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A giant sinkhole opens in North London, 58 homes affected

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A massive sinkhole opened up on a street in St Albans, North London, UK, in the middle of the night of October 1, 2015, media reports.

The huge crater, which started as a small hole on the road only a couple of days ago, is now 20 meters (66 feet) wide and 10 meters (33 feet) deep. 

Video credit: Breaking 1

Families in the Hertfordshire cul-de-sac have been shocked when the sinkhole spread out across a big part of their neighborhood. At least 10 people have been evacuated, and luckily no deaths have been reported, according to the fire service.

The sinkhole is thought to have been caused by the leak in the water main. 

58 homes in the affected area have been cut off the gas, water and power supplies and some families are still unable to return safely to their homes, and are being re-housed by the local authorities.

"Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Services were called to the scene at 1.30 am this morning. Overnight the county council's resilience team swooped in and organized the evacuation. St Albans City and District Council set up an evacuation center at Batchwood Leisure Center," a spokesperson of the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

Featured image: A massive sinkhole, St Albans street, North London, October 1, 2015. Image credit: Breaking 1, Drone footage

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