Guatemala Sinkhole Guatemala Sinkhole. Image via AP

Imagine walking down the street, minding your own business, when suddenly the earth begins to shake and fold in.

Imagine that the very ground you stand on is disintegrating beneath your feet, being devoured by a giant hole.

No - this isn’t some lewd joke about Paris Hilton or something from Return of the Jedi.

No, today we’re going to explore the phenomenon of sinkholes and some of the most incredible and destructive examples.

Before we go into them however, you’ll probably need a bit of amateur scientific background from me.

In short, sinkholes form when the bedrock or soil underneathsubsides, forcing the topsoil (or in many cases concrete) to collapse.

They can be exceptionally large (several hundred meters in diameter and depth) and can swallow everything directly above.

So, without further ado, here are five giant holes that devoured everything around them.

 

5. Montrose Avenue sinkhole

80 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep, a huge sinkhole opened up inthe middle of Montrose Avenue after a water main break flooded thetarmac.

The avenue remained closed for a couple weeks and helped shut downroughly 8 businesses, right after Christmas, in January this year.Fortunately, no one was killed.

Images Via Flickr Users: 1, 2, 3,

montrose avenue

montrose avenue

montrose avenue

Want to know what the flood that caused this sinkhole looked like?

 

4. Macungie, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania 1986

At over 75 feet wide and 35 feet deep, the Macungie sinkhole formedin June, 1986. Stabilization and repair costs totaled $450,000.

Macungie Image via DCNR

 

3. Bowling Green KY

A 200 ft wide and 35 deep, this sinkhole collapsed in Bowling Green Kentucky, due to water runoff, underneath the soil.

The site was right next to the proposed TriModal Transpark.

I bet they’re glad they didn’t build there!

Bowling Green Kentucky

 

2. Sarisariñama Plateau

Located in the Jaua-Sarisariñama National Park in Venezuela are some of the biggest sinkholes in the world.

The sinkholes are 350 meters wide and 350 meters deep and are a geological mystery.

The huge vertical walls have created an isolated ecosystem, with completely unique species of both flora and fauna.

They’re so isolated in fact, that the sinkholes were only discovered in 1974.

The scientific expedition was documented in David Nott’s book “into the lost world.”

Images via: 1, 2,

sarisarinama plateau

sarisarinama sinkhole

sarisarinama sinkhole

 

1. Guatemala City

On the 23rd of February 2007, a 330 foot deep sinkhole swallowed upover a dozen homes in a crowded neighbourhood in Guatemala City.

Over 1000 people were evacuated and two people were killed.

The giant hole emitted a foul stench, tremors and loud noises.

The authorities blamed the sinkhole on a ruptured underground sewage flow.

Images from AP, orignally found from deputy dog guatemala city sinkhole

guatemala city sinkhole

guatemala city

And if you understand Spanish, there’s a news report here, which just shows how large the hole is:

--Sources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com


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Comments: 22

Guest
hi

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god is making this so open your heat and recib jesus in your hart:smile

liliana
hijole no puede ser que mi pais se ase cada vez mas pequenosad

Guest
sick

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Jesus is coming

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wassat

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dhis is EJ nd my wife Aamber i are fucking wondering if this shhht is fuckkinn' real cause we some time dont give a fuckk hahahahashhahahah EDTPcrying

Guest
Holy Hole!

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crying I want to fall in that hole]

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lmfaooo funny as hole laughing

JJ
Lol.. its earths little dimple!

Guest
On the Bowling Green Sinkhole, If by right next to the proposed airpark you mean 5 miles away, then yeah right next to it. And if by water runoff beneath the soil you mean a very large collapse feature in a known cave, then yeah, water runoff.

Guest
you people seem to find this a joke. when the sink hole takes u and i c u screaming for ur life i will laugh hahahahahahahahtongue

Guest
angry angry angry angry angry angry angry I too have filed complaints with the Attorney General, Bronx District Attorney, my state Attorney General and others. In fact I just sent the same packet to the Justice Department.

I'm waiting for a refund of over $9000.00 for a vehicle they didn't have even though they sent me the invoice. I found Copart.com 2 days later, who is the website that ezSalvage is using. Copart is a honest upfront company with locations all over the U.S. and Europe. The vehicle that ezSalvage told me I had won was being auctioned two days on Copart after I paid ezSalvage. I called Copart and spoke with the G.M. and was told they have never heard of ezSalvage, Elite Motors or EmotorsNY.com . After telling her about the vehicle I thought I bought she said she would contact their legal department.
MR. Bobby Ricigliano are you own EMOTORS NY.COM
Bronx, New York
United States
Phone: 718-502-9842
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I want to know if others here whom have been ripped off by these scam artists would be interested in filing a suit? Some have already contacted an attorney. ?

Yuriy
add this one to your news:
news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Flooding-opens-up-sinkholes-Guatemala-Ci
ty/ss/events/wl/053110guatemalahole

Guest
I know theirs a million little tiny sinkholes in Vegas but you can't see them and their only big enough for your money to sink into never to be seen again. It would be cool if there was sinkhole there to swallow that whole money pit of a place. LOL!

Guest
Check out the latest sinkhole in Guatemala at: guatemalasinkhole.org

DarronFreed
Back around 1980 or 1981, there was a rather large sinkhole that developed in Winter Park, FL. I seem to remember that it swallowed part of a BMW or Porsche dealership.

Guest
WTF?

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smile wink wassat tongue laughing sad angry crying
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Guest
wassat holy fuck!!

Darryl
what if theres a giant hole at Las Vegas, NV

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