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Mexican football team left without pitch after giant sinkhole appears

A massive sinkhole suddenly formed at a Mexican football pitch
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A massive sinkhole suddenly formed at a Mexican football pitch
A football pitch has been left in utter ruin after a giant sinkhole formed in the centre of the field.

The incident is thought to have occurred after the pipes under the water sprinkler system apparently started leaking.

The affected pitch, in Cuajimalpa de Morelos, Mexico, now sports a gigantic sinkhole, well over six metres deep.

Fortunately, no one was playing on the field at the time when the hole first appeared - with no injuries as yet reported.

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Giant sinkhole in Oxford, Nova Scotia grows to at least 38 metres in diameter

At this point, the children's playground and community centre are off limits.
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At this point, the children's playground and community centre are off limits.
Another tree is on the verge of being gobbled up by a sinkhole that just keeps growing

An unpredictable sinkhole in a Nova Scotia park that has already swallowed up large trees and some picnic tables is now at least 38 metres in diameter.

The crater began as a small indentation in Oxford and suddenly opened up Aug. 20 when the ground under it collapsed. It grew another three metres overnight Wednesday.

Amy Tizzard, a geologist with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines, said it's too early to tell how big the sinkhole will get.


Comment: See also: Giant sinkhole opens up in Oxford, Nova Scotia


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Huge sinkhole forces hundreds to evacuate in Seoul, South Korea

A large sinkhole was detected early Friday in Geumcheon-gu, southern Seoul, forcing 200 nearby residents to evacuate.
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A large sinkhole was detected early Friday in Geumcheon-gu, southern Seoul, forcing 200 nearby residents to evacuate.
A large sinkhole was detected early Friday at a parking lot of a Seoul apartment complex, forcing 200 residents to evacuate.

According to fire authorities, land is collapsing in a section 30 meters wide, 10 meters long with a depth of six meters in Geumcheon-gu, southwestern Seoul. Next to the apartment complex is a construction site.

Two hundred residents at the two apartment buildings near the site have been evacuated, while two people were escorted to the hospital citing psychological trauma.

"There was a large collapse sound last night," said Kim, a 58-year-old apartment resident. "I couldn't sleep and came outside and found the ground has collapsed."

The sinkhole occurred next to a construction site for a 30-story studio apartment. However, no workers were on site at the time.


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California's loss of ground water is causing it to sink at an alarming rate

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The San Joaquin Valley in central California, like many other regions in the western United States, faces drought and ongoing groundwater extraction, happening faster than it can be replenished. And the land is sinking as a result-by up to a half-meter annually according to a new Cornell University study in Science Advances.

Despite much higher-than-normal amounts of rain in early 2017, the large agricultural and metropolitan communities that rely on groundwater in central California experienced only a short respite from an ongoing drought. When the rain stopped, drought conditions returned and the ground has continued to sink, according to researchers.

"With the heavy storms in early 2017, Californians were hopeful that the drought was over," said Kyle Murray, a Cornell doctoral candidate in the field of geophysics. "There was a pause in land subsidence over a large area, and even uplift of the land in some areas. But by early summer the subsidence continued at a similar rate we observed during the drought."

Comment: Sinkholes and fissures have become a worldwide phenomenon of late, so is it just consumption of water that has lead to California's drought and subsidence - considering 2017 had higher than average rainfalls - or is there more happening below ground that the scientists have yet to discover?


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Large sinkholes drain lagoon in Mexico

Laguna de Chakanbacán

Before and after picture of the lagoon in Mexico. Several sinkholes fissured in the bottom of Laguna Chakabacan in Mexico.
Since Sunday evening, the, located in Quintana Roo, Mexico is being drained by large sinkholes, killing a high number of fish, turtles, swamp crocodiles and eels, among other species. The sinkholes are about six meters deep and up to 10 meters wide, and have already drained practically 80% of the water contained in the 200 hectares and up to 10 meters deep lagoon of Chakanbacán. OMG!

According local reports, a loud roar was heard on Sunday. Just after, the lagoon started to drain underground. By Wednesday morning almost 3/4 of the lagoon had dried up. And this is not the first time that such a surprising and unexpected phenomenon has occurred in the area.

Yesterday, the authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency (PPA), Institute of Biodiversity and Natural Protected Areas in Quintana Roo (Ibanqroo), National Forestry Commission (Conafor), National Water Commission (Conagua), Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa), Cocodrilia and ejido authorities, have started investigating the cause of the problem, pictured below: Sinkholes! Large sinkholes!

Comment: The explanation that this is solely due to karst rock below doesn't take into account the other notable geological anomalies, that include gaping fissures, monster sinkholes and devastating landslides, which are occurring all over the world and with a worrying regularity. For more information, see: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth

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Giant sinkhole opens up in Oxford, Nova Scotia

Mark Rushton stands near a large sinkhole that developed in the Oxford Lions Park.
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Mark Rushton stands near a large sinkhole that developed in the Oxford Lions Park late Monday evening. There had been a small sink hole there, but it got dramatically bigger last night and it estimated to be 40 to 50 feet wide and 30 or more feet deep with rushing water at the bottom.
Oxford residents got a bit of a shock late Monday evening when a small sinkhole in the popular Lions Park got a lot bigger.

Mark Rushton was playing catch with his son in the park while his wife participated in a yoga class inside the Lions Centre when he heard a whump and felt the ground vibrate.

"I had just dropped my wife off for her yoga class and my son was going to go for a swim in the lake but it was too chilly so we decided to throw the ball around," Rushton said. "I just heard the rush of water and didn't think too much of it and then I felt the thump so I went to investigate."

Rushton said a part of the park was already cordoned off, but the hole had gotten much wider and a lot deeper. He estimated it was 30 to 40 feet wide in one place and more than 30 feet deep.

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20ft deep sinkhole swallows car in Craig Y Nos, Wales

This is the shocking moment a woman saw her car parked on the grounds of a castle in Wales swallowed by a sinkhole. Karen Davies, 54, found her Fiat had disappeared as she finished her shift

This is the shocking moment a woman saw her car parked on the grounds of a castle in Wales swallowed by a sinkhole. Karen Davies, 54, found her Fiat had disappeared as she finished her shift
This is the shocking moment a woman's car parked on the grounds of a castle was swallowed by a sinkhole.

Karen Davies, 54, found her Fiat had disappeared bonnet first when she finished her shift working as a castle assistant.

Her son Luke, 30, said his mother parked in her usual spot but was later told by colleagues about the sinkhole shock.

Luke, of Coelbren, Powys, said workers tried to tow the car out but the sinkhole at the Craig Y Nos Castle, near Swansea, South Wales, was 20ft deep.

He said: 'She was in shock and at first she thought it was a joke. The car was upside down.

A customer was in the car park when it started sinking - they saw it happen and how it gradually went down.


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2 French rivers disappear - Geologists suspect through cracks in the ground

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This situation is anomalous as it has abundantly rained this spring and winter.
The Doubs river flows normally in Franche-Comté, France. But since about a week or so, the river has totally dried up over a length of more than 1 km, between Pontarlier and Morteau, although precipitation has been abundant this winter and spring. The river has disappeared, and with it, the fauna and flora. Everything is dead. Two weeks ago, 13km of the Risle River in Normandy also disappeared underground in a large crater. According to geologists, this unprecedented event is due to large cracks and craters in the riverbed.

The cave of Remonot is located near the village of Morteau along the Doubs. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this Chapel-Cave contains miraculous water and is visited each year on August 15, 2018, day of the Assumption. But during this year's annual pilgrimage, the cave was dry! The first time ever!

Nearby, the Doubs river is also dry. No water, just pebbles and dead fish.

Comment: It's true that winter and spring brought double the average rainfall to France, but it wasn't just France, huge swathes of Europe were flooded. Summer is here and this time vast stretches of the northern hemisphere are experiencing unprecedented drought leading to massive crop failures. But the issue of disappearing bodies of water is seemingly due to another phenomena: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth Also check out SOTT's monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


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Massive sinkhole swallows cars in China

This is the moment 30 people come together to save their neighbour's car
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This is the moment 30 people come together to save their neighbour's car
This is the moment 30 people come together to save their neighbour's car after the vehicle becomes trapped on the edge of a large sinkhole.

The road surface caved in on 11th August during heavy rains in Yan'an city, China.

The hole - measuring at least 5 metres in depth - opened up right behind the white people carrier, with footage shows rain and muddy groundwater sloshing around inside during the downpour.


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Watch as massive landslide caused by heavy rains collapses onto road in suburban Beijing - More rain forecast

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Strong downpours caused a landslide in Beijing. Luckily no one was hurt, but the road was blocked for several hours.

Beijing authorities temporarily closed 168 different natural and architectural tourist sites near the Chinese capital in expectation of strong downpours, according to the capital's tourism committee.

Weather forecasters expect that up to 300 millimeters of precipitation will occur in the next 24 hours in some areas of Beijing and its neighboring provinces.

Comment: While some areas of the world suffer extreme drought, other areas are inundated with epic flooding, and as if that wasn't enough, sinkhole, earthquake and volcanic events are on the rise too: Also check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs