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Huge sinkhole opens up in Columbia, South Carolina

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A huge sinkhole opened up after a water main break in northeast Columbia.

It happened at the intersection of Idlebrook Court and Boswick Ridge in the Summit neighborhood.

Officials with the Columbia Water Department say water service has been restored to the area, but a boil water advisory remains in effect.

Officials say it could take up to a week to repair the road.


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Rare river sinkhole opens up and creates whirlpool, leads to man's death at Saddler Falls, Arkansas

A sinkhole opened June 9 under the Spring River’s Sadler Falls in northern Arkansas, causing a fatal boating accident.
© Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
A sinkhole opened June 9 under the Spring River’s Sadler Falls in northern Arkansas, causing a fatal boating accident.
A kayaker bypassed a part of an Arkansas scenic river known as Dead Man's Curve during a weekend trip, but a rare sinkhole created a whirlpool along his alternate channel and dragged him to his death.

Donald Wright, 64, from Searcy, Arkansas, died Saturday at Saddler Falls along the Spring River, said Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. At least one other person was injured.

Sinkholes are common in the northern half of Arkansas, where subterranean limestone erodes away easily. Small whirlpools are common where bits of land extend into waterways, but having a sinkhole open a whirlpool in the middle of a stream is uncommon.

"I've been here for 40 years. This is the first one I've ever heard forming in a river like this," said Bill Prior, a geologist supervisor at the Arkansas Geological Survey.

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Large sinkhole swallows an occupied truck in Excelsior Springs, Missouri

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© Excelsior Springs Missouri Police Department
The owner of a Ford FX4 Off Road truck was lucky to escape a sinkhole that swallowed the vehicle Tuesday evening in Excelsior Springs.

The hole opened up in a parking lot in the 1700 block of W. Jesse James Road. The cause was not immediately clear, although there appeared to be another hole in a grassy area nearby.

Excelsior Springs Police posted photos of the truck in the hole on Facebook.

"An occupied vehicle was trapped in the hole, however the driver has been evacuated safely," police said.


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Large sinkhole appears in Berkeley County, West Virginia

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Recent storms have caused damage throughout the Eastern Panhandle, including creating a sinkhole on the side of Tuscarora Pike in Berkeley County.

Crews say the sinkhole is reported about 15 feet deep and 10 feet wide. Currently, the sinkhole is confined to the side of the road, and crews on the scene were not sure if it will spread to the road ot not.

Crew members say they do not know how long it will take to fix, but they are expecting more heavy equipment to help get the job done.


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10km earth crack emerges on Elgeyo escarpment, Kenya

Kenya earth cracks
© Eliud Kipsang/Standard
Nicholas Kipruto Rotich assesses the damage caused by landslides in Kaptoror village, Elgeyo Marakwet County. Families in the area fear for their lives as fault lines are evident across the villages.
With a toddler firmly strapped to her back, Rose Kimutai carefully shuffles around her compound as she removes items from her house in Kaptoror village on the steep slopes of Elgeyo escarpment. Dozens of residents can also be seen hauling their property into a waiting truck to be carted away.

The mass exodus has been motivated by the development of huge fissures around their houses.

"It all began on Thursday last week following an overnight downpour. When I tried to open the door in the morning, I noticed that it wouldn't open properly. And then I saw a crack on the ground. When I managed to come out, there was an even bigger crack," Kimutai told The Standard team when we visited the area earlier this week.

She was forced to move into a chicken coop a safe distance away until neighbours came to her rescue. "The cracks are dangerous and one can fall into them. I have nowhere else to turn to because this has always been my home. The entire village is no longer safe for us," she said.

The fissures that stretch more than ten kilometers have cut through Kapsegut, Ketigoi and Kalwal villages and residents are living in fear that the area might sink.

Comment: In neighbouring Uganda huge fissures have also just been reported.

These events are just the latest in a recent spate of epic fissures and sinkholes, the earth 'opening up', from around the world: The current slowdown in Earth's rotation may be a contributing factor for such 'earth changes'. See also:


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Ten homes evacuated after sinkhole appears in Maidstone, UK

Work is underway at the Tonbridge Road sinkhole

Work is underway at the Tonbridge Road sinkhole
Ten homes have had to be evacuated after a sinkhole opened up in Tonbridge Road.

A number of people living on the A26 Tonbridge Road near the Fountain Lane traffic light junction have told they could be out of their homes for weeks.

Maidstone council confirmed 10 homes have had to be vacated and currently four people are being housed in temporary accommodation.

The move comes after a sinkhole as deep as three meters and caused by a 240 sq meter void - just under the size than a tennis court - appeared in the middle of the road on Monday, May 28.

Houses running along the stretch of road are showing signs of damage as walls separating the property are cracked at the same place all along the terrace.


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17-foot sinkhole opens up on road in Des Moines, Iowa

The sinkhole, located on Southwest 12th street and Thornton Avenue, was estimated to be about 35 feet deep.

The sinkhole, located on Southwest 12th street and Thornton Avenue, was estimated to be about 35 feet deep.
A 17-foot sinkhole that formed in a Des Moines street over the weekend has closed down a portion of that road until it can be fixed, officials said Tuesday.

The sinkhole, at Southwest 12th Street and Thornton Avenue on Des Moines' south side, was reported to the city of Des Moines on Saturday. It measures about 17 feet deep, and roughly the same across, said Des Moines Water Works Chief Operating Officer Ted Corrigan.

The hole has since been covered with a metal plate, but the 3600 block of Southwest 12th Street will remain closed except for local traffic until officials can repair the street, Corrigan said.

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Huge sinkhole found at Oxford High School, Mississippi

massive sinkhole at Oxford High School.

Massive sinkhole at Oxford High School.
Engineers and construction crews found a massive sinkhole at Oxford High School. The sinkhole was found behind the press box on the football field.

However, FOX13 found out it's a problem that runs deeper than under the press box.

The Oxford School Superintendent said the massive sinkhole wasn't caused by rainwater, but an underground spring.


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"Pothole Killer" falls into sinkhole in Niagara Falls, New York

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© RobShots
A sinkhole halted a piece of large equipment ironically dubbed a "Pothole Killer" at 18th and South Streets in Niagara Falls on Thursday.

There were no injuries, Niagara Falls Police have confirmed.

They are working to get the truck out of the sinkhole.

The "Pothole Killer" belongs to a Pennsylvania-based service which the City of Niagara Falls contracts with to fill potholes.

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Huge fissures tear through homes and infrastructure after heavy rains in Uganda

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Over 300 homes have been destroyed and several people displaced after several big cracks developed following heavy rain in Bupoto Sub County and Namisindwa town council in Namisindwa district, Uganda on May 23, 2018. The fissures in the ground go right through people's houses, gardens and bridges have been washed away. Like Kenya, Uganda is situated in the valley of the East African Rift, which is in the process of splitting the African Plate into two new separate plates - the Nubian Plate and the Somali Plate. After giant cracks opened up in Kenya, now Uganda has its own cracks. Something big is happening in the region right now! Just to say...

Here some more pictures of the dramatic situation... As if an earthquake had just struck the area:

Comment: Since when did heavy rains cause gaping splits in the ground? This event in Uganda is just the latest in a recent spate of epic fissures, sinkholes and landslides: Also check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs