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

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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
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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.

Cloud Precipitation

Heaviest monsoon rain in decades creates 6m wide sinkhole, kills 9, leaves Lahore, Pakistan underwater - 3 more days of rain forecast

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Featured image: Huge sinkhole opens in Lahore, Pakistan after record-breaking rains flood the city on July 3, 2018.
Heavy monsoon rains, described as the worst in decades, left at least 9 people dead and 10 injured in the Pakistani city of Lahore (population 6.3 million) on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The city received record-breaking rain that left much of it under water and without power. Heavy rains are expected to continue falling across the region over the next 3 days. Residents are urged to heed official warnings.

The city of Lahore, capital of Punjab Province, received a total of 252 mm (9.9 inches) of rain in 24 hours on Monday and Tuesday, breaking the previous daily rainfall record set in 1980.

Floodwaters left many many people were stranded in their homes and damaged over 200 electricity feeders across the city, leaving much of it without power.

The storm also disrupted air and land traffic, as major roads turned into pools.

Comment: Extreme weather around the world is occurring with increasing frequency and humanity is entirely unprepared: And check this out from 2017 - last year they considered the monsoon's the worst in recent history, it looks like 2018 is set to be even worse: Worst monsoons in recent history kill 1,200 and displace over 40 million in India, Nepal & Bangladesh (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)

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Fifty-metre long section of city road collapses in China

No injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the road collapse (pictured), which occurred just before 7am on Sunday

No injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the road collapse (pictured), which occurred just before 7am on Sunday
Terrifying footage has emerged of the moment a fifty-metre section of a major road collapses.

The street can be seen buckling and crumbling on video captured by CCTV cameras in the city of Guang'an in Sichuan province, south-west China.

No injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the road collapse, which occurred just before 7am on Sunday.

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Huge sinkhole opens up in Columbia, South Carolina

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

© 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

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.

Bizarro Earth

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.