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Huge sinkhole swallows 3 cars at construction site in east China

The road collapses and opens a 10-foot-deep hole and swallows three vehicles instantly

The road collapses and opens a 10-foot-deep hole and swallows three vehicles instantly
A large sinkhole has swallowed two cars and a minivan at a flood prevention works in east China.

Nearby CCTV footage captured a construction site collapsed and opened up a 10-foot-deep hole before dragging the vehicles into it.

There were no casualties reported in this incident. The constructions are now put on halt as local government ordered the company to repair the damaged pipes.


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Bus falls into huge sinkhole in Multan, Pakistan

BUS IN SINKHOLE
A metro bus fell into a sinkhole in Multan on Saturday, a day after PML-N leadership made tall claims about the quality of development projects in the city.

The bus got stuck after a 10-foot deep sinkhole appeared on Suraj Miyani Road.

The people were evacuated from the bus. No casualties were reported.

The substandard material used for the road construction was the reason for the incident.


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Large sinkhole swallows 3 cars in Athens, Greece

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A sinkhole "swallowed" parked cars in a parking lot in Kallithea.

According to kallitheaonline.gr, at least three cars fell inside the sinkhole, leaving their owners wondering if and how they will be compensated by their insurance companies.

Nobody has been injured. The authorities are investigating the causes of the phenomenon.

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Public works truck gets stuck in sinkhole in Burlington, Vermont

Stuck truck
© Corey Rondeau
Stuck truck
You know the roads are bad in Burlington when this happens. A resident snapped this shot of a Department of Public Works truck stuck in a big hole!

It happened Tuesday at Kilburn and St. Paul streets.

The resident posted it to the online forum Reddit and the department responded, blaming aging infrastructure for the incident.

They said no one was hurt.


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Following record rainfall, huge rift opens opens up on farm in Rotorua, New Zealand

Colin Tremain next to the sinkhole

Colin Tremain next to the sinkhole
A giant sinkhole has opened up on a farm near Rotorua following Sunday's record breaking rainfall in the region.

The sinkhole, or tomo, was about 200 metres long, 30m wide and 20m deep, farm manager Colin Tremain said.

It runs along a fault-line at the Tumunui farm and was discovered by one of the farm's staff, who went out to get the cows first thing on Monday morning.

It's the ninth serious tomo that has been on the farm that was at least 10m deep, Mr Tremain said.


Comment: Crikey! Here's drone footage...




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Massive sinkhole opens in Jacksonville, Florida

Florida sinkhole
© Erik Avanier
A massive sinkhole reported on the city's Westside Thursday night caused road closures near Ringhaver Park.

The sinkhole was reported in the 5300 block of 118th Street near Sundown Drive. JEA crews shut down the area as they worked to repair it through the night.

First Coast News sent crews to the scene and reported that a couple crew members were seen inside of the sinkhole.


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Eight homes evacuated after 10 sinkholes open up in Ocala, Florida

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The City of Ocala is trying to figure out how to fix sinkholes now popping up in the fore ranch community.

The city's engineer says he's counted at least eight since Thursday morning.

Ocala Police say eight homes had to be evacuated as a precautionary measure due to more holes opening up since Wednesday evening.
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The city's engineer says they're keeping a close eye on the fore ranch community.

Sean Lanier said, "There was another sinkhole that opened up this morning in the roadway so now the roadway into that area has been closed also so that shows that there's even more activity continuing to spread, last night that wasn't present."


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One killed, three injured by landslide in Nagaland, India

Volunteers making efforts to dig out victims buried under landslide debris in Mokokchung town on Saturday.

Volunteers making efforts to dig out victims buried under landslide debris in Mokokchung town on Saturday.
In a tragic incident, one person was killed and three others injured when a landslide buried them while they were working at a construction site in Mokokchung town. The incident happened at around 3 pm at Tongdentsuyong Ward below NH-2 where the four of them were working on constructing a retaining wall.

Following the incident, neighbours and public immediately rushed to the scene of the accident and dug out the victims buried by the landslide debris. All the four of them were rushed to the hospital where one was declared brought dead. Another was admitted to the hospital while the other two who sustained minor injuries were released after administering first aid.

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Aerial photography reveals unexplained holes appearing in Arctic sea ice

Curious Circles in Arctic Sea Ice
© NASA photograph by John Sonntag/Operation IceBridge.
NASA's Operation IceBridge - the airborne mission flown annually over both polar regions-is now in its tenth year making flights over the Arctic. That's a lot of flight hours spent mapping the region's land ice and sea ice. But on April 14, 2018, IceBridge mission scientist John Sonntag spotted something he had never seen before.

Sonntag snapped this photograph from the window of the P-3 research plane while flying over the eastern Beaufort Sea. At the time, the aircraft's location was 69.71° North and 138.22° West, about 50 miles northwest of Canada's Mackenzie River Delta. "We saw these sorta-circular features only for a few minutes today," Sonntag wrote from the field. "I don't recall seeing this sort of thing elsewhere."

The features are more of a curiosity than anything else. The main purpose of the flight that day was to make observations of sea ice in an area that lacked coverage by the mission prior to 2013. Still, the image sparked a fair amount of intrigue, so we set out to see what we could learn. That's not always easy based on a photograph or satellite image alone, so the following ideas are speculation.

Comment: So, this aerial photography has been going on for 10 years, it's the first time these scientists have seen them, and there are no other examples of holes like this?

Considering the activity going on in the depths of our planet, many signs we're seeing on the surface, though this may turn out to be seals, there are other, more worrying, theories as to what could be causing this, such as heat coming from below:


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15-foot deep sinkhole closes road in western North Carolina

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© WSOC
A large sinkhole has forced crews to close a busy street in Lenoir.

Neighbors said the 15-foot deep hole first opened up beneath Westview Street late Sunday after heavy rain over the weekend.

The city has placed barricades across the road to block traffic but there is no word from the city yet on when repairs to the road will begin, or how much it will cost.