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Large sinkhole destroys entrance to Florida country club

Indian Town sinkhole
The Martin County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that a large hole destroyed one of the entrances to the Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Indiantown.

Shopping carts and yellow tape were placed in front of the hole to prevent anyone from driving into it.

There is another entrance to the 55+ community.


3 water main breaks cause sinkhole in Woodland Hills, California

Woodland Hills sinkhole
© J.T. Alpaugh
A break in three water mains today opened up a sinkhole in a street in Woodland Hills.

About 25 customers were without water service as a result of the ruptured lines, which were reported about 2:30 p.m. in the 23000 block of Hatteras Avenue, according to the Department of Water and Power.

Crews shut off the water and were expected to be working on repairs until at least 10 p.m., according to a DWP spokeswoman who said two 6-inch mains and one 4-inch line broke.

The cause of the breaks was under investigation, she said.


Massive sinkhole discovered on bridge over Houston tollway

Sinkhole in Houston
© CW39TV
Talk about a sinking feeling!

First it was flooding, now it's a giant sinkhole to reckon with in west Houston!

The traffic nightmare there, caused in part by massive flooding on W. Beltway 8 Tollway near I-10, may not go away anytime soon.

That's because there's one more wrinkle added to the mess: a sinkhole blocking the Beltway feeder road!

A giant crater has formed on the bridge above the tollway on Boheme Drive at Beltway 8.

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Deep sinkhole several meters wide opens in Brussels, Belgium

Sinkhole in Brussels, Belgium
© 9News
A sinkhole several metres wide appeared on a busy street in Brussels on Thursday, shutting the road to traffic and worrying local residents.

The hole, caused by a leak in underground water pipes, did not result in any injuries according to local media, but restaurant owner Massut Ozkan said he had to hurry to halt buses and cars heading for the street when the hole appeared.

"We stopped the traffic. I went up to stop all the cars. There were also buses, fortunately they didn't go down the road. We stopped everybody, on both sides of the street. Honestly, we avoided a serious danger. If a big bus or a van had gone by, things would not be the same," he said.

The road has been closed for safety reasons and 200 people evacuated, according to local media.

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Colossal waterspout seen off the coast of Tropea, Italy

Waterspout off Italy's coast
A video uploaded to social media captures a spinning waterspout off the coast of Tropea, Italy on Sunday.

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Residents awaken to find their home being swallowed by sinkhole in Falmouth, Nova Scotia

When the family in the house first awoke, they thought the sounds downstairs were home invaders.
© Anjuli Patil/CBC
When the family in the house first awoke, they thought the sounds downstairs were home invaders.
When family members inside a Hants County home woke up early Sunday morning, they feared the racket they heard coming from their basement was created by home invaders.

A call to 911 followed but when officers arrived, they found a catastrophe that wasn't man-made.

A sinkhole had developed under the Mountain View Drive home in Falmouth and the danger was created by Mother Nature.

'Everyone is safe'

Chris Strickey lives at the house with his wife and two daughters who are 13 and 16. He and his 13-year-old daughter weren't home at the time the sinkhole opened.

"I received a phone call at one minute before 4 a.m. from my wife to tell me that literally the house had collapsed," said Strickey.


Moment of powerful sinkhole implosion caught on camera in Mexico City (VIDEO)

Mexico City sinkhole
© Paul Contreras / YouTube
The dramatic moment a massive sinkhole devoured part of a street in Mexico City was captured by a witness determined to get the shot despite the nearby road crumbling into oblivion.

An underground tunnel was exposed when a 10-meter-wide and 20-meter-deep sinkhole suddenly opened between Colon and Humboldt street in the city center on Thursday.

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20-meter diameter sinkhole discovered in Waihi, New Zealand

Waihi sinkhole
© Via Facebook
A sinkhole measuring 20m in diameter has been found on reserve land in Waihi.

Hauraki District Council chief executive Langley Cavers said the sinkhole was found this morning on a council reserve between the Waihi Rugby Club and the Martha open pit mine.

Cavers said the site, known to be above historic mine workings, was classified as a hazard zone in 2002 and was cordoned off.

"While this is inconvenient, it is within an area where sinkholes could be expected."

Comment: See also: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth


Harvey flooding causes massive sinkhole in Rosenberg, Texas

Rosenberg sinkhole
© Rosenberg Police Department
Since Tropical Storm Harvey began dumping unprecedented amounts of rain on Southeast Texas on Saturday, local and state officials have been warning people to stay off the roads.

On Sunday, police in Rosenberg shared another scary reminder - a photo of a massive sinkhole that opened on FM 762.

In the image, half of the road can be seen collapsing while water gushes from a pipe. The hole appears to be several feet deep and opens into an existing waterway on the northeast side of the 3900 block of FM 762.

The National Weather Service has said that Harvey is "unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced."

The National Hurricane Center says Harvey is expected to produce 15 to 25 more inches of rain through Friday over the middle- and upper-Texas coast.

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Small sinkhole swallows up leg of Brooklyn walker (VIDEO)

© Global Look Press
The fire department had to help retrieve the leg.
We sincerely hope that a man in Brooklyn wasn't trying to get anywhere in a rush after an inconvenient sinkhole opened up just enough to make his leg disappear. The unidentified individual had to be rescued from peril by the fire department.

Video from the scene which happened at the intersection of Myrtle and Walworth Tuesday shows the trapped individual, who from a distance looks like he is missing one leg. Upon closer inspection his leg appears to be trapped on the flip side of the earth.