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November 21, 2014

A water main break led to (is consequence of) a massive sinkhole in Bethlehem Township, Pa. on Thursday, one that was still causing problems for local residents on Friday.

A truck from the utility PPL fell into the sinkhole around midnight.

It was removed but, late Friday morning, a dump truck from the local sewer and water authority also fell in as the sinkhole spread across the road.

That truck has also been removed.

The first truck came to rest on a 4-inch high-pressure natural gas line.

The line was not ruptured and there was no gas leak.

However, authorities shut off gas and water service in the area as a precaution and evacuated all homes within a 300-foot radius forcing more than 30 people out of their homes.

Most of those people have been allowed to return, but one family will have to stay with relatives. They’ve been told there is a crack in their foundation.

Chopper 6 video from the scene shows the driveway buckled.

A total of 88 homes are without gas, which means no heat.

UGI says they cannot turn the gas back on until the water line repairs are finished.

Local officials say they have problems with sinkholes in the area.

“There’s a lot of rock in this area, this area is prone to sinkholes. The bedding around the pipe was not well installed when it was put in back in the ’60s when the line was originally put in. So, we’ve experienced quite a few line breaks over the years,” said Edward Boscola of the Bethlehem Water and Sewer Authority.

City officials say the area around the sinkhole has been stabilized. Work is now underway to clear the hole and repair it.



Published on Nov 1, 2014

Nov. 18, 2014

A large sinkhole opened in Newark Avenue near Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City yesterday morning, causing police to divert traffic for several hours while repairs were made.

An 8-foot-deep sinkhole was first reported at around 8:30 a.m. and was caused by an apparent sewer pipe collapse (is a consequence) during Monday’s rainstorm, which caused the street to sink and settle, a Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority official said.

A city contractor arrived on the scene at around 10:30 a.m. with a backhoe to fix the 12-foot-wide sinkhole, while police closed off a portion of the Newark Avenue from Kennedy Boulevard to Tonnelle Avenue.

The hole was filled, and traffic was restored by 1:30 p.m., Jersey City Public Safety spokeswoman Carly Baldwin said.

The hole was originally 8 feet deep and approximately 7 feet wide, but the repair crew used the backhoe to open the hole wider so it could be properly filled, authorities said.



Published on Nov 19, 2014


Uralkali shares plunged for a second straight day after a sinkhole was discovered at one of its mines in Russia’s Perm region.

The company suspended work at the mine on Tuesday after a water inflow at the Solikamsk-2 potash mine, which accounts for around 20% of the company’s production.

… The extent of the damage was not immediately clear but a water inflow at a different Uralkali mine in 2006 resulted in the operation being shut down permanently.

The sinkhole was uncovered around 3.5km east of the mine, the regional emergency ministry said on Wednesday, and measured 20 by 30 metres in area.

In a worst case scenario, the company could lose as much as 30% of its net profit in 2015, the banking firm said.


… Fertilizer companies surged Tuesday amid a report that Uralkali evacuated its Solikamsk-2 mine.

According to Uralkali, “A sinkhole with a diameter of 30-40 metres has been detected to the east of the Solikamsk-2 production site, outside the metropolitan area. To ensure safety in the area of potential soil subsidence, access to the site has been prohibited.

“The Solikamsk-2 minefield is adjacent to the Solikamsk-1 minefield. Together with geologists from leading scientific establishments, the Company continues to closely monitor these minefields and will provide further updates on the situation in due course.” …

Source . Reuters

Published on Nov 19, 2014

… in video only statement, there is no image of sinkhole


… previous one formed in the area

Oct 31, 2014

A water main break in Hanover caused a road to collapse Friday morning.

The break on Cedar Street, between Tucker Road and Ridge Hill, caused significant delays to traffic…


14 November 2014

Delays are ongoing on the M25, after part of the road surface collapsed.

Surrey Police is on scene.


Published on Nov 10, 2014

A vehicle was swallowed by what appeared to be a growing sinkhole in a community not far from Tampa, Fla. on Monday. A local TV station reports a number of families living in nearby homes were evacuated.

Published on Nov 10, 2014


Six homes in a central Florida community were evacuated after an apparent sinkhole swallowed a Hyundai.

The hole developed in a driveway in the Holiday Travel Park community in Pasco County near Tampa shortly after a woman parked her car there Monday morning.

“She got out of the car, took a couple of steps and the car started sinking,” said Caroline Bowser, a witness who was visiting her brother in the neighborhood.

Doug Tobin, a spokesman for he county, said the hole grew quicklyfrom 4-foot square to 10-foot square, engulfing the Hyundai Accent. It continued to grow into the afternoon, although more slowly.

Sinkholes are especially common in Florida, where marine limestone is the underlying rock. The hole in Holiday cannot be declared a sinkhole until it has been examined by geologists.

Anna Maria Boi Jones, who lost her car, and Larry Pickering, property manager at Holiday Travel Park, blamed construction work at a nearby sewage plant for the hole.

“They’ve been drawing water for the last couple of weeks out of here and we believe that maybe they got into one of the aquifers,” Pickering said.

Pickering said the hole continued to grow Monday night, although it was getting deeper rather than wider.



For RSOE EDIS this is a category Landslide:

A 10 foot deep sink hole that opened up Monday in a driveway is growing and threatening to destroy everything nearby. Within minutes, a car was swallowed up by the car, and the woman who lives inside the home grabbed almost everything she owned from inside and evacuated. Several families, including neighbor Penny Sharp are forced to do the same. “I don’t know how safe my house could be. I can’t go home. We’re all in the same boat,” says Sharp. Just 30 feet away, another spot in the ground has opened up. Officials say the sink hole that swallowed the car does not appear to be getting wider, however it is getting deeper. In 2013, there were over 250 sinkholes that opened up. Officials are trying to make sure these holes in particular don’t cause any more damage.


Nov 9, 2014

Ayesha Parker, a Parow woman, narrowly escaped death when the road underneath her car collapsed. The next moment, her car had sunk deep into the earth and all that surrounded her was gravel. 

The sinkhole covered the entire car right up to the roof. Luckily, she was pulled out of her car by a couple who witnessed the dramatic incident. As they did that, the car sunk further and immediately started to fill with water.

After investigation, it seems that (a consequence was) a water main broke and created the cavity.

The road that was covered by the tar had eventually weakened to the point that it fell into the hole that had been building up for a while.


Published on Oct 5, 2014

Published on Nov 6, 2014

A water main break spilling “a million” gallons of water caused a massive sinkhole in Goffe Street Thursday evening.

“It’s huge,” District Fire Chief Mark Pelletier said while water gushed from the sinkhole toward Second Street. “When we got here, more of the road buckled and some of the sidewalk.”

About 19 people left their homes in a voluntary evacuation to seek shelter at hotels or at the William Cashin Community Center, Pelletier said.

“Our basement is completely full,” 89 Goffe Road resident Mike Houle said while his family carried bags containing some of their possessions.

Houle said they were planning to rent a hotel room for the night.

The water’s up to here,” he said while holding his hand over his head.

Dave Paris, director of the city Water Department, said breaks and leaks are common as temperatures get colder, but don’t usually cause as much damage as Thurday’s break did.

This is a major leak, no doubt,” he said. “I think we’ve lost about a million gallons of water.”

He moved back a perimeter about 20 feet from the sinkhole established by the Fire Department. “The reality is, it could be leaking right under us,” he said.

By shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, crews had isolated the break and shut off the torrent that left basements flooded and a large section of the street washed away.

“I would think that a fair amount of the road will need to be rebuilt,” he said.



Published on Nov 6, 2014

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