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Arctic lake mysteriously disappears in Novaya Zemlya, Russia

Arctic lake mysteriously disappears on Novaya Zemlya

A lake has completely disappeared in Arctic Russia in July 2018. via Facebook
This is just incredible! An entire lake has disappeared on the archipelago of Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic Ocean in northern Russia as reported by researchers from the project "The Open Ocean: Archipelagos of the Arctic". The expedition was sent in this remote area in an attempt to survey Lake Usacheva, but stumbled upon an empty reservoir with its bottom scarred by cracks and fissures.

A lake has completely disappeared in Arctic Russia in July 2018. via Facebook

Researchers report of their Facebook Page:

"We are not talking here about a small lake near the sea shore, which, for example, can break through the channel and drain into the sea, but about the large and deep lake Usacheva, that is at least 3 kilometers long, and a few kilometers distant from the sea. [...] The guys walked on the dried bottom of the lake for more than one and a half kilometers, and as shown in the photographs, it's a continuous clay desert, covered with a grid of cracks and fissures from erosion [...] "

Comment: In addition a Facebook comment noted the following (translated by Google):
I will also specify - here I collected a series of photos from 2016-2018, judging by which the main descent of the lake was in 2016, and then it was partially filled by July 2017

Similar examples of baffling changes to bodies of water have been documented all over the world:

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Large sinkhole appears along Route 30 in York, Pennsylvania

A large sinkhole has opened up along Route 30 in York County, but PennDOT says it shouldn't affect traffic.

The hole along the shoulder is near the intersection of Biesecker Road in Thomasville. PennDOT said it was caused by water runoff.

Crews are working on repairs..

Traffic cones are set up to keep vehicles away.


Massive sinkhole appears in farmers field in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Huge sinkhole opens up in farmers field in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Images taken from: englishrussia.com
RIA Novosti reports a sinkhole measuring 32 metres wide and 50 metres deep appeared in a farmers field in Shatkovsky, Nizhny Novgoro, Russia. It was also stated that no houses are located nearby, with the nearest settlement 2 kilometres away, that the area has been fenced off and the sinkhole is being monitored.

While information in English is scarce at this early time, one report speculates the cause could be due to to water erosion of the soil or rock below.

It remains to be seen what the true cause of this particular sinkhole is but a hole of this size is not normal and to attribute its appearance solely to water erosion is most likely misleading. Because with volcanoes, earthquakes, sinkholes, fissures, landslides and a variety of other unusual and major earth movement phenomena on the increase, it would seem there are other factors at play not yet being considered.

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Large sinkhole opens up on road in Upper Allen, Pennsylvania

A water main break eroded the soil under an Upper Allen Township road and a sinkhole opened Monday morning.

The sinkhole is in the 800 block of South Market Street.

A utility pole sank and needed to be stabilized, and a home driveway is completely cut off from the roadway.

South Market is closed between East Elmwood Avenue and Shepherdstown Road and could remain shut down for a while because the other side of the road started buckling in the afternoon.

Suez Water said the severity of the break required other utilities to repair lines. Several homes and businesses last water service and are under a boil water advisory.

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Huge sinkhole completely swallows SUV in Sheridan, Colorado

© Sheridan Police Dept ‏
A massive sinkhole opened up and swallowed a Toyota RAV4 SUV on Oxford Avenue in Sheridan Tuesday evening.

Sheridan police tweeted that the driver was OK and shared a photo showing the vehicle submerged in water 15 feet down.

Police say the woman was able to climb out before the SUV fell.

The sinkhole occurred on Oxford Avenue at the intersection of Natches Court amid a drenching thunderstorm. Police say the rain impacted a pipe below the pavement which gave way.

Witness Tye Adams grabbed his phone and took video just as the SUV began to sink.

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Sinkhole swallows pedestrian in the city of Jiamusi, China

The terrifying moment an octogenarian dropped into a sinkhole that suddenly opened up beneath him in northern China's Jiamusi City on July 20.

The CCTV video shows an elderly man falling into a dark abyss as he walks along the road.

Passersby go to check on him and try to pull him out.

According to reports, the road had not been built well after construction last year and the rain was too much for it to bear.

The man was sent to hospital. He sustained no lasting injuries.


Huge crack appears in rock wall in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming - Area not far from Yellowstone

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming fissure

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park has closed the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point tourist attractions because of concerns that a fissuring rock wall could pose a danger, as growing cracks and fissures were observed in the large buttress above Hidden Falls. The main crack is about 100 feet (30 meters) long and runs horizontally along a rock wall that's at least 100 feet tall.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point are located in the popular Jenny Lake area and are among the park's busiest attractions. Other Jenny Lake attractions, including the ferry, remain open.

Grand Teton National Park officials say there is no estimate for when the park's popular Hidden Falls area will reopen to the public.

Comment: As demonstrated in the video below, with the dramatic increase in activity all around the world of earthquakes, sinkholes and general instability of the earth beneath our feet, one would do well to exercise extreme caution in particularly risky areas. Worryingly, Yellowstone has shown a surge in activity recently:


Sinkhole hole opens under bus full of school children in Swineshead, UK

sinkhole Swineshead

The road began to collapse around the bus in Swineshead
A bus carrying schoolchildren began to sink in to the ground as a huge hole opened up and road underneath it.

The Brylaine bus was transporting children home from Boston Grammar School and the town's High School at around 4.30pm on Wednesday, July 11.

As the bus pulled in to drop a student off in High Green Road, Swineshead, its back end began to sink as the road began to collapse.

Brylaine operations director Malcolm Wheatley said the only thing stopping the bus from falling further into the deep 6ft hole was the vehicle's frame.

Comment: Sinkholes are often blamed on excess rainfall, broken pipes, local mining tunnels or recent roadworks and yes, according to the article this road has been repaired multiple times, but all that tells us is that the ground underneath it is highly unstable. Also, the UK has seen over 50 days without rain and which has led to unprecedented wildfires. So what's causing this massive increase in sinkholes around the world?

For more, see:


Largest landslide ever to hit Iceland - Follows wettest May and darkest June on record

landslide iceland
A very large landslide detached from the Fagraskógarfjall massif near Hitardal in western Iceland early Saturday morning, July 7, 2018. The slide blocked a well-known salmon fishing river with mud and rock, almost completely changing the landscape. Although not everyone agrees, local media currently consider this event as the largest landslide ever to hit Iceland.

The landslide was mapped with drones, Icelandic Coast Guard airplane and satellites.

Comment: These massive landslides happening all over the world do seem to be connected to torrential rainfall, but there appear to be other factors to consider:

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Car drives into sinkhole in southwestern Minnesota

Car falls into sinkhole in MN
© ABC7
A 16-year-old driver in southwestern Minnesota had to climb out his car's back window Tuesday morning after heavy rains washed out the road and he drove into a sinkhole.

The Renville County Sheriff's Office says the sinkhole was formed after a culvert beneath the township road was washed out.

The driver wasn't hurt, thanks to his seat belt and the car's airbag.

Candace Leopold, the driver's grandmother, says the teen was on his way to work at a farm north of Redwood Falls. After falling into the sinkhole, the teen escaped by climbing out of the car's back window, she said.