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Old 20-05-2011, 08:36 AM   #201
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Syracuse officials fear April storm created more sinkholes



I'm getting tired, going to post the link:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.s...ear_april.html


I haven't been keeping up on this thread good but come around now and then and take some from the results which are many. I don't even want to say what I think or what this is leading to because it is frightening.
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Clay Electric crew rescues horse from sinkhole

Published: Friday, May 20, 2011 at 2:12 p.m.

A Clay Electric construction crew on Thursday rescued a horse from a sinkhole in southern Columbia County after ground along County Road 778 gave way while the horse and owner were on a ride, the co-op reported in a press release.

Clay lineman Steve Thomas was on a job assignment when he noticed emergency vehicles along the road and stopped to see if he could assist.

Thomas called line foreman Joe Tice to see if a line truck could be brought to the area. Tice and a crew were 25 minutes away. By the time they arrived on the scene, there were additional fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles at the site.

“All you could see was the horse’s head,” Tice said. “We got permission from the owner to try to help the horse out of the hole.”

The co-op crew used 8-foot-long insulated hot sticks to secure two 3-inch-wide tree straps around the horse and lift it to safety using the line truck. The truck had a crane that can lift 2,000 to 3,000 pounds.

Tice said it took about 15 to 20 minutes to get set up and lift the animal. He said the horse’s back was about a foot and a half below ground level. The horse was lifted three to four feet so it could get its front legs on the edge of the hole and finish climbing out.

Tice said the horse was calm through most of the ordeal but did get a bit upset once it felt itself being lifted. He said the owner was grateful for the assistance.

The Clay Electric crew, operating out of the Lake City District, consisted of Tice, Thomas and Dean O’Steen, and apprentice lineman Buddy May.

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These are screen shots from a video. The first is the current sink hole and the others are from a previous event in which two sink holes grew together to form one huge sinkhole.









http://www.wcnc.com/video?id=122353169&sec=552547
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Sinkhole shuts down Schrock Road Saturday

Saturday, May 21, 2011


A sinkhole spotted on Schrock Road in Waterloo, Iowa
Saturday, May 21, 2011


WATERLOO, Iowa - A sinkhole developed Saturday evening, closing a section of Schrock Road to traffic.

The sinkhole happened on the westbound lane of Schrock Road, east of Kimball Avenue. Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office personnel blocked Schrock Road from both Hawkeye Road and Kimball Avenue. Road crews were planning to set up barriers to block at those two intersections, as well as fence off the sinkhole.

The hole measured about eight feet deep and six feet by five feet across.

There were no reports of damaged vehicles or injury.

The hole is alongside a bridge over a small creek. Nearby property owners report the section that caved in had recently had an asphalt patch applied.

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Underwater Ming Dynasty tomb resurfaces as result of drought (2)

May 22, 2011

Several of the bricks used to build the tomb still retained their red color, even after centuries of being submerged in the lake.

"It (the color) is cinnabar from the Ming Dynasty. It is a miracle that the color stayed unchanged for such a long time," Hu said.

He said the sudden decrease in the lake's water level was probably caused by the drought, but he said it was also possible that a sinkhole might've opened up in the lake and drained some of the water, as droughts in previous years have never caused the lake's level to drop so dramatically.

To avoid any possible damage resulting from the tomb being exposed to air, the local government immediately pumped water into the lake, causing the tomb to become submerged once again. However, the lake's water level decreased significantly on Friday, which indicates that a sinkhole might be the cause of the drainage, according to Hu.

Hu said his management committee will talk to archaeological experts in order to figure out the best way to preserve the tomb if the lake's water level continues to plummet.

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Florida's 2011 Legislative Session: A Tale of Two Crises
PropertyCasualty360 - Thomas J. Maida, Paul Lowell - ‎May 18, 2011‎
Legitimate crises were evolving around both types of insurance and the need for reform was supported by quantifiable evidence, including sinkhole claims that have nearly tripled from 2006 to 2010, and motor vehicle personal injury protection (PIP) ...
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The date on this is 2010 but it was on the last page of this weeks sink hole search results (which is only 10 pages of results). It's interesting and kind of funny so going to post it.

Edit - I made a mistake and had to edit a couple of times then lost the video and no amount of resetting and redoing would bring it back so will put it in a fresh post to remedy the situation.
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Sep 16th 2010
VIDEO: News reporter gets impromptu tooth-based hair cut from curious camel



Combining two of our favourite things – curious, cumbersome camels and reporters looking awkward on camera – American TV journalist Tara Morgan recently had her report on a farm interrupted by none other than a curious camel.

Tara was on a farm in Hanover County, Virginia, where it turns out they breed some very impressive – and very inquisitive – dromedaries.

A few seconds into her report, her head suddenly gets a licking, her hair a chomping. This wouldn't happen to Trevor McDonald, now would it?

Joining an illustrious Asylum list of camel-based silliness, including the time when a camel fell down a sinkhole and a camel falling over in a nativity play, Tara might be embarrassed by this hungry animal, but at least she's getting the appreciation she deserves here at Asylum. You know, because we're nice like that.

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http://www.asylum.co.uk/2011/05/16/n...rom-curious-c/

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Have you heard the one about the camel trapped in a sinkhole?



A 680kg (107 stone) pet camel called Moses required dozens of firemen and police officers to rescue him after he had wondered away from his home and into a nearby sinkhole.

Upon hearing of the somewhat ludicrous situation, fire crews and police cars rushed to the scene to help the trapped animal, who had escaped from the children's ministry in Oregon City, USA, where he normally lives.

"It was a little bit different than your typical cat in the tree," said Jed Wachlin, one of the firemen at the scene. "Nobody really believed it until we showed up."

Heavy lifting equipment was out of the question, as the ground surrounding the big fella was too soft to support too heavy a weight, forcing Moses's rescuers to dig for victory.

The camel's owner, Kim Dilworth, was distraught when she first realised what happened saying Moses was "like our child."

Fortunately, after being heaved out of his sandy prison, Moses was given the once over by a local vet and was given the all clear and is now back at home, safe and sound. Check out footage of the rescue below...


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Sinkhole swallows teen soccer player

Published: May 26, 2011

MORGANTON -- The earth opened up and swallowed an 18-year-old player during a soccer match at the Catawba Meadows Soccer Complex.

At least, that is how it appeared to witnesses.

“It sounds like something from a movie,” admitted Sunny Pazettie. He runs a weekend soccer league and was on the field when the sinkhole opened up beneath 18-year-old Hamleth Delcid.

“He was running behind the ball,” Pazettie recalled, “and then he disappeared.”

Those on the field heard Delcid scream, ran to help, Pazettie said, and found the teen at the bottom of a 5-foot-deep hole. Running through the middle of the hole was a water pipe that Delcid hit when he plunged in.

Soccer players and park officials teamed up to pull him out and send him to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

The incident happened about 9:45 a.m. Sunday. The hospital released Delcid on Tuesday

Pazettie said the incident traumatized the young man, who has had trouble sleeping.

Morganton Parks and Recreation Director Gary Leonhardt confirmed the incident, but said the hole was just under 3 feet deep and close to 2 feet wide.

He blamed an underground water line for hollowing out an underground space.

The park’s sprinkler system sometimes erodes the soil and causes holes, Leonhardt said, but this is the first time someone has fallen into one. Most holes are plainly visible and the park staff quickly fills them, he said. This one was different because it formed underground.

A crew filled in the sinkhole on Sunday afternoon.

Leonhardt said he does not believe there is a danger of others.

Public Works Director Scott Lookadoo said Morganton does not have issues with sinkholes like Hickory does.

Hickory has had some high-profile sinkholes, the newest one a 12-foot-wide, 18-feet-deep pit that appeared May 19 on U.S. 70 near Valley Hills Mall. Hickory’s most-famous sinkhole opened up in August 2002 at the site of Buffalo’s Southwest Cafe on U.S. 70 where it swallowed a Corvette.

Lookadoo says cavities sometimes form around underground water and sewer lines in Morganton, but filling in those hollow spots before the ground sinks in is part of regular public-works maintenance.

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Sinkholes have residents fleeing QC neighborhood

Posted: May 27, 2011


Quebec City officials said experts will be on this Charlesbourg
district site Friday to find out what's causing sinkholes.


Officials in Quebec City are trying to figure out what's caused dozens of sinkholes to appear in a north-end neighbourhood.

They served evacuation papers on Wednesday to about 15 homes and one business in the city's Charlesbourg district.


Residents look at a sinkhole
in the middle of a driveway
Thursday.Residents look at
a sinkhole in the middle of a
driveway Thursday. Almost
40 holes between five and
eight metres wide appeared
in the last week. The holes
were mostly found in a field,
but another was in a resident's
driveway. One is big enough
to fit a car.


Almost 40 holes between five and eight metres wide appeared in the last week. The holes were mostly found in a field, but another was in a resident's driveway. One is big enough to fit a car.

"The field is is like, there is nothing, no trees or anything and you see everywhere some holes, some deeper than others, like 30 or 40 holes everywhere on the field. You can see this is not normal. You can see this is a problem on this land," said city spokesperson François Moisan.

As of Thursday afternoon, only half of the approximately 40 affected residents had left their homes.

"The city is very prudent and ask people to leave their house because there is some danger. We don't know what kind of danger, we don't know if it's a real threat to their property but we prefer take no chances and ask them to leave," said Moisan.

Just over a year ago, a family of four died in Saint-Jude, Que. during a massive landslide.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montre...sinkholes.html
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Sinkhole swallows south-east Queensland beach

June 27, 2011

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A giant sinkhole stretching one hundred metres gouges the shore at Inskip Point with stunned holidaymakers watching as 'the sand just gave way'.
A sinkhole up to 100m long and 50m deep has opened up on a south-east Queensland beach.

The hole appeared at Inskip Point, Rainbow Beach, on Saturday night and continued to grow yesterday. It is estimated to be up to 50m deep.

Hervey Bay man Ron Morgan told the Fraser Coast Chronicle he could only watch in shock as a small hole turned into a gaping chasm 30 metres wide and kept on growing.


The sinkhole at Rainbow Beach.

“The beach is just falling, it's disappearing into a giant hole,” he told the Chronicle yesterday.

“You can't see the bottom. It's like a deep crevasse, and it is growing all the time.

"It's all the way up to the tree line and I just saw two trees fall in.

“The whole beach is disappearing.”

Greg Haring, manager of Adventure Centre 4WD Hire at Rainbow Beach, said he had seen footage of the hole taken by customers and was taken aback.

"It is a sizeable hole that's opened up on the beach. It's about 100m long. Some of the trees are collapsing into it," Mr Haring said.

Mr Haring said while sinkholes appeared in the area occasionally, it was by far the largest he had ever seen.

"They get sinkholes on a semi-regular basis but I haven't experienced one that far south," he said.

"They certainly do occur from time to time. Usually they're about 5 or 10m long, nothing of this size."

Police Acting Sergeant Gavin Cummings said sinkholes were not uncommon at Inskip Point.

“It’s something that has happened before,” he said.

“We were called there, because a lot of people were gathering very close to the sand cliffs. The cliffs would be about two metres high, but I’m sure the sink hole is deeper.”

Sergeant Cummings said it was fortunate no-one was driving on the popular four-wheel-drive beach route at the time.

“We’re lucky we didn’t have anyone out there,” he said.

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Updated: 11:51 PM Jun 20, 2011

Sinkhole shuts down stretch of W. Andrew Johnson Highway



MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- UPDATE: The earth is opening up again on an otherwise busy highway in Morristown, causing the road to be closed until at least Tuesday.

"Yes, I guess it's a big sinkhole they said," a passing motorist said.

The huge sinkholes are swallowing asphalt, pipes, and lots of patience. "It's a big inconvenience. It took us out of the way. I had to go around three ways," said the driver.

Said Everette Estepp, a local businessman whose car lot was rendered useless, "oh, it's definitely a headache."

A headache likely caused by heavy rains. Dirt under the eastbound lanes gave way and workers thought the mess was fixed. "But then overnight it was discovered that the sinkhole had extended more, even over to the westbound lanes," said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi.

A quick resolution seems unlikely. Some estimate the shut down could last into the wee hours. "We're trying to get this thing done and fixed as quick as possible," Nagi said.

What began as one sinkhole on Andrew Johnson Highway quickly turned into several, causing a major disruption for dozens of businesses.

"It's slowing things down right now. Even just service customers and everything else just trying to get here," said Estepp.

He's talking about this deserted Chevy car lot, cut off from customers because of the sinkholes. "Phone after phone call, are y'all open and that kind of stuff and how do we get there."

TDOT suggests this detour: Highway 160 to Merchants Greene Parkway, then back to A.J. Highway until the holes are plugged.

"Just take your time. Drive a little bit slower," said Nagi.

http://www.volunteertv.com/home/head...124197029.html
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June 28, 2011, 1:45 PM ET

Sinkhole Claims Two Small Businesses


Sinkholes aren’t uncommon in Florida. Earlier this
month, several opened up around a small house in
Tarpon Springs.


Weak sales, lower earnings and tight credit have small-business optimism sinking nationwide. Last night, two small businesses in Leesburg, Fla., went one further: They sunk right into the ground.

Heavy rains following a prolonged drought caused the earth to collapse around a commercial building on a downtown street in this Central Florida town early Tuesday morning, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The 70-foot sinkhole swallowed up a dumpster, an oak tree and the entire rear wall of the building, which housed Main Street Hair and Beauty Supply and the Saaraa Corner Store. City officials have closed the building, which was valued at more than $200,000, according to a local property appraiser.

Inventory lost in the hole included racks of hair weaves and beauty supplies, among other items.

Rafeek Mohamid, 52, who owns both the building and the beauty salon, told the Sentinel that the “important thing is nobody was hurt.”

Prior to the rainstorm, a severe dry spell in recent weeks had prompted regional officials to impose a burn ban in the area. Sinkholes aren’t uncommon in the region, where layers of sand and clay can collapse into giant cavities in the underlying bedrock, according to an official from the Florida Geological Survey cited in the article.

This year, a rash of wild weather and natural disasters – from snowstorms in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut back in February, to recent tornadoes in Massachusetts, wildfires in Arizona and flooding in Mississippi, North Dakota and Iowa — has tested the mettle of the nation’s small businesses.

Already struggling with weak consumer spending, lower sales and tight credit conditions, more than 900 small businesses have received a total $78.8 million in federal disaster assistance loans this year, according to the Small Business Administration. The agency has also approved 5,754 home-disaster loans for a total of $183.6 million, agency figures show.

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Chevron Oil Field Worker Killed, Swallowed Up by Sinkhole Near Taft

Thursday, June 23, 2011
  • Emergency crews have recovered the body of an oil field worker who fell down a sinkhole west of Taft.

At 11 a.m. on Tuesday on a Chevron oil lease at Midoil and Kitty Litter roads, Dave Taylor, 54, and three other workers were walking around when the ground opened up.

The sinkhole was only wide enough for one person, and no one else was hurt.

Emergency personnel estimated the hole to be 20-30 feet deep, and they said it could have been filled with oil and steam.

A Chevron spokeswoman confirmed that Taylor, a construction representative, worked for Chevron for 33 years. He and his wife lived in Bakersfield, according to Chevron's Carla Musser.

Taylor's body was pulled from the hole about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

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Rescuers retrieve oil worker's body from sinkhole

Wednesday, Jun 22 2011 10:20 PM

Last Updated Wednesday, Jun 22 2011 10:22 PM

The worker who fell into a sinkhole in an oil field west of Taft on Tuesday and died "fell several feet below ground level into a hole that contained steam and hot water," a Chevron spokeswoman said Wednesday as new details emerged about the incident.

Never before had Chevron experienced such a situation, spokeswoman Carla Musser wrote in an email, adding that the company extends its condolences to the family of the man who died.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday but no findings, including the man's identity, had been released by Wednesday night.

The body of the veteran oil field construction representative had been retrieved Wednesday morning after what Chevron said was a 17-hour effort prolonged by difficult site conditions.

Chevron and a spokesman for the county Fire Department said the accident happened at about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday when the man and three other workers were doing routine work off Midoil Road in the Midway Sunset oil field.

"As the employees walked through the site, the ground beneath one employee gave way," Musser wrote in an email. "The employee fell several feet below ground level into a hole that contained steam and hot water. Efforts to help the fallen employee were not successful."

Cal-OSHA indicated Tuesday that it has begun an investigation. An agency spokeswoman was unavailable to provide an update Wednesday.

Some people in the oil industry wondered Wednesday whether the sinkhole may have resulted from the use of steam injection, a decades-old oil recovery pioneered in Kern County.

Taft oilman Bruce Holmes said the diatomaceous soil beneath Midway Sunset has the potential to collapse amid steam injection operations. He likened the situation to sucking the honey out of a honeycomb: The more you remove, the less stable the structure.

To reduce the possibility of a collapse, he said, oil producers in the Taft area monitor the ground using advanced technology.

"They monitor it pretty closely," he said.

Musser said Chevron employs various technologies to make sure the ground is stable when using steam in an oil field.

"Chevron is working to mitigate and managed ground stability using sophisticated tools such as tiltmeters, acoustic sensors, electrical monitors, satellite surveys, and sound operational practices," she wrote.

She added that the company has no information that sinkholes have ever occurred in the area.

A spokesman for the agency that regulates California oil production, the Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, said Tuesday's accident appeared to be unique.

"While there are surface expressions of steam injection, we have never before seen anything that seemed to pose such an imminent threat to life and limb as this situation," spokesman Don Drysdale said.

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Anderson Township Sinkhole Grows After Massive Rains

Published: 6/22



The sink holes that are swallowing up the parking lot at two Anderson Township businesses are growing larger, after heavy rains on Tuesday.

The problem began with a hole that first developed behind Adams Heating and Cooling back in April and spread to the neighboring business, Plants by Wolfangel. It quickly swallowed up equipment and asphalt. And yesterday, when new rains overflowed into the area, the pavement caved in even further and cut off the plant shop from the nursery, washing away roses and other valuable plants.

It's believed that beneath the holes is a damaged eight foot wide drain pipe. The owner of Adams Heating and Cooling wouldn't go on camera today but told Local 12 Reporter Angenette Levy that he has been working since the sinkhole appeared to fix the pipe.

Huge pumps, meanwhile, are trying to keep up with the water filling the holes.

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Published June 22, 2011, 07:05 PM

Sinkhole in South Dakota claims two lives

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A tragic accident in South Dakota brought on by a summer storm.


Two cars fell into this giant sinkhole, killing two women.

Heavy rains triggered a sinkhole which swallowed two vehicles and ended up claiming two lives. Torrential rains led to high water near the highway and that water weakened the road, creating the sinkhole. Water poured over the road and two drivers attempted to cross the flooded roadway, not knowing that the ground beneath it had been washed out.

Steve Manger – Lyman County Sheriff: “This is the first time I've ever seen anything like this before its just amazing the force of mother nature it's just a sad, very sad deal.”

The 56 year old driver of the van was a Chamberlain woman, found dead inside her vehicle. The driver of the car was a 61 year old woman from Lower Brule. Her body was found four miles down stream.

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Old 30-06-2011, 05:01 PM   #219
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Sinkhole formation in Tarpon is no surprise to geologists


A recent sinkhole in Tarpon Springs leaving a
house in a precarious position on South Disston
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Published: June 28, 2011

TARPON SPRINGS - To experts who study soil composition and underground terrain, the sinkhole situation in the city didn't come as a big surprise.

Most of Pinellas County doesn't face a major sinkhole risk. The only exception is the northwestern corner of Pinellas County, north of the Palm Harbor area and west of Lake Tarpon, according to scientists from St. Petersburg College and Florida Sinkhole Research Institute, at the University of Central Florida.

In Pinellas County, only in the Tarpon Springs area is "the risk of sinkhole collapse serious enough to merit further consideration," according to "The Sinkhole Hazard in Pinellas County: A Geologic Summary for Planning Purposes," a 1991 report from the Florida Sinkhole Research Institute.

Sinkhole Research Institute geologists found there is a greater concentration of sinkhole collapses in the northern part of the county than the south. The report states: "In the Tarpon Springs area, each square mile will experience one sinkhole every 20 years. In the remainder of Pinellas County, south of Palm Harbor or east of Lake Tarpon, the odds are obviously significantly less."

A June 16 sinkhole collapse in the city's Union Academy neighborhood forced one couple, Nathaniel Crawford, 90, and wife Virginia, 83, from their longtime home and prompted the city to close South Disston Avenue while engineers investigated.

The city subsequently closed Dorsett Park after a scan using ground-penetrating radar disclosed a slightly depressed area of ground in the park at risk of sinkhole collapse.

While manmade conditions can contribute to sinkhole formation, the geology of the Tarpon Springs area is the likely source of the recent incidents, according to Mark Peebles, a natural sciences professor at St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs Campus.

Peebles, stressed, however, he did not know the details of the South Disston Avenue situation.

The 20-year-old study from the Sinkhole Institute said it is up to architects and contractors to take the sinkhole risk in the Tarpon Springs area into consideration when designing and constructing buildings in and around the city.

Sinkhole Institute geologists noted the load-bearing capacity of soils in sinkhole-prone areas can be improved prior to construction. Such improvements can be done by several methods, including chemical grouting, compaction grouting or dynamic deep compaction.

The report recommended that builders and architects create foundations that are rigid enough to withstand the impact of a sinkhole and acts as one structure if the ground settles or collapses.

Florida is prone to sinkhole formation since it has limestone bedrock, according to Peebles. Sinkholes are caused when acidic groundwater dissolves the limestone bedrock.

Tierra Inc., the city's geotechnical consultant, noted in its report on the recent sinkhole activity, "This site lies within an area of Pinellas County which has a moderate to high likelihood for sinkhole development."

The Tierra report concluded it is not unexpected for cavities to develop in the limestone bedrock and collapse under weight from above ground. Tierra is recommending that grout be injected into the soil.

A few months ago, sinkholes developed at two other places in or near the South Disston Avenue area. One was beneath the gymnasium at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, on Walton Avenue, and the other was with East Curlew Place, a street to the south, near Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection notes "sinkholes are a common feature of Florida's landscape."

"Probable triggering mechanisms for sinkhole collapse may include drought, new construction, blasting, heavy ground loading, heavy rainfall, and heavy groundwater pumping," according to DEP.

Sinkholes are mostly associated with a soil commonly found in caves, disappearing streams, springs, and underground drainage systems.

A natural underground cave system and spring flows from east to west from Lake Tarpon to Spring Bayou. Spring Bayou was once connected to Lake Tarpon through an underground spring.

The Sinkhole Institute report explained Lake Tarpon formerly drained toward Tarpon Springs through a sinkhole connected to a deep cavern. The cave acted like a tube draining the lake or filling it with saltwater.

In 1969, however, the Southwest Florida Water Management District constructed a dike around the sinkhole entrance in the lake, effectively isolating the lake from the spring.

For the most part, there is no area in Florida safe from sinkholes and it becomes a case of homebuyer's beware. Builders are not required to conduct sinkhole testing on new construction and there is no state agency charged with sinkhole inspection, the state DEP warns.

Most real estate seller's disclosure forms used in Florida today include a sinkhole disclosure statement, but it is sometimes it is overlooked.

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Palm Jumeirah sinkhole swallows taxi

Jun 15, 2011



DUBAI // A taxi fell into a sinkhole on the Palm Jumeirah yesterday morning that authorities say was caused by a ruptured underground water pipe.

The hole, about three metres across and one-and-a-half metres deep, appeared between buildings six and seven in the Golden Mile and was full of water when the car plunged into it. Dubai Police sent a rescue squad to remove the driver from the taxi, then the taxi from the sinkhole.

Workers from Wade Adams, a development and construction company, were at work repairing the ruptured pipe and filling in the hole soon after the incident. Joining them were emergency responders from a gas company, checking nearby gas lines for damage.

"The broken water main caused the sinkhole," said Ahmad Fanari, a Wade Adams engineer. "The Palm is built on sand, and where the pipe burst, the sand was washed away, weakening the roadway. The area was flooded so the sinkhole was not visible.

"The driver would have had no way to know he was driving into a hole. He must have thought that the road surface was just wet."

Gina, a concierge at the Southern Residences building of the Golden Mile, was being dropped off at work at 7am and saw the taxi in the hole. "It was halfway in the hole, and behind it was a bus," she said. "The

police were there talking to the driver, who looked really puzzled. He didn't look hurt."

Wade Adams engineers said repairs would be completed by tomorrow morning.

http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-n...-swallows-taxi
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