Archive for the ‘Sinkholes’ Category

Aug 29, 2014

Farmers in southern Utah are scratching their heads and trying to figure out what caused an unusual phenomenon in an irrigation pond.

Earlier this week, Gary Dalton of Circleville discovered a mysterious crater that suddenly appeared under the water.

“The sun was just right,” Dalton said. “So, I saw this blasted thing that no one had ever seen.”

He noticed it after most of the water was drained from the pond for irrigation. Just beneath the surface he saw concentric circles in the pond bottom with a diameter of about 25 feet.

The outer ring is a circular depression filled with algae. An inner circle looks as though something erupted from beneath, forming what looks startlingly like a small volcanic crater.

“My heck, I guess that’s Martian art,” Dalton said. “I don’t know.”

Experts from the Utah Geological Survey took a look and were initially baffled as well.


Published on Apr 12, 2014

Giant sinkhole on the mainstreet in Tumon. Most people drive by and have no idea it’s there.


Around a dozen sinkholes have appeared at Baidam and Lakeside in Pokhara following incessant rainfall for the past four days.

A two storey building at Jorawar has developed cracks after two sinkholes appeared nearby. The house owner, Basanta Neupane, said his family cannot leave the house as they have no alternative.

Engineer Sharada Mohan Kafle at the Pokhara sub-metropolis said the change in the weather pattern, rapidly developing settlement and the lack of proper outlet for underground water may have caused the sinkholes.

Meanwhile, Geologist Krishna KC said though they conducted a survey of the sinkhole-prone areas in 1998 and submitted a report to the concerned authorities, no one bothered to go through it.

“If local residents and authorities concerned do not take preventive measures immediately, we will be heading towards a huge disaster,” he said, urging all the concerned to come up with a plan to address the situation in order to avoid damage to life and property.

According to the report, the areas between Bharabhari and Sardikhola in Pokhara to Bhimad in Tanahun are identified as the most sensitive places to sinkholes.



Locals terrorised as sinkholes appear in Pokhara

August 21, 2014

After Armala of Kaski district, the sinkhole terror has now hit the nearby tourist destination Pokhara.

A number of sinkholes that have appeared in Pokhara city has terrified the locals living under serious threat of destruction.

Over 105 sinkholes appeared in Armala village nearby Pokhara city last year, resulting in the displacement of as many as 65 families.

Senior Engineer of the Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City (PSMC), Sharada Mohan Kaphle, said at least five sinkholes appeared in Malepatan and Nadipur of Pokhara in last three days.

Lands in various parts of the city including Naya Bazaar, Bastolathar, Chipledhunga, Jarewar, Durbarthok and Nuwarthok caved-in in the past one month, according to locals.

A wall of a house at VC Marga of Nadipur in the district reportedly cracked after nearby land sunk last month.

Kaphle attributed the appearance of sinkholes to the incessant rainfall over past few days.

“The lands caved-in as the rainwater stored underground did not find any passage,” he said. “Proper management of underground pipelines can solve the problem.”

Geologist Khagendra Paudel also attributed the problem to underground water.

A geological study conducted in 1998 in Pokhara had identified Ratopairo, Phirkekhola, Gupteshwor Cave area and Chhorepatan as highly risky for human settlement.

Likewise, Mahendrapul, Nadipur, Tersapati, Chiledhunga, Old Buspark, New Road, Hariyo Kharka and Pardi were categorised as risky areas too.

The study had recommended banning construction of buildings within the 50 metre-radius of Seti River. However, the recommendation was never brought to implementation.


Published on Feb 4, 2014





Published on Dec 6, 2013

Aug 28, 2014

Police are reporting a sinkhole Thursday morning in west Napa.

The sinkhole, located in the 3300 block of Kensington Circle near Scenic Drive, is disrupting traffic and officers are on the scene, police said.

Police are advising people to avoid the area.

Police did not say if the sinkhole is believed to be caused by Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing aftershocks.

Published on Aug 28, 2014

Giant sinkhole in Bashkiria, similar “sinkhole”  in Russia (2012)

August 26, 2014

Road crews are expected to start fixing a sinkhole on the North Side on Tuesday.

The sinkhole was spotted yesterday afternoon on James Street, near Allegheny General Hospital.

James Street is blocked off in both directions, as crews worry the sinkhole could expand.

Todd Kiester sent us some video of the sinkhole, where you can see it easily goes down some 15 to 20 feet.

Crews will be on scene Tuesday to assess the hole and figure out the best way to fix it.

… North Side… must be somewhere NORTH! Arctic? … oh, Pittsburgh! Must be in the U.S.? There’s a lot of sinkholes there lately but that’s NORMAL, it’s because of limestone plus rain, we’ve already learned that.

Thank you, Headquarters, for the Information. It’s very educative for the working flock.

Do you have any NEW knowledge about popping sinkholes? Because, it’s getting slightly boring, always the same… what is not (full) truth. I’ll have to make some comments, and that’s not going to be nice.

(After this comment, I was without internet connection for one evening, as usual. It was not possible to surf although everything “works”.

So, again – THANK YOU, Headquarters, as now I know FOR SURE who is on the OTHER SIDE of this “story” without mentioning names. Nomina sunt odiosa, NSA et alii.)

August 24, 2014

A sinkhole is growing into a monster of a problem in northwest Indiana and Sunday night as mystery remains as to just whose problem it is to fix.

It measures about 40 feet wide and at its deepest 30 feet deep. Thanks to Saturday’s rain, Frank and Letitia Casto’s northwest Indiana backyard is now a huge sink hole.

It just keep dropping and swallowing trees and this is where we are at,” Letitia Casto said.

Where they are at is much different than where they began before the rain. The sink hole used to be about 4 feet wide and 6 feet deep. It has been a problem since the Casto’s moved in to their town home four years ago.

“I called city, they filled it with rock and covered with grass,” Letitia Casto said.

“We’ve been complaining to different people at this all this time, everybody keeps ignoring,” said Frank Caso. “It could have been a little problem; it is turned into a monster at this point.”

Aside from the enormity of the sink hole, the biggest problem is who is responsible for it, the Casto’s happen to live right on the border of three Indiana towns.

The sinkhole sits on an easement adjacent to the Casto’s property line. One half of their town home is in Dyer, the other half is in Schererville, Munster is across the street. Sewer pipes, gas and electrical lines underneath the sink hole are shared by all three municipalities.

“They were throwing it back and forth and no one would take responsibility for it and that’s what I got at this point,” said Letitia Casto.

All three towns are sending out engineers Monday. Until then, it is another sleepless night for the Castos as the growing sink hole is now about 20 feet from their backdoor.

I am shaking when I think about this,” …

Source, Video:

Aug 21, 2014

Teresa Treece … three years ago, a sinkhole opened up in their backyard. .

It started just getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I reported it last November to the insurance company. They had engineers come out and it is a sinkhole underneath the house,” said Treece.

Treece said her home is slowly sinking. Shifting has cracked the foundation and caused several problems inside.

“My son’s bedroom has got to be replaced, the bathroom, the hall. The kitchen door won’t come all the way open because where it’s sinking down,” said Treece.

Treece put a marble on the floor to demonstrate how uneven it is, and it rolled across the floor without any pushing. The same thing happened in her son’s room, where the sheetrock is bulging and the floor is coming up.

“He sleeps at a friend’s house right now because he’s afraid to sleep at the house. If he sleeps here, he sleeps in the living room or in my bedroom, because his bedroom is too out of commission,” said Treece.

When a storm comes, the house sinks even more:

When it does rain really bad, you can hear the house settle, you can hear it pop, where it’s going into the hole,” said Treece.

Treece said her insurance company has given her about $35,000 to fix her home, but she said she can’t find anyone to do the work. That’s because contractors have told Treece before they can fix the house, someone has to fix the sinkhole, and she can’t find anyone to do that.

Moving could be an option, but she doesn’t think anyone will buy a home in danger of sinking into the ground.


Published on Aug 5, 2014

… another sinkhole in Maryville? or the same…?

Published on Aug 23, 2014


Aug 24, 204

A 100ft sinkhole has appeared yards from a farmer’s house in County Durham, north-east England.

The hole was discovered on Thursday morning and is so deep that the bottom cannot be seen at one end.

The chasm continues to grow and has prompted fears of a further collapse when forecasted heavy rains arrive.

John Hensby, 71, said the hole near his home could be linked to 19th-century iron or lead mining in the area, although he has not been able to find evidence of a shaft that may have collapsed.

“It is astonishing - if you could have heard the bangs, crashes and rumbles when it first happened you would understand how terrifying it was,” he told The Daily Mail.

“My partner Sam had been walking one of our dogs when she found it on our land around 80 metres away from our house.

“The land is surrounded by a sheep farm and there are two or three around at the moment. If a sheep was to fall down the hole then that would be the end of it. It would be the same for our two dogs. You wouldn’t be able to get to them or even see them.”

Hensby said small holes have appeared in the area from time-to-time, but none as large as the current sinkhole have ever been seen before.

“Some council experts came to inspect the hole yesterday, but we are not sure what can be done,” he added. “We are crossing our fingers it doesn’t get much bigger, but it is approaching a public footpath now.” …



A crane retrieved a BMW from a sinkhole that formed in a Toronto driveway after a water main break.

The sinkhole started forming in a driveway outside a condominium townhouse near Warden Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East.

The BMW began to sink into the ground, starting with its back wheels.

Several hours later, a crane arrived on scene and lifted the vehicle out of danger.

A water main break was the culprit that caused the sinkhole to form. 

It took the city about two hours to shut off the water supply, a resident told CBC News. …