Nov. 5, 2018.

A truck is seen after it fell into a sinkhole in Montrose on Nov. 5, 2018.
In less than a week, an intersection in Montrose has gone from dry pavement to what resembles a small stream.

"It began to gush in the street last Wednesday," homeowner Daniel Levine said.

The scene at night may look and sound peaceful, but earlier Monday, it made for a potentially dangerous day at work for a City of Houston garbage crew.

Photos show their garbage truck stuck in a sinkhole created by the rushing water at the corner of Mandell and Harold near Westheimer and Dunlavy.