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The Great Collapse: crust weakening, slipping, and collapsing across the planet

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« Reply #60 on: April 03, 2013, 02:53:35 pm »

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...in order to give assurances that the Bayou Corne area is safe for the return of evacuated residents.

Safe to return? Uh, there's a giant methane and oil pocket under there. What part of that is safe?  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #61 on: April 06, 2013, 02:49:45 pm »

http://www.wafb.com/story/21863521/gas-found-under-slab-of-home-near-sinkhole
Gas found under slabs of 2 homes near sinkhole
4/3/13

BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) -
Contractors reported finding the presence of gas under two homes near the massive sinkhole in southeast Louisiana.

The Assumption Parish Police Jury Blog posted at 9:45 a.m. that Texas Brine verified gas is located under the slab of both the home and the shed at one location. There was another post at 10:20 a.m. stating gas had been discovered under the slab of a second home.

Both homes are on Sauce Piquante Lane in Bayou Corne. Officials said monitoring will continue to check for gas in the area.

It's been exactly 9 months since the sinkhole, now 12-acres wide, first appeared in the middle of Bayou Corne.

"I don't want to live like that. I want to leave, and Texas Brine needs to buy my family out," said Jennifer Gregoire.

Gregoire is one of dozens of Bayou Corne homeowners with air monitors in their houses. She is one of three who also have holes drilled through their floors---testing for possible gases below the foundation. On Wednesday, Texas Brine verified gas has been found under two homes on Sauce Piquante Lane—including Gregoire's.

"I'm sitting on the couch, clinching the dog---like oh my God we're about to just go up in flames," said Gregoire. "Then they turn around and, 'everything will be okay.' You ask a question, and it's not even the answer you were expecting. Swamp gas? Really?"

Testing is still being done to determine what those gases are and what effect they may have.

"I'm just wondering what all of this is going to mean now," said Dennis Landry.

Landry lives and owns a business on the other side of highway 70. Unlike Gregoire, he wants to stay.

"Myself and most of my neighbors on Sportsman's Drive are inclined to stay," said Landry. "It would take a buyout where they offer three or four times the value…the pre-sinkhole value of our homes."

Inspectors have been visiting homes around Bayou Corne, as the first step in determining values and beginning the buyout process.  So far no dollar amounts have been mentioned. As for a timetable, a Texas Brine spokesperson tells us homeowners can expect offers 30 to 45 days after the completion of appraisals, which will come after the inspections are complete.

Parish emergency operations director John Boudreaux says another resident on Sauce Piquante Lane reported bubbling in the bayou---north of the street. He says they have sent samples of that water off for further testing.

Work is again on hold near the sinkhole site due to more tremors. Seismic monitors picked up the activity early Tuesday morning. The devices are taking readings around the clock to determine when it's safe for crews to get back to work.

Meanwhile, the sinkhole commission created by the state of Louisiana government will hold a public meeting this Friday to discuss safety.

The meeting is open to the public. It will take place at the Woods Auditorium on the LSU campus from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months later, the ground opened up and left a nine-acre sinkhole. Residents were evacuated and have been for the past seven months. Most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week. The sinkhole is now around 14 acres in size.

On March 13, Texas-Brine, the Houston based company that owns the salt dome that caused the sinkhole, announced it would begin assessing the homes and offering buyouts and settlements for the 350 people evacuated.
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« Reply #62 on: April 10, 2013, 06:40:17 pm »

The Russian city being 'eaten alive': Cars, buses, and trucks disappear beneath the earth as they are swallowed by giant sinkholes

•Citizens of Samara live in daily fear of the ground disappearing beneath them
•Dozens of holes have sprung up across the city in recent weeks
•The sinkholes have left a trail of devastation and reportedly claimed one life


4/9/13

They may look like stills from an apocalyptic horror film, but these images have become a daily reality for residents in a Russian city.

Citizens of Samara, in south east Russia, live in fear of the ground literally disappearing beneath them after huge sinkholes have started to appear all over their city, leaving devastation in their wake.

The yawning underground caverns are all believed to have sprung up in recent weeks swallowing cars, buses and claiming at least one life.

The sinkholes, some large enough to swallow an entire truck, are believed to have been caused by ground subsidence.

It is thought the holes have been caused as ice thaws and melts into the ground, with the excess water causing soil decay underneath Samara's roads.

The massive craters have appeared in car parks, busy intersections, by the sides of roads, and on major and minor thoroughfares.

It is believed at least one person has lost their life as a result of one of the crashes caused by the sinkholes.

The citizens of the city have now signed a petition urging authorities to find a solution.

Sinkholes are common hazards in mining regions, plaguing areas where miners have burrowed into layers of soluble minerals and accidental floods have followed.

But natural sinkholes can take thousands of years to form and vary in size.

They are usually the result of what are known as Karst processes, which occur when a layer of rock such as limestone underneath the ground is dissolved by acidic water.

Typically rainfall seeps through the soil, absorbing carbon dioxide and reacting with decaying vegetation. As a result, the water that reaches the soluble rock is acidic.


The acidic water then erodes the soluble rock layers beneath the surface creating cavernous spaces.

Then,  when it is no longer supported because of the cavity below, the soil or sand over the limestone collapses into a sinkhole.


The collapse of the surface can happen suddenly or over a few hours. Heavy rainfall or poor drainage systems can trigger a collapse.

Citizens in Berezniki, Russia, have also been plagued by sinkholes.

Census data, though, shows that about 12,000 people left the town between 2005 and 2010, after a number of holes opened up.

They are also common in Florida, America.

Jeff Bush, 37, was swallowed into a sinkhole and killed while he slept in his bed in February in the
 Tampa Bay area of Florida.

Lots of pictures in the link above
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« Reply #63 on: April 11, 2013, 11:50:22 am »

Giant sinkhole splits ground in central region of Portugal
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/giant-sinkhole-splits-ground-in-central-region-of-portugal/
4/11/13

April 11, 2013 – PORTUGAL - Excess water in the soil may be the cause of geological phenomenon occurred in Marvão in Alto Alentejo, which resulted in the opening of a crater about 100 meters deep and 17 meters in diameter. The geologist Victor Lambert explained this Tuesday that this is “a typical phenomenon” of areas where there is limestone and soil conditions exist, though in Portugal nothing has appeared of this size.” The geologist, who develops work for research institutions and ornamental rocks, reported in the local area that has Marvão caves and type of existing rock (limestone) tends to ‘dissolve,’ forming caves. “Here in Marvão, we had lots of rain a year. The water in these structures infiltrates, circulating inside, and in lime, circulates at high speeds, ie, the impact may cause is greater,” explained. However, the geologist pointed out that the crater in Marvão is interesting, because of the size and depth and’ three small holes,” but was keen to stress that this case is not an incident of aliens. The massive hole opened up on private property near the village of Porto da Espada, where another smaller crater has also formed. Authorities have erected barricaded around the massive crater for safety concerns. Speaking to Lusa, Mario Gallego, the tenant of the property where the phenomenon occurred, said he was “surprised” by the situation and considered it “scary.” The Mayor of Marvão, Victor Frutuoso, told Lusa that the council wants to know the ‘impacts’ that the incident will have on the environment. “We have to know the impact this might have in terms of stability with respect to property that is accessed by people. Therefore, we have to control a number of situations in terms of security and realize what the consequences are for transportation concerns,” he said. With a security perimeter created and with elements of the GNR in place, the area has been subject to visits by locals who are curious to see the geological phenomenon firsthand.
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« Reply #64 on: April 18, 2013, 08:29:26 am »

1 person hospitalized after sinkhole swallows 3 cars in Chicago -

A sinkhole swallowed three cars in the South Deering neighborhood on the Southeast Side early Thursday morning.
 
One person was taken from the hole, at 9600 South Houston Avenue, to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
 
The fire department responded to the scene around 5:30 a.m. when two cars were inside the hole. A third one slide into it after crews arrived.




http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-sinkhole-swallows-3-cars-20130418,0,4497819.story
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http://theadvocate.com/home/5745951-125/increase-in-tremors-and-another
More tremors, another edge collapse at sinkhole
4/22/13

The massive sinkhole in northern Assumption Parish had another burp and edge collapse Thursday morning after tremors had remained at an elevated frequency and halted work in and around it the past few days, parish officials said. But parish officials said that by Thursday afternoon, the micro-earthquakes near the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou communities known as sharp tremors had calmed down and precautions halting work were eased. While there was no formal estimate of how much swampland collapsed Thursday, John Boudreaux, director of the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said the new collapse area is roughly 25 feet by 100 feet. The formerly forested swatch is on the east side of the more than 13-acre, 160-foot deep sinkhole, north of a well pad being used for sinkhole access and seismic monitoring, he said. Boudreaux said trees went into the sinkhole Thursday morning and he was able to see and record — from the well pad — one of the trees going “straight down” into the hole. “It doesn’t fall. It sinks,” he said. A few more trees toppled over later in the day, Boudreaux said.

Scientists believe the failure of a Texas Brine Co. salt dome cavern led to the formation of the sinkhole last year. About 350 residents have been evacuated more than eight months due to the sinkhole and oil and gas venting from deep sources unleashed by the cavern failure. Boudreaux said earlier this week that an increase in micro-earthquakes from about 10 per day to 50 per day prompted a halt in work inside the sinkhole berm beginning Sunday. The micro-earthquakes indicate rocks breaking deep underground. The berm contains 71 acres that includes the sinkhole and surrounding swamp. By Thursday afternoon, once tremors subsided, work was only prohibited on the sinkhole surface, Boudreaux said.

He said that in addition to the tremors, slough-off and burp, water was moving in the sinkhole but that movement stopped later Thursday when tremors subsided. In a presentation to an expert panel on the sinkhole earlier this month, CB&I hydrogeologist Gary Hecox described for scientists how water in and around the sinkhole moves during burps, “sloshing” with a tidal-like action. “So essentially during one of these burp events, the water inside the berm is active,” Hecox said. “It moves back and forth, which requires a lot of energy to do that, and we think that’s why the bottom is constantly changing.”

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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-video/expanding-sinkhole-diverts-traffic/1414610949001
Expanding Sinkhole in Houston, TX Diverts Traffic
What began as a 12-inch sinkhole has expanded to 18 feet in diameter and an estimated 20 feet deep.

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« Reply #67 on: May 07, 2013, 10:21:38 am »

Large sinkhole closes intersection in San Francisco


A 22-foot-long sinkhole opened up Monday night at the intersection of Lake Street and Second Avenue in San Francisco, according to KGO.

The intersection is located on the border of the Inner Richmond and the Presidio Heights neighborhoods.

The sinkhole is 8 feet wide and 22 feet long, the television station reported. It is not yet known how deep the sinkhole is and there has been no disruption to water or sewer service in the area.

City officials say a broken sewer pipe might be to blame< according to KGO.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23188710/large-sinkhole-closes-intersection-san-francisco
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« Reply #68 on: May 07, 2013, 12:34:19 pm »

The Louisiana sink hole is right in the tag area for one of the gator hunters, Troy, of the show "Swamp People". They had an episode last show of the hole, and they showed how the area was bubbling all over the place, and they were in their boats about a half mile away (they live in the Pierre Part area). But that was when the hole was less than an acre, now it's over 13 acres.

No doubt that hole is permanent, now where there was land, it's now deep water. The bigger problem is all that stuff underground that the water in the hole is holding back.
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One by one, homes in California subdivision sinking
5/11/13

LAKEPORT, Calif. –  Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.

The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from the house and the entire property -- manicured lawn and all -- dropped 10 feet below the street.

It wasn't long before the houses on both sides collapsed as the ground gave way in the Spivey's neighborhood in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

"We want to know what is going on here," said Scott Spivey, a former city building inspector who had lived in his four-bedroom, Tudor-style dream home for 11 years.

Eight homes are now abandoned and 10 more are under notice of imminent evacuation as a hilltop with sweeping vistas of Clear Lake and the Mount Konocti volcano swallows the subdivision built 30 years ago.

The situation has gotten so bad that mail delivery was ended to keep carriers out of danger.

"It's a slow-motion disaster," said Randall Fitzgerald, a writer who bought his home in the Lakeside Heights project a year ago.

Unlike sinkholes of Florida that can gobble homes in an instant, this collapse in hilly volcanic country can move many feet on one day and just a fraction of an inch the next.

Officials believe water that has bubbled to the surface is playing a role in the destruction. But nobody can explain why suddenly there is plentiful water atop the hill in a county with groundwater shortages.

"That's the big question," said Scott De Leon, county public works director. "We have a dormant volcano, and I'm certain a lot of things that happen here (in Lake County) are a result of that, but we don't know about this."

Other development on similar soil in the county is stable, county officials said.

While some of the subdivision movement is occurring on shallow fill, De Leon said a geologist has warned that the ground could be compromised down to bedrock 25 feet below and that cracks recently appeared in roads well beyond the fill.

"Considering this is a low rainfall year and the fact it's letting go now after all of these years, and the magnitude that it's letting go, well it's pretty monumental," De Leon said.

County officials have inspected the original plans for the project and say it was developed by a reputable engineering firm then signed off on by the public works director at the time.

"I can only presume that they were checked prior to approval," De Leon said.

The sinkage has prompted county crews to redirect the subdivision's sewage 300 feet through an overland pipe as manholes in the 10-acre development collapsed.

Consultant Tom Ruppenthal found two small leaks in the county water system that he said weren't big enough to account for the amount of water that is flowing along infrastructure pipes and underground fissures, but they could be contributing to another source.

"It's very common for groundwater to shift its course," said Ruppenthal of Utility Services Associates in Seattle. "I think the groundwater has shifted."

If the county can't get the water and sewer service stabilized, De Leon said all 30 houses in the subdivision will have to be abandoned.

The owners of six damaged homes said they need help from the government.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors asked Gov. Jerry Brown to declare an emergency so funding might be available to stabilize utilities and determine the cause of the collapse. On May 6, state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, wrote a letter of support asking Brown for immediate action.  The California Emergency Management Agency said Brown was still assessing the situation.

On Wednesday, the state sent a water resources engineer and a geologist to look at the problem. Sen. Dianne Feinstein sent a representative the next day.

Lake County, with farms, wineries and several Indian casinos, was shaped by earthquake fault movement and volcanic explosions that helped create the Coast Ranges of California. Clear Lake, popular for boating and fishing, is the largest fresh water lake wholly located in the state.

It is not unusual for groundwater in the region to make its way to the surface then subside. Many natural hot springs and geysers receded underground in the early 1900s and have since been tapped for geothermal power.

Homeowners now wonder whether fissures have opened below their hilltop, allowing water to seep to the surface. But they're so perplexed they also talk about the land being haunted and are considering asking the local Native American tribe if the hilltop was an ancient graveyard.

"Someone said it must be hexed," said Blanka Doren, a 72-year-old German immigrant who poured her life savings into the house she bought in 1999 so she could live on the rental income.

The home shares a wall with her neighbor, Jagtar Singh -- who had two days of notice to move his wife, 4-year-old daughter and his parents before the hill behind the back of his home collapsed -- taking the underside of his house and leaving the carpet dangling.

Doren is afraid that as Singh's house falls it will take hers with it. Already cracks have spread across her floors.

Damaged houses in the subdivision have been tagged for mandatory removal, but the hillside is so unstable it can't support the heavy equipment necessary to perform the job.

"This was our first home," said Singh, who noticed a problem in April when he could see light between the wall and floor of his bedroom. A geotechnical company offered no solutions.

"We didn't know it would be that major, but in one week we were gone," he said.

So far insurance companies have left the owners of the homes -- valued between $200,000 and $250,000, or twice the median price in the county -- dangling too. Subsidence is not covered, homeowners said. So until someone figures out whether something else is going on, they'll be in limbo.

"It's a tragedy, really," contractor Dean Pick said as he took photos for an insurance company. "I've never seen anything like it. At least that didn't have the Pacific Ocean eating away at it."


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/11/one-by-one-homes-in-california-subdivision-sinking/#ixzz2T96eRGja
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http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/05/13/exploding-manholes-set-cars-on-fire-cut-power-in-brooklyn/
5/13/13
Exploding Manholes Set Cars On Fire, Cut Power In Brooklyn

No Injuries Reported After 3 Manholes Ignite On Menahan Street In Bushwick


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several manholes exploded in Brooklyn on Monday, setting cars on fire and sending people running for their safety.

As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, dozens of families were left without power following the explosions in Bushwick on Monday afternoon. As late as 9 p.m., power was still out for several customers, and smoke was still billowing on and off from one of the manholes that exploded.

Not one, and not two, but three manhole covers blew along Menahan Street near Wyckoff Avenue, witnesses said.

“I seen that there was smoke coming from out of there. So when I looked and saw that, that’s when I started telling people to get out; something’s going to blow,” Arlene Baker said.

And when the manholes did blow, at least two had cars sitting on top of them. Hernan Gonzalez came home to find his car burned to a crisp on the bottom with the bumper off, with the manhole still smoking underneath.

“I haven’t had a chance to look at nothing right now. I don’t want to look at nothing for now, because it’s hot, so I got to wait for that,” Gonzalez said.

Overhead wires also caught fire. Con Edison said a cable underground gave out, causing a chain reaction.

“It blew up and hit the car under. At least he took his car out. That was the first one that blew up, and then the one over there, and then that one over here,” said witness Henry Alicen, pointing out the manholes.

Despite all the damage, no one was seriously injured – for which Gonzalez said he was grateful.

“It’s a car,” he said. “Your life is very important. A car is a car.”

Con Edison reported 153 customers were without power Monday night, according to 1010 WINS. Power should be restored to all customers by 11 a.m. Tuesday, Con Ed said.

By 11 p.m., power had been restored to about half of the affected customers, Gainer reported.

The blast was blamed on some sort of failure of underground equipment, but the specific equipment at issue has not been determined, 1010 WINS reported.
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Officials believe water that has bubbled to the surface is playing a role in the destruction. But nobody can explain why suddenly there is plentiful water atop the hill in a county with groundwater shortages.

These same people would look at a burning fuse on a stick of dynamite, and wonder why something is burning!

Now I'm obviously no geologist, by any stretch, however, they have a state that is earthquake prone, they are draining all the ground water for all those people to waste on watering their lawns and golf courses, and they wonder why the ground is settling. Volcano or not, the ground there is always moving, and sometimes it makes big moves that are earthquakes. There is no question gravity works! You go shaking a little and all that soil and rock WILL settle and move, and as they move and compress together, it of course will force out any water, or lava that may be in the area. It's basic physics.

In other words, it's God telling those people to move!
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« Reply #72 on: May 15, 2013, 09:45:49 am »

Weird, Smelly Foam Oozes Through Cracks in Chinese Streets
5/13/13



Something very strange started oozing out of the streets in the Chinese city of Nanjing on Saturday night. Generally, when weird things start erupting from the ground in Asian countries it’s in the form of a giant b-movie monster, but this invasion was a whole lot realer, and a whole lot smellier.

At around 9PM, pedestrians began to notice the pavement at the Wende Baiyun Lane cross intersection started to crack and split open, and before long, a foamy white substance was spewing from the cracks, brining with it a foul-smelling stench. Within a short time, the foam had spread to a 50 meter radius and stood a foot high.

According to the Chinese news outlet Longhoo, firefighters and police rushed to rope off the scene, evacuating civilians and helping redirect the flow of traffic from the flow of ooze.

A short time later, the strange substance stopped leaking and the remnants that weren’t quickly washed into the sewers retreated back into the one centimeter wide cracks in the road, leaving authorities baffled as to what the stinking foam could have been.

An investigation has been started into the case of the smelly ooze, but so far, the only rational explanation that officials can come to is that the ‘Godzilla barf’ might be related to nearby subway construction, though even that theory hasn’t answered many questions.

http://whofortedblog.com/2013/05/13/godzilla-barf-weird-smelly-foam-oozes-cracks-chinese-streets/
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Weird, Smelly Foam Oozes Through Cracks in Chinese Streets
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Something very strange started oozing out of the streets in the Chinese city of Nanjing on Saturday night. Generally, when weird things start erupting from the ground in Asian countries it’s in the form of a giant b-movie monster, but this invasion was a whole lot realer, and a whole lot smellier.

At around 9PM, pedestrians began to notice the pavement at the Wende Baiyun Lane cross intersection started to crack and split open, and before long, a foamy white substance was spewing from the cracks, brining with it a foul-smelling stench. Within a short time, the foam had spread to a 50 meter radius and stood a foot high.

According to the Chinese news outlet Longhoo, firefighters and police rushed to rope off the scene, evacuating civilians and helping redirect the flow of traffic from the flow of ooze.

A short time later, the strange substance stopped leaking and the remnants that weren’t quickly washed into the sewers retreated back into the one centimeter wide cracks in the road, leaving authorities baffled as to what the stinking foam could have been.

An investigation has been started into the case of the smelly ooze, but so far, the only rational explanation that officials can come to is that the ‘Godzilla barf’ might be related to nearby subway construction, though even that theory hasn’t answered many questions.

http://whofortedblog.com/2013/05/13/godzilla-barf-weird-smelly-foam-oozes-cracks-chinese-streets/

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« Reply #74 on: May 15, 2013, 03:23:27 pm »

"Godzilla barf"!  Cheesy

So does that mean Japan just made a first strike? Seeing Godzilla is Japanese after all.
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« Reply #75 on: May 21, 2013, 07:58:13 pm »

Massive sinkhole kills five in south China town of Shenzhen
5/21/13




FIVE people have died after a 10-metre wide sinkhole opened up at the gates of an industrial estate in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boom town neighbouring Hong Kong. 
   
The Shenzhen Longgang district government said on its verified page on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, that five people had died and added that it was investigating the incident.

The sinkhole formed just outside the Huamao Industrial Park in Shenzhen on Monday evening, at a time when many factory workers would have been changing shifts, according to the website of Beijing-based newspaper the Guangming Daily.

The state-run Shanghai Daily newspaper said that rescuers saved one man.

Reports said it was unclear how many people had fallen into the hole in total, but the search was continuing on Tuesday.

Sinkholes in China are often blamed on construction works and the country's rapid pace of development.

Surveillance cameras in March captured images of a security guard being swallowed by a sinkhole, also in Shenzhen.

Two months ago a man was killed when his bedroom was swallowed by a eight metre sinkhole in Florida, in the US.


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I-5 Bridge Collapse Over Skagit River in Washington Sends Cars, People Into Water
May 23, 2013
A portion of the Interstate 5 freeway over the Skagit River in Skagit County, Wash., collapsed,
sending cars and people into the water, authorities said.
The collapse occurred on the Interstate 5 freeway over the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Wash., about two hours north of Seattle.
It was unclear whether or not there were any injuries.
"N/B and S/B lanes of I-5 Skagit River Bridge collapsed," Washington State Trooper Mark Francis posted on Twitter. "People and cars in water."
http://abcnews.go.com/US/bridge-collapse-skagit-river-washington-sends-cars-people/story?id=19246280#.UZ7g0M4pV6c
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« Reply #77 on: May 24, 2013, 05:22:25 pm »

Millions of Americans will cross 'structurally deficient' bridges this weekend
5/24/13
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/24/18469258-millions-of-americans-will-cross-structurally-deficient-bridges-this-weekend?lite

The Washington state bridge collapse that spilled two cars into the Skagit River could give Americans pause as they hit the roads for Memorial Day holiday travel.

With good reason.

This weekend, millions will cross 66,000 bridges that the federal government has deemed "structurally deficient," meaning key elements are in poor condition.

The Federal Highway Administration hastens to note that label doesn't mean they are unsafe or in danger of collapse, but transportation advocates say it highlights a growing crisis of aging infrastructure, deferred maintenance and rebuilding, and design flaws.

"We don't expect an epidemic of collapses — that's the extreme," said Dan Goldberg, communications director for Transportation for America, a coalition that identified the busiest deficient bridges in the nation in a 2011 report.

"We are going to see probably some more of this, but the more likely scenario is contending with the issues of decay that happen before the collapse."

Big potholes, weight restrictions and lane closings are some of the inconveniences bridge users face unless reconstruction and replacement is ramped up across the nation, Goldberg said.

The Interstate 5 bridge in Mount Vernon, Wash., which apparently crumpled after being hit by an oversized truck, was not on the Federal Highway Administration's structurally-deficient list.

Famed spans aren't the problem. San Francisco's Golden Gate, for instance, is in pretty good shape. The Brooklyn Bridge is undergoing a massive rehabilitation project to correct its deficiencies.

But hundreds of less glamorous bridges — many of them generic overpasses that take commuters over cross streets or other highways — remain vulnerable.

Here are six crossings, together used by more than 1 million vehicles each day, that don't make the grade:

I-76 over Klemm Ave. in Gloucester, N.J.: The deck and superstructure are in poor condition on this 11-lane interstate overpass that dates to 1956. More than 191,000 vehicles use it every day, and $30 million has been earmarked for deck replacement.

IS-695 over Milford Mill Road in Baltimore, Md.: Built in 1961 and reconstructed in 1979, this eight-lane overpass on the Baltimore Beltway has a deck and substructure in poor condition. But good news for nearly 190,000 vehicles that cross each day: It will be replaced in a two-year project starting this summer.

Halona St. Bridge in Honolulu, Hawaii: Built in 1938, this slab bridge over the Kapalama Canal is not slated for replacement until 2019. Some 184,000 vehicles travel the two-lane crossing, which has a deck and substructure in poor condition.

I-70 over Havana St. in Denver, Colo.: This 10-lane structure, which has a deck and substructure in poor condition, is slated for a rebuild in the next few years. Built in 1964 and reconstructed in 1978, it services 183,000 vehicles a day.

I-278 approach to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island, N.Y.: On an average day, 182,700 vehicles take this overpass to a majestic double-decker bridge. The substructure of the two-lane approach, built in 1961, is in poor condition.

I-95 over Hendricks Ave. in Jacksonville, Fla.: The deck is in poor condition on this nine-lane section of interstate that handles 121,000 vehicles a day. Built in 1959 and reconstructed in 1989, it is undergoing a replacement.
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« Reply #78 on: May 25, 2013, 01:21:29 pm »

From what I've read, these accidents didn't happen by accident, per se - pretty much this country is bankrupt and in debt, and don't have the necessary funds to maintain the infrastructure of these things. It seems like they're slowly on the increase in recent years.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/25/18490608-seven-injured-in-missouri-as-trains-collide-trigger-highway-bridge-collapse?lite
5/25/13
Seven injured in Missouri as trains collide, trigger highway bridge collapse

Two freight trains collided and derailed early Saturday in southeast Missouri, then triggered the collapse of a highway overpass when several rail cars struck a support pillar.

Seven people were injured, including two personnel on the trains and five individuals in cars on the overpass on Highway M near Scott City, about 120 miles south of St. Louis, NBC affiliate KSDK reported. All the injured were hospitalized and listed in fair condition.

The collision occurred before dawn at a rail intersection.

"One train T-boned the other one and caused it to derail, and the derailed train hit a pillar which caused the overpass to collapse," Scott County Sheriff's dispatcher Clay Slipis told Reuters.

The crash, which involved BNSF Railway Co and Union Pacific trains, also ignited a fire when diesel fuel leaked from one of the train engines, Slipis said.

The crash came just over a week after a commuter train derailed in Connecticut, striking another train and injuring more than 70 people during the evening rush hour.

On Friday, a truck crash caused the collapse of a bridge in Washington state, sending two cars plunging into the Skagit River. Three people were rescued.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it had dispatched a team to investigate the train crash.

Union Pacific said its train had been primarily carrying auto parts from Illinois to Texas. The Union Pacific locomotive and about a dozen cars derailed in the crash.

BNSF said that its train had been hauling scrap metal from salvage facilities and was heading south along the Missouri River.
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« Reply #79 on: May 25, 2013, 02:06:32 pm »

well, they usually go in threes
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« Reply #80 on: May 26, 2013, 07:05:37 am »

well, they usually go in threes


Now Mark, that's a bit "superstitious" don't you think? Not a very edifying thing to say as a Christian.
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« Reply #81 on: May 26, 2013, 08:58:22 am »

Now Mark, that's a bit "superstitious" don't you think? Not a very edifying thing to say as a Christian.

who ever heard of bridges collapsing in threes?  its so rare that they are big news when it happens. my comment was a take on how celebrities die in 3's, which they usually do close together. its just one of those weird things, not a "superstitious" as it doesn’t happen every time, but enough to warrant a general acknowledgment in modern society. Does a full moon produce more crazies? Not in general per say, but ask a cop if he believes it? ...
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« Reply #82 on: May 26, 2013, 05:31:12 pm »

Replacing damaged Mo. bridge estimated at $3M
5/26/13
CHAFFEE, Mo. (AP) — Cleanup of the collapsed southeast Missouri highway overpass continued Sunday, more than 24 hours after a cargo train crash led to a chain reaction.

The crash, which happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Chaffee, led to the derailment of about two dozen rail cars that smashed into the bridge's support pillars. Seven people in two cars on the Highway M overpass in Scott County were injured, none seriously, when two 40-foot sections of the overpass crumpled. All seven had been released from an area hospital Saturday.

"The damage is very extensive," Mark Shelton, engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation's southeast region, said Sunday. "We're going to end up removing the entire bridge and completely replacing it."

Shelton said the overpass replacement is estimated to cost about $3 million, and the bridge is expected to reopen in early September.

The overpass, which was built about 15 years ago, is used by about 400 to 500 cars a day, mostly between Chaffee, Scott City and Cape Girardeau. The National Transportation Safety Board said the bridge was given rated "good" after its last inspection in February.

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Sinkhole to close D.C. streets through Friday
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/sinkhole-to-close-dc-streets-through-friday/2013/05/28/0c0b4224-c7c2-11e2-9245-773c0123c027_story.html
5/28/13

The sinkhole in downtown Washington will continue to block lanes and impede traffic until the end of the work week, officials said Tuesday.

Authorities shut down parts of 14th and F streets in Northwest Washington last week after a pit opened at the intersection, which is blocks from the White House and in an area full of restaurants and hotels.

The work is taking so long because workers digging down to the sewer line have to navigate a complex thicket of utility lines and old trolley tracks, according to George S. Hawkins, general manager of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority.

“It’s been the most complicated street repair I’ve seen since I’ve been on the job,” Hawkins said at a news conferencein front of the sinkhole.

Work at the pit could cost nearly $2 million, Hawkins said.

All of the work should be completed and the roads reopened by Friday, said Paul A. Quander Jr., the deputy mayor for public safety.

“A lot of progress has been made,” Quander said. ”We’ve been working around the clock to fix this.”

Northbound 14th Street remains blocked between Pennsylvania and New York avenues, while F Street is closed between 13th and 15th streets. Only southbound traffic can pass through the intersection.

If the roads do reopen Friday, the intersection will have been at least partially blocked for 10 days spanning two work weeks and a holiday weekend. Traffic was severely affected in the blocks around the closure, with cars and buses being diverted from a key artery in and out of the city.

While the cause of the sinkhole is still being investigated, Hawkins said it appears that the hole developed because a nearby manhole was blocking a storm drain.

The storm drain at the northwest corner of the intersection, in front of the Hamilton restaurant, is meant to funnel storm water into the sewer system. But a manhole was constructed that blocked the drain. As a result, water had nowhere to go and seeped into the dirt under the street.

“That’s our best hypothesis,” Hawkins said.

The blockage in the storm drain was discovered Friday when workers threaded a camera into the drain. Authorities don’t know when the manhole was installed, but the dirt appears to have been washed out over a period of several years, Hawkins said.
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http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/index.ssf/2013/05/another_sinkhole_opens_up_on_n.html
Sinkhole traps truck on Northwood Avenue in Palmer Township(PA)
5/23/13

Another sinkhole opened up this morning on Northwood Avenue in Palmer Township, this one swallowing the front wheels of a Lowe's delivery truck.

The latest sinkhole is in the eastbound lane just outside a home at 2350 Northwood Ave. and is not far from previous sinkholes that opened recently.

Roy White, executive director of the Easton Suburban Water Authority, said crews have started working in the area of the 6-inch main break.

Just before 9 this morning, a school bus had traveled through the area when the driver noticed the sinkhole starting to form and called authorities, Palmer Township police said.

Before crews could arrive, the sinkhole opened up more and the Lowe's Home Improvement store delivery truck, which had stopped to deliver a riding lawn mower to a home along the road, became trapped.

Once the truck was freed from the hole, employees from the Bethlehem Township, Pa., Lowe's store unloaded the mower and pushed it past the sinkhole and up the driveway.

Palmer Township police are closing Northwood Avenue indefinitely from Tatamy Road to East Lane.

Sinkholes are common in the Lehigh Valley, where underground water runs through soft limestone that's prone to give way. But Palmer and Bethlehem township sinkholes are larger than most.

Crews in April had to repair two sizable sinkholes on Northwood Avenue, which collapsed from a leaky water main. A 16-inch main at that site led to the formation of another hole a few feet away.

On March 10, a sinkhole opened behind 1502 Second St. in Bethlehem Township. That sinkhole, which forced a family to leave its home, was blamed on an aging, leaky sewer main. A sinkhole formed in late April in Allentown
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« Reply #85 on: June 04, 2013, 10:29:59 am »

Large sinkhole opens in Winter Park

Nearby houses on standby for evacuation


Firefighters said a massive sinkhole -- at least 40 feet by 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep -- opened in the back yard of a Winter Park home.

The sinkhole is located behind a home in the 2300 block of Roxbury Road, not far from Interstate 4 and Fairbanks Avenue.

The homeowner, Suzie Blumenauar, told Local 6 she was celebrating her birthday Monday night and when she got home she noticed the sinkhole.

“What is going on here? This is devastation. The whole back yard is a mess,” Blumenauar said.

Fire crews said the sinkhole has swallowed up half of Blumenauar's pool and extends into her neighbors' yards.

On Tuesday, the Orange County Division of Building Safety declared two homes, including Blumenauar's, unsafe and the occupants have been ordered to leave.

Fire crews have not determined a cause for the sinkhole, but the city has been drilling a well nearby, something James Russo has concerns about. He lives across the street and worries the sinkhole could spread.

“The thought of that happening, if something opens up, it makes me nervous,” said Russo.

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Fire crews roped off the area in the back yard and officials will continue to monitor the hole.

In February, a sinkhole opened beneath a home in Seffner, near Tampa, swallowing and killing a man.

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« Reply #86 on: June 12, 2013, 12:20:48 am »

30-Foot Sinkhole Revealed Along I-69 Route
6/4/13
http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/30foot-sinkhole-revealed-i69-route-50212/



As I-69 construction continues in Monroe County, crews are encountering a number of sinkholes.

The state department of transportation says it is not unexpected given all the karst features in the area. But residents are worried about the impact of the construction on the environment.

Bulldozers and land movers are working to clear a path through southern Monroe County that will eventually become part of I-69.

This phase of the construction is the most challenging because of the karst topography. The construction is exposing large caverns, some 30 feet deep and 15 feet across.



I-69 opponent Thomas Tokarski says building the interstate over these sinkholes poses a threat to the groundwater because pollutants and runoff can seep through openings and into the water table.

“There is a real risk to the environment in that regard too,” he says. “Plus we’re not sure about the impacts of all this digging on personal wells. We’re on a water well and what is this going to do to our well? We have excellent water now. Is that going to contaminate our well? We just have to wait and see.”

INDOT spokesperson Will Wingfield says while these karst features are common throughout the area, the department’s planners have taken necessary precautions to prevent impacts to the water table and environment in general.

“Known karst features are identified on the site,” he says. “There’s measures being taken to filter and minimize runoff going into those features. Then as part of the construction process they’ll be managed and may be capped in order to minimize impact. It’s something that we knew about as we were developing the project and have added that into our schedule to make sure that we’re delivering the project on a timely manner.”

The section of I-69 from Crane to State Road 37 just south of Bloomington is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.

A 67-mile stretch of the road from Evansville to Crane opened in November.
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http://www.semissourian.com/story/1976637.html
6/10/13
Sinkhole area called 'very dangerous' to public(Missouri)

Editor's note: The following story has been edited to correct that Ken Eftink's comments were from 2011, when he was assistant city manager.

Cape Girardeau's public works director Tim Gramling said two sinkholes on South Sprigg Street, near LaCroix Creek, continue to grow. A sinkhole in the creek is causing water to flood into the nearby Buzzi Unicem quarry.

Gramling said as the waters of the Mississippi River rose to above flood stage for the second time this spring, the problem worsened. He said one of the sinkholes on South Sprigg Street is about 50 feet in diameter and about 15 feet deep. A second sinkhole near the end of the bridge over the creek is 20 to 25 feet in diameter and is roughly 6 to 8 feet deep.

"And it's growing as we're talking," he said.

Gramling attempted to explain why the problem, which has closed a portion of South Sprigg Street indefinitely, developed.

"You've just got to picture what's going on underground," he said. "It's like a 3-D Swiss cheese. Flood water gets into the cracks and crevasses and starts to fill up the quarry."

The water erodes the soil, causing more sinkholes.

Gramling said employees from Buzzi Unicem are working to address the creek sinkhole. He said the company is damming the creek by the bridge, attempting to isolate the water and keep down the flow into the quarry.

"They're not shut down, but they're trying their best to keep the water down," he said.

City employees are monitoring the creek bridge.

"It hasn't been affected," Gramling said. "We keep an eye on it."

The city and Buzzi Unicem have attempted in the past to fill the sinkholes with rock and concrete, to no avail.

"You can put stuff in them and it just disappears and we've done that for several years," Gramling said. "If we filled the holes up, by tomorrow [the fill] would be gone."

The sinkholes have been a problem in the area since 2007. In 2011, assistant city manager Ken Eftink said the number of sinkholes has grown from 15 to 33 in two months. The state Department of Natural Resources plans to take a look and city officials have met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and former U.S. representative Jo Ann Emerson.

While the crest of the Mississippi River at just short of 45 feet on Friday at Cape Girardeau is good news in many ways, Gramling said it isn't much help as far as the sinkholes are concerned.

"When the water goes down, it actually aggravates them," he said. "It could aggravate them and make them worse."

Gramling said Ameren is keeping a close watch on a major natural gas line that runs through the problem area.

Asked if there's much that can be done, Gramling was not optimistic.

"Not really; just keep an eye on it," he said. "Right now the main thing is safety for the public. It's very dangerous; it's very unpredictable; it's random. It's just not a place for people to be walking around, unless they're emergency workers."

As for the future, the permanent closure of Sprigg Street in the area of the creek is a possibility. The city had to change plans to expand its wastewater treatment plant -- the first few sinkholes were noticed south of the plant -- and instead build a new one in another location.

Gramling said not to expect the closed portion of Sprigg Street to reopen any time soon.

"It will probably be closed now for a while," he said.
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« Reply #88 on: June 12, 2013, 01:09:08 am »

Sinkhole At Rangers Ballpark Forces Team To Cancel Batting Practice
6/12/13



A sinkhole at the Rangers ballpark in Texas made it a little difficult for players to concentrate on batting practice.

According to ABC, a small sinkhole opened up behind the mound at the Texas ballpark early on Tuesday morning. The Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers were both scheduled to take batting practice on the field but practice had to be canceled to give maintenance crews a chance to fix the problem.

NBC reports that a busted pipe under the field created the mini sinkhole. Crew workers had to dig down three feet to get to the pipe and fix the problem.

The Indians were on an 8 game losing streak heading into their game tonight and manager Terry Francona joked about creating the sinkhole at the ballpark on purpose. Francona referenced a scene in the movie Bull Durham where Kevin Costner purposefully floods a field in order to get a break from losing.

Francona said: “I didn’t do it … We’re not there yet. We’re frustrated, but we’re not there.”

The Indians and the Rangers would eventually take the field for their game at Rangers stadium and the Indians, for the first time in a long time, would come out on top. The Indians beat the Rangers 5-2.

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