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

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January 29, 2018, 01:21:57 am Christian40 says: It will be interesting to see what happens this year Israel being 70 years as a modern nation may 14 2018
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October 16, 2017, 03:28:18 am Christian40 says: anyone else thinking that time is accelerating now? it seems im doing days in shorter time now is time being affected in some way?
September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-11-new-fda-approved-hepatitis-b-vaccine-found-to-increase-heart-attack-risk-by-700.html
September 19, 2017, 03:59:21 am Christian40 says: bbc international did a video about there street preaching they are good witnesses
September 14, 2017, 08:06:04 am Psalm 51:17 says: bro Mark Hunter on YT has some good, edifying stuff too.
September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
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« Reply #91 on: June 17, 2013, 07:35:36 pm »

Pictures: http://fox4kc.com/2013/06/15/sinkhole-swallows-front-end-of-semi/
6/15/13
Sinkhole swallows front end of semi

MISSION, Kan. — An apparent sinkhole swallowed up the front end of a semi tractor-trailer in Mission, Kan. Saturday afternoon.

The pictures below were sent to FOX 4 by Jamie McCray. Others also watched as authorities tried to retrieve the truck from the lot.

FOX 4 is working to gather more information on this developing story after the heavy rains.

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« Reply #92 on: June 18, 2013, 08:13:49 am »

"Radioactive-Looking" Sinkholes

A hole opens up in the street and a fluorescent green fluid appears inside.



What is that stuff?

It sounds like a scene from an episode of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a Nickelodeon slime show or a toxic waste dump.

But this isn’t science fiction, this sinkhole filled with fluorescent green goo is reality and it’s located on a Philadelphia street. Steven Reitz can prove it. The Northern Liberties resident shot a photo of the "radioactive-looking" sinkhole along Randolph Street near Girard Avenue last week.

Reitz’s photo was then shared around the world after he posted it to the social discussion site, Reddit. Since then, hundreds of Reddit users weighed in on what exactly was the green liquid in the sinkhole. More than a few mentioned the Ninja Turtles as a possibility.

There would be no “Splinter” in this story however even if there was still a mystery.

It seems the mystery of what caused the bright green water and who was responsible might be answered by Philadelphia Gas Works -- since their name "PGW" is stamped on the traffic barricade -- or the Streets Department -- since this is a hole in the street – but a few phone calls revealed that the radioactive-looking water came from the Philadelphia Water Department.

Philadelphia Water Department spokeswoman Laura Copeland tells NBC10.com that the green-looking fluid is actually a “harmless, food dye” used as a tracer. It helps workers identify the cause of sinkholes, cave-ins and other holes in the ground.

“Since most of our infrastructure is outside, we mainly use the green dye as it is the most visible and can be seen at the greatest distance in our infrastructure,” Copeland said. “

Green is not the only hue on the palette of problem-solving colors. They also use blue and red dyes to differentiate other sources of a break, especially when working inside a home, Copeland said.

The colored water doesn't pose a threat to the general public, according to officials.

And that gaping hole in the street?

Soon after posting the photo, Reitz reported back that the hole was already boarded up.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird/Green-Flourescent-Water-Hole-Philly-211843641.html?dr
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Mystery Substance Prompts Closure Of Indiana Beach

Swimmers have been ordered out of Lake Michigan at Porter Beach because of a substance in the water. WBBM’s Nancy Harty has more.

It was originally thought to be an oil slick that prompted the closure of Porter Beach and the Indiana Dunes State Park Beach right next door, but park ranger Bruce Rowe says samples taken of the quarter-mile long slick show it is not.

“The initial results, very initial, are that it is not oil based, but that we don’t have the specific results as to what it is,” Rowe says.
 
Rowe says that around noon, beach visitors noticed their children coming out of the lake with a silvery, almost metallic material sticking to them, which prompted the beach closure.
 
Lifeguards walked the shoreline, announcing the water was off-limits.
 
“They said it with urgency. They told everybody to evacuate the water immediately,” beachgoer Jason Pavela said.
 
Several agencies are investigating, including the U.S. Geological Survey. Rowe says it will likely be the morning before they have any idea of what the substance is, so no one is allowed into the water until then.
 
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« Reply #94 on: June 18, 2013, 12:06:13 pm »

People lounging around, recreating eh? MAYBE they shouldn't be out swimming and partying like it's 1999!  Roll Eyes
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Scary - sounds like mercury  Shocked
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« Reply #96 on: July 25, 2013, 09:32:16 am »

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/24/world/asia/china-sinkhole-problem/index.html?hpt=hp_c3
7/24/13
Living a nightmare in China's city of sinkholes

Jining, China (CNN) -- Four months after he built a new, two-story brick house in his village in northern China's Shandong Province, Xiao Guoqiang was alarmed to find a huge crack on the living room wall.

Having seen homes in neighboring villages sink, Xiao realized his long-held fears were coming true.

"I knew the day was coming, but I didn't expect it to happen so soon," said Xiao, who has been forced to move from the land -- on which four generations of his family have lived -- as a consequence.

Xiao's hometown, Jining, is one of China's "coal cities," whose mineral wealth helps light up the night skies of the world's most energy-hungry country. The land here is honeycombed with coal mines, which can form massive sinkholes that leave thousands of homes uninhabitable every year.

Ten years ago, the area where Xiao lived was a vibrant farming community on the North China Plain. But sinkholes are devouring 20 million square meters (7.7 square miles) of land here a year, according to the Jining Land Resource Bureau, and have displaced an estimated 100,000 people, mostly farmers and their families, over the past decade.

Sinkholes around the world

By 2090, the bureau predicts one third of the city -- an area as large as Los Angeles -- will fall into the earth, and an estimated 5 million people will have been forced out of the region by the problem.

Those figures worry government-affiliated sinkhole researcher Gu Mei, who said tensions over migration may lead to social unrest.

"Schools in some districts are overwhelmed with migrant students, while in other districts, classrooms are half empty," she told CNN.

Sinkholes: Common, costly and sometimes deadly

In this low-lying area, most sinkholes quickly fill with water. "I am afraid the city is turning into the Venice of the East," former mayor Li Guangsheng told the Qilu Weekly, a local newspaper, earlier this year.

When coal was discovered in the region in the 1960s, it proved a boon for the local economy. State-run miner YanKaung Group Ltd. grew from a local coal company to a multination-listed energy giant, employing about one of every two workers in town.

Meng Lingjun, a coal company employee, remembers the city as an underdeveloped backwater thirty years ago.

It costs at least US$15 per square meter to drain a hole and put in new soil. But according to Xiao Guoqiang, villagers only get compensated to the tune of US$5 per square meter from the coal company.

The Yankuang Group declined CNN requests for comment, citing the sensitivity of mining-induced farmland losses and migration issues.

For Xiao, the move to his new home has hit the family's dinner table as they can no longer raise their own pigs or grow their own vegetables.

"The pork price is rising and we cannot afford it. Having fresh vegetables and meat had never been a problem before because we grew and bred what we wanted to eat," Xiao said.

Another villager points out the lack of jobs in the new location.

"Our new home is 20 miles (32.1 kilometers) from the nearest town. It is hard for us find a decent job," said Kong Jian, who operates a street noodle stand.

"Young people flock to bigger cities, looking for factory jobs. Those who stayed are doing small businesses like operating noodle restaurants," Xiao said. "But for the next generation, nobody will know how to farm."

The 50-year old gets emotional when talking about his old village.

"As I get older, my nostalgic feeling for the old village grows stronger. I try not to think about it -- about the fact that it is a lake and the village only lives in my memory."
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« Reply #97 on: July 25, 2013, 02:25:23 pm »

Maybe we are now seeing the real reason for all those cities China has built and are standing empty. They aren't failed projects, but on standby for future need it seems.
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« Reply #98 on: July 26, 2013, 04:14:08 pm »

http://www.startribune.com/local/west/216619681.html
7/23/13
The story behind Robbinsdale's great big sinkhole

A break in neighboring cities’ water main created a 20-foot hole and closed the city’s busiest intersection for three weeks.

On the morning of June 22, the bottom of a 36-inch water main in the heart of Robbinsdale burst, peeling back several feet of concrete-coated steel pipe like a can of sardines.

Over the next 40 minutes, an estimated 600,000 gallons of water blasted downward, creating a hole 20 feet deep at the city’s busiest intersection.

“This is your worst nightmare,” said Crystal City Engineer Tom Mathisen, who supervised the repairs. “It’s always kind of hair-pulling, but yet, because we do this kind of stuff all of the time, there’s a process to do it.”

The complete repair and reconstruction of the giant Robbinsdale Sinkhole was finished in three weeks, an impressive feat considering the magnitude and complexity of the damage. Water gushing from the broken water main bored down 10 feet and destroyed a sanitary sewer line, which filled with sand and dirt. Then water, dirt and debris churned upward, taking out a storm sewer pipe that sat less than a foot above the water main.

The water continued to drive toward the surface, and eventually popped off several manhole covers, flooding the intersection of 42nd Avenue (County Rd. 9) and Bottineau Boulevard (Hwy. 81) around 10 a.m. In a stroke of luck, a nearby gas line was unscathed and no one was injured.

“I certainly have to commend the [various public works departments] for how quickly they turned the water off ... and then repaired it,” said Robbinsdale Mayor Regan Murphy. “It was an amazing response — I mean, it was a 20-foot hole, and they had [Hwy. 81] open in two weeks,”

The repairs were especially tricky because the water main takes two slight turns near the break, one at a 45-degree angle and one at a 12-degree angle. The bends had to be replaced with custom piping, which was trucked in overnight from Dayton, Ohio.

“Thirty-six-inch ductile iron pipe is not something you just keep on your shelf,” said Mathisen.

There was speculation that the blowout was related to the severe weather that ripped through the Twin Cities June 21-22, but city officials say that the break was probably a result of a leak that slowly built for years. Mathison pointed out clusters of pinholes around the spot where the 50-year-old pipe burst as evidence of it weakening over time.

A community curiosity

Packs of onlookers gathered to marvel at the massive hole as workers began the repair process.

Mathisen insists that the Robbinsdale Sinkhole was not actually a sinkhole at all but rather a “blowhole” that resulted when the water pressure from the break blew the road apart. A sinkhole occurs when water weakens the ground below the surface, causing a collapse.

People cracked jokes and shared funny Photoshopped pictures on Facebook, and crowds spent their lunches sitting in the grass on the side of the formerly busy road watching the repairs.

“It became like a peanut gallery. People were gathered at the parking lot at McDonald’s and over at Pilgrim Cleaners, cheering,” said Mathisen.

“On Facebook, someone posted a picture of a Tyrannosaurus rex coming out” of the hole, added Murphy. “There was talk of making T-shirts, and a lot of people drove down to come look at it.”

A Twitter account, @Rdale Sinkhole, even sprang up to make light of the giant crater.

Mayor Murphy said that while all of the wisecracking was fun, most people he talked to were just relieved that no one was hurt. And some nearby residents had minor flooding due to the sanitary sewer getting clogged, which wasn’t funny at all for those homeowners.

Tangled teamwork

The burst water main is owned by the Joint Water Commission, a coalition of three cities — Crystal, Golden Valley and New Hope — that buy their water from Minneapolis. The Robbinsdale Police Department provided security for the site — it was, after all, the Robbinsdale Sinkhole.

Hennepin County got involved because the break occurred on County Road 9, and private contracting companies Northern Dewatering (water and sewage excavation), Valley-Rich (pipe repair) and C.S. McCrossan (repaving) worked on the repairs, in addition to a team of municipal workers headed by Mathisen.

In all, Mathisen estimates that there were 60 workers on-site initially, but that subsided to a daily number closer to 20 once repairs commenced. At this point, it’s still unclear who will be paying for what.

“How much reimbursement is due to us for our costs handling our emergency response and having to get the sand out of our sanitary main and storm sewer main has yet to be worked out,” said Marcia Glickman, Robbinsdale city manager. Glickman expects that the specific payments will be worked out through insurance companies. Total costs were estimated by Mathisen to be between $300,000 and $500,000.

Over the next two summers, a large section of County Road 9 east of Hwy. 81 is scheduled to be rebuilt, and the Water Commission already planned to replace the water pipes below that section of County Road 9 as part of the project.

Now, in addition to replacing the pipes, Mathisen hopes to purchase Smart Balls from Pure Technologies to help monitor leaks in the system.

Smart Balls are periodically inserted into pipes and record audio as they roll along. They can detect, record and pinpoint the location of minor leaks within 10 feet, according to the Pure Technologies’ website.

Mathisen hopes that aggressive maintenance measures like this will extend the life of the pipes and prevent another Robbinsdale Sinkhole from happening.
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http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1292740/massive-sinkhole-shaanxi-swallows-cement-truck
Giant sinkhole in Shaanxi swallows cement truck
7/29/13

A cement truck proved to be too much for a street section on Xian's outskirts on Saturday, causing a seven-metre-deep sinkhole and raising questions over construction safety in China.

In the early morning, a cement truck was swallowed by a sinkhole as it was on its way to its daytime deployment in northern China's Shaanxi province. No one was injured, and the driver was able to escape the vehicle. It took urban authorities until 10pm to remove the truck from the site.

Sinkholes are a common sight in the country, where fast-paced urbanisation and inadequate training have led to faulty infrastructure. In May, five people were killed when a 10-metre-wide sinkhole opened up at an industrial estate in Shenzhen. Two months earlier, another man had been killed by a sinkhole in the Guangdong border hub.

In January, a 300 sq m sinkhole swallowed five shops and cut power to 3,000 households in Guangzhou. The construction of a subway line has been blamed for the sink hole.

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« Reply #101 on: August 03, 2013, 04:29:26 pm »

http://www.wibw.com/home/localnews/headlines/Large-Sinkhole-Discovered-In-Western-Kansas-218145361.html
Large Sinkhole Discovered In Western Kansas
8/2/13



WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)-- Watch your step if you venture into Wallace County in western Kansas.

The Wallace County sheriff says a large sinkhole was discovered about a week ago eight miles north of Wallace.

They're waiting on experts to come out and examine the sinkhole.

They have no idea what caused it, and no injuries have been reported.
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« Reply #102 on: August 04, 2013, 05:20:07 am »

Sinkhole Takes On “Volcano-Like” Quality: Is This More Proof That The Louisiana Sinkhole Is Actually A Volcano?

Is the Louisiana sinkhole actually a ‘volcano’? According to this video report from  Pinksapphiret2 and story from The Advocate in Louisiana , the Bayou Corne sinkhole is now 20X bigger than it was this time last year, and “it has taken on a volcano-like quality”. We KNOW for a fact that an ancient volcano was in the area as shared in this story and the must watch 2nd video below. With the area receiving many recent tremors, has the ‘Louisiana Sinkhole Volcano’ come back to life again?
 
John Boudreaux smelled petroleum in the air when he arrived at work at 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 3 of last year.
 
More than two months into an emergency response for unexplained bayou bubbles and tremors, Boudreaux was working in Bayou Corne at a command post set up to investigate the mysterious goings-on that had baffled residents, Assumption Parish officials and state regulators.
 
In a wooded patch on Texas Brine’s leased site south off La. 70 was a 200-foot-by-200-foot sinkhole.
 
Initially called a “slurry hole,” the sinkhole had emerged sometime overnight after months of stirrings deep underground, pulling mature cypress trees straight down under a surface of floating mats of grass, mud and crude oil.
 
Since that day, one year ago Saturday, the 24-acre sinkhole has grown by a factor of more than 20 and taken on a volcano-like quality. The sinkhole has dormant periods and active periods, when tremors increase and methane and an emulsified oily gunk are released from deep natural deposits.

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http://www.wibw.com/home/localnews/headlines/Large-Sinkhole-Discovered-In-Western-Kansas-218145361.html
Large Sinkhole Discovered In Western Kansas
8/2/13



WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)-- Watch your step if you venture into Wallace County in western Kansas.

The Wallace County sheriff says a large sinkhole was discovered about a week ago eight miles north of Wallace.

They're waiting on experts to come out and examine the sinkhole.

They have no idea what caused it, and no injuries have been reported.



What caused a giant sinkhole in a Kansas pasture?

A mysterious, massive hole in the earth is attracting visitors to western Kansas.
 
Geologists and engineers are still trying to determine how and why the ground gave way in this particular spot south of Goodland in the middle of someone’s pasture.
 
“Man had nothing to do with this. This is a God thing,” said Larry Townsend, Wallace County Sheriff. “There’s no oil well around here. There are no irrigation wells anywhere near. This is something that just happened.”
 
The sink hole is about 200 feet across and 90 feet deep. Some people have let their curiosity overtake their caution and have hiked down into the cavity, but the sheriff warns that hiking into it is a bad idea because they don’t know what’s under it and if it will further collapse.


video: http://fox4kc.com/2013/08/05/what-caused-a-giant-sinkhole-in-a-kansas-pasture/
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“Man had nothing to do with this. This is a God thing,” said Larry Townsend, Wallace County Sheriff. “There’s no oil well around here. There are no irrigation wells anywhere near. This is something that just happened.”
 
The sink hole is about 200 feet across and 90 feet deep. Some people have let their curiosity overtake their caution and have hiked down into the cavity, but the sheriff warns that hiking into it is a bad idea because they don’t know what’s under it and if it will further collapse.

Prov_27:20  Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

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http://web.orange.co.uk/article/quirkies/Car_nearly_falls_in_giant_sinkhole
8/4/13
Car nearly falls in giant sinkhole

A driver had a lucky escape in southern China when a giant sinkhole opened up just inches in front of his car.

The 20ft wide hole - more than 20ft deep - appeared in Nanning city just days after local TV and phone companies had laid new cables under the highway.

"One second the road was there, the next it was just a hole," said one witness.

"The driver managed to stop just in time just as one of his wheels was touching the edge," they added.

And a giant truck ahead of the motor was almost pulled into the hole when its rear wheels were caught in the other side.

A police spokesman said: "We are investigating the cause of the collapse."
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/huge-sinkhole-swallows-backhoe-in-downtown-montreal-as-crews-plug-water-leak/article13598688/
Huge sinkhole swallows backhoe in downtown Montreal as crews plug
8/5/13

A section of a downtown commercial street swallowed a backhoe on Monday as city crews were getting ready to repair a leaky water main.

The backhoe had started to chip at asphalt near the corner of Ste-Catherine and Guy streets when the ground crumbled beneath it and the heavy machine tumbled in.

The driver of the backhoe was not injured but was taken to hospital to be checked out as a precaution, city officials said.

Emilie Miskdjian, a spokeswoman for the Ville-Marie borough, said the city was alerted to the possible water leak on the weekend.

She said preliminary indications were that the leak caused the problem but more inspections needed to be done to find the exact cause.

“We think that the water leak was because of the sewer pipe,” she told reporters. “It’s a broken sewer pipe. That’s what we think but we have to do inspections to see what is really the cause.”


Montreal police quickly blocked off streets around the sinkhole and rerouted traffic away from the stretch of street which is dotted with restaurants and stores.

Metal fences were erected around the hole, where the backhoe remained at an angle as crews figured out how to eventually remove it safely.

Firefighters and gas company workers also milled around the scene, which drew a horde of lunchtime gawkers who snapped pictures of it with their cellphones.

Rahman Esmaili, owner of the Sharx pool bar, was instead assessing damage to his basement-level bar where he says water had been leaking in for more than a week.

He says the city was warned about the problem but replied there were no reports of low water pressure.

The city completely ignored (it),” he said. “This morning, they decided to come and look at it.”

Esmaili said workers hadn’t been there long before the street caved in. He wondered aloud what would have happened if heavy traffic had been passing over the spot at the moment it collapsed.

“It’s very disturbing,” he said.

Esmaili said he will have to close his business for several days to replace soaked carpeting.
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Sinkhole causes resort villa to partially collapse

CLERMONT, Fla. (August 12, 2013)- A sinkhole caused a section of a central Florida resort villa to partially collapse early Monday, while another section of the villa was sinking, authorities said.

About 30 percent of the three-story structure collapsed around 3 a.m. Monday, Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar said. The villa at the Summer Bay Resort had already been evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Cuellar said authorities were also concerned about another section of the villa, which was sinking.

The sinkhole, which is in the middle of the villa, is about 40 to 50 feet in diameter, Cuellar said. He said authorities think it was getting deeper but couldn't tell early Monday if it was growing outward.

The villa houses 24 units and about 20 people were staying in it at the time, Cuellar said.

Authorities were called to the scene, about 10 miles west of Disney World, late Sunday where they found that the building was making popping sounds and windows were breaking.

A nearby villa was also evacuated as a precaution, Cuellar said.Witnesses told The Associated Press they could hear a cracking sound as the villa began sinking. A large crack was visible at the building's base.

Luis Perez, who was staying at a villa near the sinking one, said he was in his room when the lights went off around 11:30 p.m. He said he was on his way to the front desk to report the outage when he saw firefighters and police outside.

"I started walking toward where they were at and you could see the building leaning and you could see a big crack at the base of the building," said Perez, 54, of Berona, N.J.CLERMONT, Fla.
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A sinkhole caused a section of a central Florida resort villa to partially collapse early Monday, while another section of the villa was sinking, authorities said.

About 30 percent of the three-story structure collapsed around 3 a.m. Monday, Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar said. The villa at the Summer Bay Resort had already been evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Cuellar said authorities were also concerned about another section of the villa, which was sinking.The sinkhole, which is in the middle of the villa, is about 40 to 50 feet in diameter, Cuellar said.

He said authorities think it was getting deeper but couldn't tell early Monday if it was growing outward.

The villa houses 24 units and about 20 people were staying in it at the time, Cuellar said.

Authorities were called to the scene, about 10 miles west of Disney World, late Sunday where they found that the building was making popping sounds and windows were breaking.

A nearby villa was also evacuated as a precaution, Cuellar said.

Witnesses told The Associated Press they could hear a cracking sound as the villa began sinking. A large crack was visible at the building's base.Luis Perez, who was staying at a villa near the sinking one, said he was in his room when the lights went off around 11:30 p.m. He said he was on his way to the front desk to report the outage when he saw firefighters and police outside."I started walking toward where they were at and you could see the building leaning and you could see a big crack at the base of the building," said Perez, 54, of Berona, N.J.

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Sinkhole damages Disney World-area resort

Dozens of guests at a Florida resort near Walt Disney World were evacuated late Sunday when at least two buildings partially collapsed after a sinkhole opened on the property's grounds, guests and resort employees said.
 
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
 
Guests "heard the building popping, and they all got out," said a Summer Bay Resort security worker. He said the buildings at least partially collapsed into a sinkholes.

 Dora Dembley, an employee at the Clermont, Fla., resort near Orlando, said Lake County fire officials responded after at least two buildings on the 64-acre property were damaged.

"Everybody was cleared out of the buildings, so nobody got hurt," said Dembley, who confirmed that multiple buildings were damaged, including one whose front was sheared off and appeared to sink into the ground.
 
Guests had only 10 to 15 minutes to leave, according to the Orlando Sentinel, with around three dozen resort-goers leaving behind car keys, medication and other personal belongings inside their luxury condominiums.
 
"My heart sunk. I was sick to my stomach," said resort president Paul Caldwell after getting a call about 10:30 p.m. from his staff that the 15-year-old buildings full of guests were sinking into the ground.
 
"No doubt there would've been injuries if they hadn't gotten the building evacuated," he said during a live news conference.
 
One witness told WFTV, a local television station, that "windows were breaking everywhere."
 
"One woman was sitting in the tub and the tub levitated, and that's when she just grabbed a pair of shorts and came out ..." guest Maggie Ghamry told the station.
 
She said another couple with an infant baby had to smash through a room window after the door frame collapsed.
 
"It was the most ... surreal experience I never could have imagined in my wildest dreams."
 
Dembley said several dozen evacuated guests were being housed in other buildings on the property, about six miles from Walt Disney World.
 
A spokesman for the Lake County Fire Department did not immediately return a call for comment.
 
Authorities are awaiting engineers to confirm whether the gaping hole in the earth is in fact a sinkhole.

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8/23/13

I-80 sinkhole prompts lane closures, slows traffic

A sinkhole that opened up on Truckee, California along I-80 is expected to delay traffic east- and westbound.


A 3-foot-wide sinkhole that developed Friday morning in Truckee, California forced the closure of two lanes along Interstate 80, officials said.

Th 8-foot-deep sinkhole opened around Donner Pass Road during a paving operation early Friday morning.

According to The Department of Transportation, east- and westbound lanes on I-80 will be delayed during the shutdown. The closure could affect commuters heading to and from Sacramento and Bay areas.

Workers are currently assessing the situation to make the necessary repairs. Authorities attributed the concavity to a corroded culvert underneath the ground.

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Sinkhole scare closes Florida school
8/29/13

TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) -- Students won't be at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa Thursday or Friday, but engineers will.

Two areas near the school's athletic field started caving in this week and classes were closed as a precaution.

"The hole was examined, filled in with dirt, and then monitored for the next several days," explained Head of School Tim Euler.

Another hole was discovered nearby Wednesday.
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8/30/13
Floods Cause Sinkhole, Worries Homeowners

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - After Wednesday's floods tore a hole in Burchfield Street, the city brought in a contractor Friday to take a look inside the pipes.

A sink hole the size of an SUV sits down the street from Lori Fruk's home. Friday caution tape, road closure signs and city workers surrounded the site, as workers investigated the flood.

"We hope they find answers and find them soon because we can't keep wondering," said Fruk.

On Friday, a Kalamazoo company came to Burchfield to check out the pipes. They started in one end of the street and worked their way to the sinkhole to look for any damage that might have been done to the pipes.

All workers could tell 6 News Friday, was that there was a problem with the pipe's flow.

"It hit a record for the maximum amount of rainfall on any given day in the month of August since 1869," said Chad ****, the director of public service in Lansing.

However, Burchfield residents have faced flooding problems before. Two years ago floods damaged Fruk's home, causing $40,000 worth of repairs. Fruk is still not back in her home.

"We just have been trying for two years for answers and being that the issue keeps happening, keeps getting worse, we just want a home, a safe home," says Fruk.

**** says he proposed a plan to city council when the first flood hit in 2011. It would buy out the homeowners and cost the city about $400,000. The only other solution is to increase Burchfield's storm sewer size, costing Lansing tens of millions of dollars.

"We just want a safe place to lay our head and not have to worry, whether it's here, whether it's somewhere else. Just let us be able to sleep at night," said Fruk.

 **** says the issue will be addressed again at Wednesday's public meeting.
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Sinkhole estimated to be 35-feet deep opens up on Flintridge Drive
9/15/13

City crews will be working late into Sunday night and early on Monday morning to fix a sinkhole estimated to be 35-feet deep on the 2700-block of Flintridge Drive in Colorado Springs.

The sinkhole opened up at around 5:30 p.m. under the driveway of a home. Nela Glemming owns the home and was inside at the time but didn't know what had happened until a passer-by knocked on her door and told her. Thankfully her home is safe and she said the driveway is actually the city's responsibility so she won't have to pay for repairs. She said she was just thankful nobody was hurt and grateful that the damage was so light compared to what others have suffered during severe weather across Colorado over the past few days.

"Nobody's hurt, my house is all intact so it's an OK thing," Glemming explained. "There's a lot of people that are really suffering through this rain and this is not that big a deal."

City workers told News 5 that some equipment to repair the hole had to be trucked in from Denver and was not expected to arrive until 2 a.m. on Monday and the work will likely take much of the day. A high pressure gas line running through the hole was not damaged but had to be shut-off while workers made repairs.
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'Cylindrical' Sinkhole Swallows Marine In Missouri (Video)
9/19/13

31 year-old Marine, Husband and father, Curtis Powelson, died on Monday after falling 70 feet into a sinkhole while he was deer hunting, in Missouri. When he never returned home his wife called authorities, who gathering together 20 cops, firefighters and neighbors and started searching for the missing active duty Marine.

Tuesday morning, dead at the bottom of a 70ft unmarked sinkhole, that is believed to have opened up during heavy rains last month. According to the Pulaski County Sheriff, Ron Long, "several firefighters' and other searchers almost fell into the same sinkhole before finding Powelson's body.

"I kind of use that term loosely because I've seen sinkholes before and this was nothing like I've seen before," said Long. "It was very cylindrical."







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« Reply #114 on: September 21, 2013, 10:09:47 pm »

Will the Dead Sea be eaten by sinkholes? Huge chasms are appearing in the region at a rate of one per day

The Dead Sea is drying up at a rate of one meter per year causing sinkholes

There are now over 3,000 sinkholes around the Dead Sea on the Israeli side

This compares to 40 in 1990, with the first sinkhole appearing in the 1980s


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The Dead Sea is drying up at an incredible rate leaving huge chasms of empty space in its wake.

These chasms appear in the form of large, devastating sinkholes and are increasing in number throughout the region.

Experts claim they are now forming at a rate of nearly one a day, but have no way of knowing when or how they will show up.



Estimates by Moment magazine suggest that, on the Israeli side alone, there are now over 3,000 sinkholes around the Dead Sea.

This compares to just 40 counted in 1990, with the first sinkhole appearing in the 1980s.

The Dead Sea spans more than 60 miles through Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan.

Its waters are 10 times saltier than the northern Atlantic Ocean because it has no outlet. This means that any minerals that flow there, stay there.





The increase in sinkholes is directly related to the Dead Sea drying up at a rate of one meter per year.

Sinkholes are basically bowl-shaped features that form when an empty space under the ground creates a depression.

The depression is the result of a reaction between freshwater and salt buried in a subterranean level beneath the surface.

When the freshwater dissolves the salt, it creates a void, causing the landscape around and above it to suddenly collapse.

Over the last few decades, increasing numbers of people have been drawn to the Dead Sea causing its salt water to dry up.

This leaves more fresh water in the area to dissolve the salt and create more cavities.

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The Dead Sea spans more than 60 miles through Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan.

Its water level has fallen from 394 meters below sea level in the 1960s to about423 meters below sea level as of end 2012.

As a result, the Sea’s water surface area has been reduced  by one third: from roughly 950 square
kilometers to 637 square kilometers today.

The water level continues  to drop at an alarming pace of 0.8 to 1.2 meters per year.

The significant decline of the water level  over the past 30 years is due to diversion of water from the Jordan River and from the Dead Sea itself due to population increase.

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And that is being done for the love of money.
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« Reply #116 on: October 10, 2013, 11:06:28 am »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/09/florida-homeowner-faces-thousands-in-damage-after-pool-rises-from-ground/?intcmp=latestnews
10/9/13
Florida homeowner faces thousands in damage after pool rises from ground

Groundwater under a Florida homeowner's backyard forced an in-ground pool to partially raise about three feet out of the dirt, prompting fears of another sinkhole, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported.

Jessica Pedraza, who lives in Brandon, which is east of Tampa, told the station that she and he husband drained the pool on Sunday. When they returned to the home on Monday night, they saw the pool jutting out of the dirt. Pedraza faces repairs that will likely total tens of thousands of dollars. Insurance will not cover the cost, the station reported.

Pedraza said her insurance company told her they likely will deny her claim. They're pointing to the "exclusions" section of her policy which includes "water below the surface of the ground...which exerts pressure on...a swimming pool or other structure."

"You pay for an insurance policy assuming that you have coverage and the coverage isn't actually there when you go to file the claim," she said.

Pedraza said the insurance company offered her $1,500, roughly the cost of sending out one of their engineers to determine the damage was caused by ground water.
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« Reply #117 on: October 10, 2013, 02:52:12 pm »

Pools pop out of the ground all the time. It's a known engineering issue, especially in Florida (I was born in Tampa and my high school competed against Brandon High, and my grandparents had a pool in that area at one time). That's why they say not to empty your pool unless absolutely needed, and refill it as soon as possible. In fact, unless you have a crack that can't be fixed under water, which many cracks can, there is really no reason to drain a pool, so long as your filtration system is working and you keep it skimmed out.

Those homeowners don't have a claim that I can see.
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« Reply #118 on: October 11, 2013, 10:10:30 pm »

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Palmyra homes, apartments evacuated for sinkhole
Posted: Oct 11, 2013 1:43 PM PDT Updated: Oct 11, 2013 2:00 PM PDT

PALMYRA, Pa. (WHTM) -
"They said it sounded like a bomb going off when the ground dropped out from underneath," said Wallace Bidelspach, who lives across East Cherry Street from where several sinkholes opened up Friday in Palmyra.

It didn't just "sound" like a bomb went off. It "looked" like it too.

Several chimneys collapsed, one onto a neighbor's roof.

There were concrete stairways to nowhere, that dropped into a hole after just two steps.

And there were several huge craters below that no doubt rocked the homes above.

"One of the houses, they can't open their doors," Bidelspach said. "The foundation has shifted that much."

Eight houses, four of them apartments, were evacuated.

"I was woken up at 6 o'clock this morning with pounding on my door saying I needed to move my car and evacuate because the road collapsed," said Tara Hogarth, who owns the house nearest the largest hole.

There's no official cause or damage estimates yet.

The relentless rain almost certainly contributed to the sinkholes.

Neighbors told abc27 news that ever since the borough dug up the street during a summer construction project, sinkholes have been a recurring problem. The very street that opened up had fresh blacktop and was recently repaved.

"The last one we had here, the deepest point was 70 feet," Bidelspach said. "They could barely get the boom of the crane down to the bottom of it. Once sinkholes open up they just keep going. There's nothing you can do."

Hogarth is less concerned about the cause of the sinkholes than the effect.

 "I have three kids, so having to be displaced for God knows how long, it's gonna be tough," she said.

When it rains it pours in Palmyra, where sinkholes are a frequent phenomena.

"It's disconcerting," Bidelspach said. "It's scary. Our property values are plummeting here."

Despite the rain and the wreckage, Hogarth realizes nobody was hurt and she managed to keep a sunny disposition on an incredibly dreary day.

Does she have a smile on her face?

"I'm trying," she said with a carefree laugh. "That's all I can do at this point."
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« Reply #119 on: October 18, 2013, 04:48:12 pm »

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Trash truck falls into sink hole in north St. Louis
9/24/13

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It was a terrifying start to the shift for one St. Louis City Refuse worker Tuesday morning.  One second, he was picking up trash on the city’s north side.  The next, he was in a sinkhole.

Around 6:45 a.m., an alley off Blair Avenue near Newhouse Avenue collapsed under the wheels of a brand-new trash truck.

“I get cave-ins almost all the time,” Third Ward Alderman Freeman Bosley, Sr. turned to look at the truck, sitting in a hole surrounded by broken concrete slabs.  “Not quite this bad.  This is one of the worst ones I’ve seen.”

Bosley was not shocked, even after learning the driver escaped unhurt.

“I’m glad he’s safe.  But these old alleys up and down here, this stuff is well over a hundred years old,” he explained.  “And, anything over a hundred years old deteriorates.”

Bosley also explained the sinkhole was just another symptom of the city’s budget problems.

“All the aldermen get is money from a 3/8-cent sales tax. And, by golly, when you split that 28 ways,” the city has 28 wards.  “You can only do one or two alleys.”

Residents were not surprised, either.

“No,” said Tew Jennings, who lived two blocks away.  “No, I’m not surprised that this happened in North St. Louis.”

Jennings said only a few alleys are getting major overhauls to accommodate residential parking.  But, he said most alleys see almost no traffic.

“So, I’m not surprised the attention isn’t given to the alleys.”

You could see a crack that ran the entire length of the alley and ended where the truck came to rest.  Streets director Todd Waeltermann said the alley was so dangerous, he sent away the two 20-ton tow trucks meant to move the trash truck.  Instead, he said crews would work on building a ramp to pull the truck out of the hole.  Still, residents and the alderman said problems would remain.

“This is one of the oldest areas on the City of St. Louis,” Bosley said.  “And, age wears out almost everything.”
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