Sinkholes

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

Big sinkhole forms in Wildwood, Missouri

A huge sinkhole opened on the late afternoon of February 2, 2016 (local time) in Wildwood, Missouri, US. The void is approximately 6 m (20 feet) wide and up to 12.2 m (40 feet) deep in places. "Safety is the biggest concern. It’s a rural road. It just...

February 04, 2016

Massive sinkhole closes coastal highway in southwest Oregon

A massive sinkhole, the largest in the last 20 years, formed in a parking lot between the Fireside Diner and a Chevron gas station along US 101 in Harbor, Oregon, and caused a part coastal highway in the area to close down during the last week. The hole, caused by...

February 01, 2016

Intense storms cause sinkholes to form in Santa Cruz, California

The stormy weather brought huge tides to Santa Cruz County in California over the last three months, causing two sections of the coast to crush. Some of the swells that hit the coastline last week were between 2.7 and 4.6 m (9 and 15 foot) high, according to media...

January 27, 2016

Large sinkhole swallows the road in Gresham, Portland

A large sinkhole swallowed a part of the road on Northeast Kane Drive in Gresham, Portland on December 8, 2015. The road collapsed and was split in half in an event which occurs roughly every 100 years, local media reports. Abundant amounts of rainfall which set new...

December 09, 2015

Numerous large sinkholes urge residents of Nayanoripalle, India to evacuate

Following a period of heavy rainfall, multiple sinkholes have appeared across the grounds of Nayanoripalle village in Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh State, India. Local officials ordered local residents to evacuate the area on November 22, 2015. Large sinkholes...

November 23, 2015