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 happened to be at the right spot and the right time to open up underneath the roadway," said Tim Woerther, the Wildwood Mayor.
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The sinkhole formed in the part of St. Louis County, well known for its karst landscape and limestone underground, prone to sinkholes. Just after its formation, the void was less than a meter (3 feet) in circumference, while the real danger was lurking below the pavement, media reports.
"Water gets into (the limestone) and eats it away, basically rots it out. So ultimately it creates those voids underneath the ground. In this case it happened to be underneath the roadway, finally it worked itself up. It's a pretty big void at this point," Woerther explained.
Local authorities are planning to fill the hole with rock and then re-pave it. The road should be re-opened during the coming weekend.
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