Sinkholes

Car disappears in Ufa sinkhole, Urals, Russia

At least 6 meters (20 feet) deep sinkhole opened up on November 25, 2016 in the city of Ufa, Urals, Russia and slowly swallowed a car. The owner of Lada Kalina called rescuers and frantically waited for them to show up as she watched her car slowly disappear. By...

November 28, 2016

World's biggest cluster of sinkholes found in Hanzhong, China

Geologists have confirmed that a group of 49 sinkholes discovered in the mountains near Hanzhong city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province contains the largest number of such a rare geological phenomena in the world. The scientists took about four months to...

November 26, 2016

Large sinkhole opens on a highway in Algeria, swallows 5 cars

A large sinkhole has opened up on a highway near Ben Aknoun, a commune of Algiers Province and a suburb of the city of Algiers in northern Algeria, on November 18, 2016. Five cars fell into the hole, injuring a total of 11 people. According to the Nassim Bernaoui,...

November 18, 2016

Huge sinkhole swallows gardens in Ripon, England

A 20-meter (66 feet) wide sinkhole appeared in the gardens of Ripon, North Yorkshire, England on November 9, 2016, prompting emergency evacuations of seven houses in the area. The sinkhole formed at the rear of two properties in Ripon, swallowing the houses'...

November 11, 2016

Massive sinkhole in Fukuoka, nearby buildings might collapse

A huge sinkhole opened up in downtown Fukuoka, disrupting traffic and power supply across the city. Authorities said the cave-in could cause buildings to collapse and evacuated nearby areas. The hole opened up at 05:15 JST on November 8 (20:15 UTC, November 7) at...

November 08, 2016

Large sinkhole opens after strong earthquakes hit Greece

A large sinkhole opened up on October 22, 2016, 30 km (18 miles) west of the city of Ioannina in western Greece. Experts believe the hole was caused by a series of earthquakes which started last week. The sinkhole is estimated to have a depth of 20 - 30 meters (65 -...

October 22, 2016

Large sinkhole opens near the City of Suffolk, Virginia

A large sinkhole has opened up on a road near the City of Suffolk, Virginia on the morning of Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The sinkhole is about 4.5 x 6 m (15 x 20 feet) and about 4.5 m (15 feet) deep, officials said. The Virginia Department of Transportation is on...

October 11, 2016

Giant sinkhole swallows 4 people and 3 cars in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou

A giant sinkhole has suddenly opened up around 19:30 local time on August 1, 2016, on the Zhengzhou Zhongyuan Road near the Cultural Palace Road in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, Henan Province. The hole was estimated to be about 30 meters long (98 feet) and 45...

August 02, 2016

Big sinkhole filled with swirling water opens near Ipswich home, Australia

A big sinkhole filled with swirling water opened today, August 2, 2016, in a backyard of a house in Ipswich, west of Brisbane, Australia. A review of historical mine maps and plans in the area was underway as part of the investigation into the possible cause. Since...

August 02, 2016

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