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Large sinkhole opens at Wickiup Reservoir in Oregon

Wickiup sinkhole
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Officials warn that the ground is 'highly unstable'

A sinkhole opened up on the edge of Wickiup Reservoir over the weekend — possibly due to a collapsed lava tube — but officials say water levels at the reservoir just west of La Pine are expected to remain stable.

Photos shared by the Deschutes National Forest earlier in the week showed water draining into the sinkhole. During a visit to the area on Tuesday, the hole was just above the water line. Crews with the North Unit Irrigation District, which operates the Wickiup Dam, placed sandbags to keep water from spilling in to the hole on Tuesday.

Dave Walsh, spokesman with the Bureau of Reclamation, said the hole is roughly 10 to 12 feet across and about 4 feet deep. He said a geologist who examined it on behalf of the bureau on Monday estimated water was flowing down the hole to parts unknown at around 900 gallons a minute.

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Sleeping woman swallowed by sinkhole in Lianyuan, China

Rescue workers call off search for 45-year-old mother due to dangerous conditions.

Rescue workers call off search for 45-year-old mother due to dangerous conditions.
Fears are growing for a woman in central China who was apparently swallowed by a sinkhole while she was sleeping in her bed, local media reported.

The woman's husband discovered his wife missing when he went to check on her on Saturday morning, the Hunan province-based news portal Voc.com.cn reported.

When he entered the room he found a three-square-metre hole in the floor and his wife, 45-year-old Chen Jiaoyang, gone, the report said.

The couple lives in Shizhuling, a village in the city of Lianyuan, which had been hard hit by heavy rains over the previous two days.

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Large sinkhole appears on road in Ulsan, South Korea

An emergency operation is under way to restore the collapsed road.
© Yonhap
An emergency operation is under way to restore the collapsed road.
A big sinkhole swallowed a road in Ulsan early Sunday. There were no reports of injuries or major property damage.

The sinkhole was reported about 30 minutes past midnight, according to Ulsan police and fire authorities. The hole was six meters wide and two meters deep.

An emergency operation is under way to restore the site. Ulsan officials said water leaking from a buried sewer pipe had washed away underground soil.
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More sinkholes open in The Villages, Florida

Sinkhole under a home in FL
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A woman wasn't able to return to her home in The Villages Tuesday, one day after a sinkhole opened beneath a portion of her house.

The sinkhole opened Monday near the front door of her home on Abercrombie Way.

The woman's neighbors told Channel 9 that the homeowner discovered the hole when she walked outside to retrieve a newspaper.

The woman was forced out of her home, which was surrounded with yellow tape and signs warning people not to get close to the home.

She was the only person in the area who had to evacuate.

Comment: See also: 2 sinkholes open up at golf course in The Villages, Florida


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2 sinkholes open up at golf course in The Villages, Florida

A large sinkhole was discovered at Glenview Championship Golf Course.

A large sinkhole was discovered at Glenview Championship Golf Course.
Villagers who live near the Glenview Championship Golf Course woke up Friday morning to find a very large, deep sinkhole in their backyard.

Golf course personnel closed six holes and roped off an area behind homes in the 3300 block of Richmond Drive in the Village of Belle Aire. There is said to be a second sinkhole in a nearby retention pond.

Sam Wartinbee of District Property Management on Friday said drought followed by sudden, heavy rain make conditions ripe for sinkholes to occur.

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Sinkhole opens up in front of car in Ocala, Florida

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A man and woman somehow managed to escape their car after they realized a sinkhole opened in front of them in Ocala.

The sinkhole opened near the intersection of Southwest 27th Avenue and State Road 200, also known as College Road, at the Gateway Plaza.

Video shows a car teetering on the edge of the 25 foot by 25 foot hole in a Checker's restaurant parking lot.

Cell phone video shows a car teetering on the edge of a sinkhole in #Ocala. A couple somehow managed to escape https://t.co/zC3KZWjmzz pic.twitter.com/kdsDPP7uoQ— Matt Petrillo (@MattPetrillo) June 11, 2017

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Massive sinkhole opens up on road and engulfs tree and minivan in Nantong, China

No one was hurt in the accident, and the cause of the sinkhole is still being investigated

No one was hurt in the accident, and the cause of the sinkhole is still being investigated
A massive sinkhole has appeared on a street in eastern China, sending a minivan and a tree tumbling in.

The incident occurred in the city of Nantong, Jiangsu Province on Saturday, after heavy rains in the region.

Video captured the event unfolding, as the minivan was sent tumbling into the ground.

The sinkhole then continued to expand, making a large tree fall in.

Chunks of pavement gave way, and a underground water pipe also burst.


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Car plunges into sinkhole on busy road in Brazil

Sinkhole in Brazil
This is the moment a 4X4 is nearly consumed by a giant sinkhole in the middle of a road.

A crowd gathers around the stricken vehicle which lay front first into the ground as its alarm whirls in the background.

Around 20 seconds into the clip the car falls further into the ground and nearly tilts at a 90 degree angle, facing into the dark core of the planet.


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Father and son are killed after being sucked into flaming sinkhole in Jharkhand, India

A 21-strong rescue team arrived at the scene and dug an underground passage to try and get to the father and son

A 21-strong rescue team arrived at the scene and dug an underground passage to try and get to the father and son
A father and son have been burned alive after being sucked into a flaming sink hole that has been blazing for more than 100 years in India.

Teenager Rahim Khan was sweeping an area in front of his shop in the town of Jharia, in the country's north eastern Jharkhand province when he was sucked into a crater which opened up in the road.

His desperate father, Bablu Khan, 40, saw him slip into the hole before he too was killed after being buried under debris as he tried to save the 14-year-old.

Pictures show smoke coming from the burning sink hole which was caused by fires that have raged underground in the area for decades.

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30-ft wide, 30-ft deep sinkhole collapses road in Newberry, Florida

Newberry, FL sinkhole
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A sinkhole opened in Newberry along Newberry Road just west of Northwest 266th Street, worsened by a burst water line.

Alachua County sheriff's deputies responded and were guiding morning commuters slowly through the area.

Newberry City Manager Mike New said the 3 inches of rain the city got Tuesday could have washed out soil supporting a waterline that subsequently sagged and ruptured, washing out even more soil and deepening the hole.

When deputies were called about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, the sinkhole was about 30 feet wide and 30 feet deep near the roadway. Eventually, a portion of the road collapsed after the soil supporting it caved in.