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Old 01-06-2010, 12:54 AM   #1
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Tropical storm leaves more than 115 dead in Central America

May 31, 2010 7:15 p.m. EDT


The office of Guatemala's president handed
out this aerial view of a crater that opened
up after Agatha hit.

(CNN) -- At least 115 people have died after a tropical storm battered Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador over the weekend, officials in those countries reported.

Guatemala was hit hardest, with at least 92 deaths, 54 people missing and 59 injured, emergency officials said. Nearly 112,000 people have been evacuated and more than 29,000 areliving in temporary shelters, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom said in an address to the nation late Sunday.

The devastation has been widespread throughout Guatemala with mudslides destroying homes and buildings and burying some victims. At least nine rivers have dramatically higher levels and 13 bridges have collapsed, the nation's emergency services said.

In the northern part of Guatemala City, the downpour created a giant sinkhole that swallowed up a space larger than the area of a street intersection. Residents told CNN that a three-story building and a house fell into the hole.

A local newspaper reported that a private security guard was killed when the sinkhole opened up, but authorities had not confirmed the fatality. Residents said that a poor sewage drainage system underground was to blame for the sinkhole. A similar hole opened up nearby last year, they said.

Classes have been canceled this week throughout the nation.

In Honduras, where 14 people have died, President Porfirio Lobo declared a state of emergency Sunday.

Nearly 3,500 people have been evacuated from their homes and nearly 3,300 are living in shelters, the Honduran emergency agency said Monday. More than 140 homes have been destroyed and another 700 have been damaged, the Permanent Commission for Emergencies reported.

The situation in El Salvador, where nine people died, was improving Monday, officials said. The rain stopped Sunday afternoon and river levels were beginning to diminish, officials said. Classes nationwide remained canceled, however, until further notice.

More rain was possibly forecast for Monday, though, and Salvadoran officials said they were closely monitoring the situation.

Agatha was demoted from a tropical storm to a tropical depression Saturday night and lost its status as a depression Sunday evening.

It was the first named storm for the Pacific hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season starts Tuesday.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americ...ex.html?hpt=T1
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Experts investigate giant sinkhole

June 2, 2010, 10:33 am

Geologists are investigating what caused a giant sinkhole to open up in Guatemala City, swallowing an entire intersection.

The hole is 20 meters across and plunges nearly 30 meters deep.

A clothing factory and a house were reportedly lost in the hole, but so far, no deaths have been reported.

Geologists say the cause is still a mystery,

"I can tell you what it's not: It's not a geological fault, and it's not the product of an earthquake," said David Monterroso, a geophysics engineer at the National Disaster Management Agency. "That's all we know. We're going to have to descend."

Crews are waiting for blueprints of the city's drainage system before completing their investigations.

Neighbours said a weekend security guard at the factory was spared because he had left to look after his house, which flooded from heavy rain as Tropical Storm Agatha bore down on Central America. The storm has killed at least 179 people.

Dozens are still missing, thousands have lost homes and emergency crews are struggling to reach isolated communities cut off by washed-out roads and collapsed bridges caused by Tropical Storm Agatha.

Local residents near the sinkhole said it was a miracle no factory workers died.

"The boys were lucky," resident Honora Oliva said. "They left at six that afternoon, an hour before the earth opened up."

Many people living nearby have moved out over fears the hole may expand.

In 2007, a similar sinkhole opened up not far from this week's cavern. Three people died and several homes were swallowed. It was blamed on rain and an underground sewage flow.

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again? there was another one in 2007 around there
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The hole is 20 meters across and plunges nearly 30 meters deep.
Correction: The hole is 110 meters deep at least. 330 feet deep. As what I read on a source today, but forgot the link.

How are the authorities going to fill that hole up is the question. It would take an entire hill of earth, that's for sure. Thousands of lorry loads.

Edit: Yeah, it is 330 feet deep (about 30 stories). http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/...2Nmi.m58Z1fNdF

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Guatemala Sinkhole Created by Humans, Not Nature
30-story-deep chasm not a true sinkhole, but a "piping feature."


The sinkhole appeared Sunday in downtown
Guatemala City, swallowing a three-story
building.

Ker Than
for National Geographic News
Published June 3, 2010

Human activity, not nature, was the likely cause of the gaping sinkhole that opened up in the streets of Guatemala City on Sunday, a geologist says.

A burst sewer pipe or storm drain probably hollowed out the underground cavity that allowed the chasm to form, according to Sam Bonis, a geologist at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, who is currently living in Guatemala City (map).

The Guatemala City sinkhole, estimated to be 60 feet (18 meters) wide and 300 feet (100 meters) deep, appears to have been triggered by the deluge from tropical storm Agatha.

But the cavity formed in the first place because the city—and its underground infrastructure—were built in a region where the first few hundred meters of ground are mostly made up of a material called pumice fill, deposited during past volcanic eruptions.

"Lots of times, volcanic pumice originates as a flow [of loose, gravel-like particles], and because of the heat and the weight, it becomes welded into solid rock," Bonis said.

"In Guatemala City [the pumice is] unconsolidated, it's loose," he said. "It hasn't been hardened into a rock yet, so it's easily eroded, especially by swift running water."

In general, the zoning regulations and building codes in Guatemala City are poor, Bonis said, and the few regulations that exist are often ignored. That means leaking pipes could have gone unfixed long enough to create the right conditions for the sinkhole. (Related pictures: "How Humans Can Trigger Earthquakes.")

In fact, Bonis thinks calling the Guatemala City chasm a sinkhole is a misnomer—a true sinkhole is an entirely natural phenomenon. There is no scientific term for what happened in Guatemala, he said, adding that he recommends the pit be dubbed a piping feature.

Guatemala Sinkhole Not a Sinkhole


Natural sinkholes generally form when heavy, water-saturated soil causes the roof of an underground limestone cavity to collapse, or when water widens a natural fracture in limestone bedrock.

But there is no limestone beneath the section of Guatemala City where the new sinkhole appeared, at least not at the depth at which the hole formed, Bonis said.

"There may be limestone thousands of meters beneath the city, but not hundreds of meters," he said.

Instead, nature likely sped up a process set in motion by human actions. (Related: "'Mud Volcano' in Indonesia Caused by Gas Exploration, Study Says.")

Recent eruptions of several volcanoes in Guatemala covered the city in a fresh layer of volcanic ash. If this material got into the city's pipes and drains, it may have clogged the passageways, making ruptures more likely, Bonis said.

Heavy rains from tropical storm Agatha may also have overloaded underground sewage or drainage pipes, leading to a growing cavity that eventually collapsed, Bonis speculated.

The geologist added that the new sinkhole shares remarkable similarities with a sinkhole that formed in Guatemala City in 2007.

"Both of these things occurred in the same general part of town. They look the same," he said. "It's more than a coincidence, especially if they trace" any faulty pipes associated with the 2010 sinkhole to pipes near the 2007 sinkhole.

Guatemala City Sewer Inspections a Must

The danger should not have been news to officials in Guatemala City, noted Bonis, who used to work for the Guatemalan government's national geology institute.

As part of a volunteer team that investigated the 2007 sinkhole, Bonis co-authored a report warning the Guatemalan government that similar holes will very likely keep appearing unless action is taken to inspect the city's sewer system for weaknesses. (Watch video of sewer divers in Mexico City.)

The government never replied, Bonis said—possibly due to a lack of funds.

"There's a minimum of regulation, because that's money that the government doesn't have," he said.

But, he added, "there's got to be ways of inspecting the sewer system. ... These are things that have to be done."

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Giant sinkholes appear across China

Fri Jun 18 2010 16:32:16




Dozens of sinkholes have emerged across in China in recent weeks, triggering fears of earthquakes.

Craters of different sizes have been seen in a vast area of land stretching across eastern and southern China's Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Sichuan, Hunan, Jiangsu and Guangxi province, state media reported.

In Ningxiang county in central Hunan Province, the toilet of a farmer's home collapsed, but nobody was injured, official Xinhua news agency reported.

Days earlier, a giant sinkhole swallowed up the entire playground of a primary school in the county.

Another hole with an 80m diameter opened up in the same county recently and families living nearby were soon evacuated from the dangerous areas.

Cheng Jie, a geological expert from the China University of Geoscience, said: "I think it is very unlikely that the sinkholes were caused by human activities. It is mainly a result of natural causes, like the sharp weather changes from extreme droughts to heavy rainstorms."


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Workers from Southern Ohio Trenching and
Excavating spend the afternoon freeing an
excavator from a nine foot sink hole on
Railroad Street, between Fifth and Sixth
Streets, in Ironton Friday afternoon.

Sinkhole swallows excavator
Aging sewers cited as culprit


Published Friday, June 18, 2010



A piece of excavating equipment and its operator fell into a 9-feet-deep sinkhole while work was being done on the city’s sewer system Thursday.

Construction workers were attempting to repair a sewer line on Railroad Street at

Sixth Street in Ironton when the pavement gave way and the equipment fell.

Teddy Bamer, a 20 year employee of Southern Ohio Trenching and Excavating, was operating the equipment when the incident occurred.

“I just fell in the hole,” Bamer said.

“Something like that is just like a car wreck. It happens so fast and then it’s over.” The man was not injured in the incident.

Southern Ohio Excavating is a subcontractor of Reynolds Inliner, which has been contracted for the city’s $12 million sewer re-lining project.

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth streets at Railroad were already closed to traffic because of relining work being done in the area.

The sewer pipes under the road were not functioning and a temporary bypass pipe had been set up to service the areas of Indian Hills and the area of the high school.

The excavator had not even broken through the concrete to make the repair when it fell into the sinkhole around 11 a.m. Thursday.

Mayor Rich Blankenship lives on Railroad Street and saw the incident happen.

He said the sinkhole is indicative of a citywide problem with the sewer system.

“This is the condition of a lot of our sewers in town,” Blankenship said. “They’re 100 years old and they’ve run their course.”

John Haskins, superintendent of wastewater for the city, agreed.

“Our sewers are so bad they have the ability to create sinkholes everywhere,” he said.

The city is in the middle of a rehabilitation project for its manholes and sewer lines. Blankenship said the work is much needed.

“Once it’s over we’re going to have a whole new sewer line,” Blankenship said. “It’s better to fix it now than wait.”

He said the project is important to the city.

“I know it’s an inconvenience for people to drive around but it’s very important and we have to fix this,” Blankenship said.

http://www.irontontribune.com/news/2...ows-excavator/
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Sinkhole forces a dozen families to flee their homes

The hole, near the USF campus, swallowed a car



A Toyota sits at the bottom of a sinkhole that opened Sunday, July 11, 2010, at a condominium complex near USF.

TBO.com

Published: July 11, 2010

Updated: 03:44 pm


TAMPA - Nearly a dozen families evacuated their homes this morning after a sinkhole opened in their condominium complex's parking lot, near the University of South Florida campus.

The sinkhole was reported at 6:09 a.m. today, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Chief Frank Fernandez said.

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping four of the families find temporary housing.

Eleven of the building's 12 units were occupied, and emergency officials cut off utilities to the building.

The hole swallowed a Toyota Camry, which was still visible when a deputy arrived but had disappeared by the time firefighters got there a few minutes later, Fernandez said.

The sinkhole at the Bordeaux Village Condominiums, 12701 N. 50th St., is about 20 feet wide, 10 feet deep and is continuing to grow, Fernandez said.

The families will be out of their homes until the sinkhole stabilizes. The condominium association has called in a company to stabilize the hole.


http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/jul...ndos-near-usf/


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Updated: 8:32 PM Jul 14, 2010

Neighbors concerned about large sinkhole



A sinkhole has folks in one Lexington neighborhood on edge.

Posted: 5:40 PM Jul 14, 2010

A sinkhole has folks in one Lexington neighborhood on edge.

It's outside a home on Trailwood Lane, that's off Alexandria Drive.

To make sure no one falls in to this sinkhole, there is a safety fence surrounding it, and it goes down about six feet.

Concerned neighbors have a lot of questions, and concerns that more sinkholes will pop up.

"I wonder is this going to happen to my property too," says Alisha Lewhew, who's house is near sink hole.

The home owner association president has been doing his best to give answers and advice.

"Our top priority is safety," says Luke Nentzer.

The neighborhood is less than ten years old, some who have not lived here long, are worried about safety.

City officials have told 27 NEWSFIRST they are sending an inspector to the sinkhole to determine who is responsible for repairing the damage the sink hole has done.

http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/98454969.html

Another sink hole we have here. I wasn't able to get a video link that would play here in the post, and the picture you see is a screen shot I grabbed. In the video, the sink hole was described as being 6 feet deep and 7 feet wide. It's been secured with fencing but the people in that neighborhood are wondering if another will happen and if home owners insurance will cover it.

I don't know, but these sink holes have sure been happening with increasing frequency in diverse places it would seem!

What on earth could be causing it?
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Sinkhole plug sinks, leaving residents in limbo

Published: July 16, 2010

The limestone boulders and eight dump truck loads of sand that weredumped into a yawning 25-foot-wide sinkhole didn't do much to plug the dirt-draining geological phenomenon. The fill itself sank about 5 feet Thursday night, indicating the pit is still alive.

And that means the residents of the 12-unit building located within feet of the cavity won't be moving back home any time soon.

Those residents were evacuated on Sunday after power and water to the building were shut off. Since then, inspectors have noticed small cracks in an exterior wall, but no significant structural damage. The sinkhole is located in the back parking lot of the Bordeaux Village Condominiums on 50th Street, north of Fowler Avenue.

Workers spent all day Thursday dumping 20 tons of boulders into the pit, followed by 80 cubic yards of sand. The measure was not a permanent fix, engineers said, but a temporary plug so that ground penetrating radar could be placed above the hole to take subterranean measurements.

Engineers were expected back on Monday to try to figure out how to stabilize the ground.

Patrick Garrett, spokesman for North American Insurance Consultants, which represents the condominium homeowners' association, said engineers are trying to determine "what the geology looks like underneath the hole to see what it will take to stop it or whether it can be stopped at all in a way that makes the condos once again livable."

The sinkhole swallowed a 1995 Toyota Camry, which sank out of sight within a couple of hours. Removing the vehicle proved to be too difficult and yanking it out of the hole would only destabilize the soil further, engineers said.

Marielle Westerman, an attorney representing the condominium's homeowners' association, said Friday that it is still uncertain when the displaced residents can return to their homes.

"At this time we don't have any estimate on when the residents will return," she said. She is pushing the engineers to do the testing, "because only the testing will allow us to know what type of permanent fix we can develop – if any – for this sinkhole feature.

"Once the testing is done – it begins on Monday – they'll have a better idea when residents can return," she said. Engineers don't feel there is any immediate danger to other residents in the complex, she said.

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/jul...ents-in-limbo/
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Another Sinkhole!! N.J. Parking garage collapses at Hackensack apart

N.J. Parking garage collapses at Hackensack apartment building
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201...lapses_at.html

Video from News 12 New Jersey's helicopter show a large sink hole near the garage and chunks of the rubble along the exterior of the garage's bottom two floors.
This just posted at one of my groups. I read the account, but there's no mention of a sinkhole and when I watched the video, I heard that the lobby fell down causing the parking garage below to collapse.

I'm going to post it here regardless.



N.J. parking garage collapses at Hackensack apartment building

Published: Friday, July 16, 2010, 1:31 PM


Lt. Stephen Lindner, center, from the
Hackensack Fire Department, announces that
they believe one person remains trapped in
the collapsed underground parking garage of
a high rise apartment building located at 300
Prospect Avenue in Hackensack. The
condition of the victim is not known at this
time. He also informed residents that they
will not be allowed back inside the structure
until it is determined to be safe. The collapse
also caused the glass and steel entranceway
to fall away from the building.


HACKENSACK — Rescuers are trying to reach one person trapped in a car in a parking garage at a New Jersey apartment building tower that collapsed this morning.

Hackensack fire Lt. Stephen Lindner says the emergency workers can see the victim but can't get to the person because they are concerned about the possibility of another collapse. They could not determine the victim's condition.

Lindner says authorities are checking out reports that two to three more people might also be trapped.

The collapse at the Hackensack Towers at 300 Prospect Ave. was reported at around 10 a.m. Authorities said two or three floors of the apartment building's parking garage collapsed. It is unclear if anyone has been trapped . The garage is on the bottom floors of the building.

Lindner said the apartment building has been evacuated and traffic has been stopped around the tower due to fears that vibrations from vehicles could cause additional collapses.

Lindner describe the parking garage as a “pancake collapse” where floors fell on top of each other. As firefighters continue to search for victims, they will be putting up blocks to support the walls. The biggest imminent danger is another collapse, according to Lindner .

The cause has yet to be determined but authorities said they believed there was construction in the area that may have led to the collapse, Lindner said.

Video reports from the scene shows the front metal and glass canopy that covered the driveway and entrance collapsed and pulled away from the 18-story structure, according to MyFoxNY.com


A portion of the parking garage at the
Hackensack Towers collapsed this morning.


Authorities said the overhang at the front of the building collapsed and fell into the three-level parking garage, causing the secondary collapse of that structure.

Prospect Towers resident Rachel LaValle, 26, had just driven out of her spot on the bottom level of the garage at around 10 a.m. this morning when she heard an alarm sound. As she rounded the second ramp in the garage toward the exit, she saw smoke.

"I couldn't see past the cloud. I was staring and then the cloud cleared and I could see dirt pipe and concrete--everything," LaValle said, saying her exit suddenly disappeared. "It was blocked by the collapse."

When she got out of her car to examine the wreckage, someone form the balcony yelled at her to get out. She got back in the car, turned it around and was going to go back to her spot but then parked it as soon as possible. She ran in circles trying to get out until she reluctantly took one of the stairwells.

"I peaked in each doorway as I went up. There was water everywhere," LaValle said, noting that the area of the garage where she had to leave her car seemed to have been spared.

She said she wasn't surprised that the garage collapsed because the structure had been under repair for the past four months with various sections cordoned off.

When she got up to the ground level she saw the hole.

"If you were the doorman and walked out of the front door you would have fallen into a 100 by 100 foot hole," LaValle said adding, "It's a little surreal I guess."

Officials are attempting to account for residents of the building and ask people who live there to call the police at (201) 646-7777 to verify they are safe.

Steve Lolacono, Hackensack city manager, told News 12 New Jersey the investigation into the cause would likely take some time.

"The scene itself where the collapse occurred, it looks like a war zone," Lolacono said, during an interview broadcast on News 12. "We're going to be here for quite some time to get this thing unraveled."

Lauren Pascual, a 24-year-old student who lives on Golf Place a block away from Prospect Towers, said she was leaving her building when she learned of the collapse.

“Usually you can see the roof when you walk down the block, now there’s nothing,” Pascual said, of the front of the structure. “There were firetrucks, ambulances, fire chiefs, helicopters, pretty much every Hackensack official you could name- they were there."

Joanne Rose, secretary at Temple Beth-el near the apartment tower, was working this morning when she heard sirens outside. Officials had closed off Prospect Avenue and nearby Golf Place from traffic, as police cars and firetrucks -- as well as curious onlookers with their cell phone cameras -- crowded the streets.

When officials told her part of the apartment collapsed, her mind immediately raced to two temple congregants whose families live there.

"It's so scary," Rose said. "I can't get hold of them. I called both of them. I left messages."

Real estate websites describe the Prospect Towers as an 18-story high-rise building with a full-time concierge, pool, and sun deck.

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http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201...lapses_at.html


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And here, I recall an "expert" say that buildings in America don't pancake collapse.

Guys, if you don't know what the "triangle of life" is, learn. Teach your children NOT to get under the desk or a table if there's an Earthquake.
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2010: List of Sinkholes Updated 7/16/10

A run down of the major sinkholes in 2010, with pictures.

About a week ago, something crazy happened in Guatemala. A massive sinkhole appeared. Sinkholes are nothing new, but this one is very large and grabbed a lot of people’s attention. It really got my attention. The problem is, this is only one of many strange and large sinkholes that have been popping up all over the world lately. Pair that with an increase in earthquake and volcanic activity, and it appears to me that we have some major earth changes going on right under our noses…

So many sinkholes, so little time.

Some major sinkholes so far, for 2010:


Another Update: 7/16/10, Hackensack, New Jersey Multi Story Parking lot collapses from sinkhole

UPDATE Since I first wrote this…as of 7/13/10, I have a few more to add to the list:

Tampa Florida (July 12, 2010, Parking lot)

St. Louis County, MO (July 6, 2010, 270 and 367 in Bellefontaine Neighbors)

East Chicago, IL (June 22, 2010)

Birmingham, Alabama I-65 (July 8, 2010)

Nashville, TN (June 29, 2010, LP Field)


Oklahoma (June 2, 2010. Tulsa
area, Interstate 44)

Guatemala (May 31, 2010. See photo
below.)

Tennessee (May 19, 2010. Large hole in Interstate 24.)

Canada (May 12, 2010. Quebec; swallows house and family of four.)

Texas (January 2010. Multiple locations in San Antonio area.)

Florida (January 2010. Central Florida, Interstate 4.)

China (June 2010, on going in multiple locations.)

Portland (Late 2009/early 2010, multiple locations.)

Some pictures of sinkholes:

Guatemala 2010 sinkhole:


Moscow November 2009:


Los Angles September 2009:


Moscow April 2009:


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Car falls into sinkhole in Dupont Circle


Part of a street in the Dupont Circle area of Northwest Washington was closed Saturday evening after a hole opened in the pavement, partially trapping a car, authorities said.

The hole was reported about 7 p.m. near the curb in the 1500 block of 18th Street, said spokesmen for the District's fire and transportation departments.

They said a car that had apparently been parked where the hole opened was removed. Safety cones were placed in the hole as a warning, said fire department spokesman Pete Piringer.

By 8:30 p.m., the street had been reopened, said transportation department spokesman John Lisle. He said the department would send inspectors to determine the what caused the hole.


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By Terri Rupar | July 17, 2010; 7:58 PM ET

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Old 18-07-2010, 10:43 PM   #14
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I do believe the small holes are caused by leaking pipes etc etc....but those 130 meter deep wholes covering whole intersections???
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July 18, 2010

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KANSAS CITY, MO. - Ramps to a major highway are shut down because of a growing sinkhole in the pavement. 470 westbound near the Three Trails Interchange is closed because of a partial collapse. The collapse is where Westbound 470 meets westbound 435.

The hill that supports the bridge is moving and now the bridge is moving as well, creating a 2 lane sink hole.

"The hill is collapsing, sliding down and creating a void," said Todd Bryant with MODOT.

Bryant said he and MODOT crews have been working in this area for a week monitoring what was just a dip in the pavement.

"We've had engineers out doing samples, geologists doing samples and all and that's still in progress," Bryant said. "As of about noon Saturday, it just started to give away. Now we have what looks like a total compromise at the corner."

From the side, you can tell the retaining wall is starting to buckle and the light post is obviously losing its footing.

"You hear settlement and you can hear things moving," Bryant said. "It's kind of hard to say what's happening."

As the last of the drivers made their way over the bridge's only safe lane, they didn't linger long when they saw what was happening.

"I went from going slow to trying to get off the bridge," said motorist Elicia Rogers.

Rogers said she initially thought it was an accident until she got closer.

"The light tower tower was actually leaning over, so I figured something had hit it." "When I got closer, there was a sign that said dip. It looked huge like it probably stretched 2 feet or more and the whole guardrail was out."

MODOT said the highway will be shut down from 470 west to 435 indefinitely until repairs are made. For an alternate route, MODOT suggests drivers on northbound 71 highway trying to get to 435 or 470 West continue North on 71 and take the Bannister exit to turn around and head west.

http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-high...,6638839.story
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Horse Falls 30 feet in Sinkhole

14 year old pony Matt had an eventful weekend.

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14 year old pony Matt had an eventful weekend.

Today he is getting some rest and relaxation, and enjoying some snacks.

The treat may taste even better than usual, because this was Matt's situation early Saturday morning.

While grazing in the field a sinkhole collapsed, taking him with it, 30 feet down.

Miraculously, he wasn't injured and his owner is calling it just that.

"It was, It was a miracle because whenever we had people doing the excavation and all, Matt is not a big fan of men, He is usually handled by the girls, the younger girls on the farm, so we were kind of keeping an eye on him the whole time," owner Amanda Kohnen said.

Jason Cole owns the land with his sister and he says that sinkholes aren't something you can plan for.

"Any planning that you do would be more of after the situation has occurred. There's not really pro-active planning that i know of," he said.

Plano Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kevin Greathouse says it was the hardest sinkhole rescue he has seen in 11 years because of the size of the hole.

"Then we could see down in there and was about thirty foot deep but where the horse was actually at was probably about 14 feet in diameter where he was, then it coned up to about an eight foot opening at the top," he said.

Kohnen says she and Cole plan to put a fence up around the sinkhole so no other horses will wind up in the situation they found Matt in.

http://www.wbko.com/news/headlines/98717924.html


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Sinkhole Swallows Vehicle Near Oakland and North



MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) - A massive sink hole swallowed a Cadillac Escalade at an intersection near downtown Milwaukee, and parts of the city saw up to 7.5 inches of rain in just two hours, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

A witness who helped the driver out of the sink hole, which he estimated to be about 20 feet deep and 15 feet wide, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the driver kept asking what had happened. Mark Pawlik, who owns a towing company, said he was walking in the rain when he noticed a traffic light sunk into the ground, then saw the large sport utility vehicle approach the intersection.

"The Escalade just went wham!" Pawlik, 46, told the newspaper. "Everything went down. The power line went like 'pow' and then I think it was sewer water was just pouring into the hole."

The driver was taken to a local hospital. His name and condition haven't been released.

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Great thread yass.

I'm really interested in the fact that so many of these incidents are occurring since the Gulf of Mexico oil thing kicked off. I cannot help thinking that there is some kind of 'connection' to all these events. 'Man' has, predominantly, been interested in removing from the earth what he can profit from and has little interest in going beyond that point to discover any implications. Today we are being forced to witness the results of that disinterest. Scary, yet very, interesting times to be living through.
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Sink Hole Causes Traffic to Redirect in Huntington [West Virginia]

The intersection of Fifth Street and Fourth Avenue is blocked because of a sink hole.

HUNTINGTON -- Police are scene at the intersection of Fifth Street and Fourth Avenue to redirect traffic because of a sink hole.

Traffic from the Robert C. Byrd Bridge, also known as the Sixth Street Bridge, is redirected on the Huntington side.

A police officer on the scene says that if traffic drives on the cracks throughout the intersection, the entire area could collapse.

At this time it is not clear when the intersection will be open to traffic


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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A major sinkhole is causing problems for drivers in Huntington.

The hole is 20 feet square, 20 feet deep and has forced 4th Avenue to close from 6th Street to 4th Street.

The hole began sinking Friday and ended up causing major traffic issues while the city works to fix it. Sanitation workers say it was caused by a collapsed storm drain.

Wes Leek with the sanitation department says they hope to have it repaired by Thursday afternoon or sooner.

Traffic from the Robert Byrd Bridge is detoured as well.
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