Sinkholes

Giant sinkholes in Wink region expanding, pose serious hazard, Texas

New research, conducted by scientists from the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, revealed two existing sinkholes near Wink, Texas, are expanding and are unstable. Also, results suggest that new sinkholes are forming as the nearby subsidence occurs at...

June 14, 2016

Heavy monsoon rain opens a large sinkhole in a busy road in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The onset of monsoon rains in Cambodia has opened a large sinkhole in a busy road close to the iconic Olympic Stadium in country's capital, Phnom Penh. The city sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers and is thought to be at high risk of...

June 11, 2016

Large sinkhole opens in downtown Ottawa, gas leak prompts evacuations, Canada

A large sinkhole has opened up near the corner of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive in downtown Ottawa, Canada a few hours ago, June 8, 2016, causing a gas leak and shutting down the Rideau Street. At least one vehicle was swallowed by the growing hole. The Rideau...

June 08, 2016

200-meter-long sinkhole opens in Florence and swallows 20 cars, Italy

A 200-meter-long (650 feet) and 7-meter-wide (23 feet) sinkhole opened up along the Arno River in the center of Florence, Italy around 06:15 (local time) on May 25, 2016, swallowing 20 parked cars. Emergency services cordoned off the area and asked the residents to...

May 25, 2016

Large sinkhole swallows four cars in downtown Ruijin, southeast China

A large sinkhole opened in a major avenue crossing in downtown Ruijin, southeast China’s Jiangxi Province on May 22, 2016, swallowing four cars and a tree. The hole is 3 meters deep (9.8 feet) and 30 meters (98.4 feet) wide. Nobody was hurt, and an...

May 23, 2016

Tliapa and Tlacuapa rivers disappear into sinkholes, Mexico

After Atoyac River that disappeared when a huge sinkhole opened up on February 28, 2016, two more rivers in the mountains of the Mexican state of Veracruz are suffering the same fate. This brings the number of rivers in the region that have drained into subsoil in...

April 22, 2016

Video captures large sinkhole collapse in Central California

A large sinkhole formed in Madera, Central California on the evening of April 11, 2016 (local time) and was captured on video by the City of Madera Police Department. The sinkhole opened up as a part of the local roadway collapsed into a sewage line. An exact cause...

April 12, 2016

Drought causes large road collapse north of Bangkok, Thailand

Just days after a truck got pulled into a huge crack on a road north of Bangkok, Thailand another large collapse occurred on the same road today. The crack stretches almost 120 meters (400 feet) and is 4 meters (13 feet) deep. Officials said severe drought caused...

April 04, 2016

Growing sinkhole causes evacuations in Tarpon Springs, Florida

A large sinkhole has opened up in Tarpon Springs, Florida on March 30, 2016, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents. This is reportedly a re-opened known sinkhole, located along U.S. 19 at Mango Street. City officials say water and sewer lines have broken at the...

March 30, 2016

Large sinkhole swallows a bus in China's Guizhou Province

A bus was swallowed by a large sinkhole that opened just moments after it arrived at a bus terminal near a train station in Guiyang, the capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province. The event was recorded by the surveillance camera. According to Chinese media,...

March 11, 2016

Rare huge sinkhole found in Donglan County, China

Scientists have discovered a rare huge sinkhole in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The discovery was made during an eight-day expedition by scientists from France and China that began on February 26. Although such sinkholes, also known as...

March 08, 2016

Atoyac River disappears overnight after large sinkhole opens up, Mexico

The Atoyac River, located in the central mountainous area of the Mexican state of Veracruz, has disappeared after a large sinkhole opened up on Sunday, February 28, 2016. In less than 48 hours, the river completely dried out. The hole, which now crosses the Atoyac...

March 04, 2016

Another rapid beach erosion event at Inskip Point, Australia

Months after a major 'sinkhole' swallowed a campsite near popular Rainbow Beach in Queensland, Australia, another rapid beach erosion event occurred in the same area on March 1, 2016. According to Queensland Parks and Wildlife, the activity started at the...

March 01, 2016

50 m (164 feet) deep sinkhole opens up in Nordhausen destroying two buildings, Germany

A huge sinkhole opened up between two buildings in the city of Nordhausen, Thuringia, Germany on February 19, 2016. Nobody was injured, and the cause is still unknown. According to Jessica Piper, the spokesperson of the Nordhausen district, the crater is 30 meters...

February 21, 2016

Cliff collapse and large sinkhole in response to Christchurch earthquake, New Zealand

A cliff collapsed near the Taylor's Mistake Bay, Christchurch, New Zealand, on February 14, 2016, following an M5.7 earthquake recorded east of the city. Also, a large sinkhole formed on a Bower Ave, a local street in Christchurch, and the local road workers are...

February 15, 2016

Large sinkhole almost swallows a family in Peru

A large sinkhole almost swallowed an entire car with a three-member family in the northwestern Trujilo city in Peru, on February 4, 2016. The 5-m (16.4 feet) void opened up underneath the family car as they were driving along a road, media reported. The locals...

February 08, 2016

Second sinkhole opens along the Beach Boulevard, California

A second sinkhole opened along the promenade of Beach Boulevard, Pacifica in California, US, local authorities reported on February 4, 2016. The new void, located near the intersection of Paloma Avenue, is 7.6 m (25 feet) long, 0.9 m (3 feet) wide and 1.2 m (4 feet)...

February 06, 2016