There are a lot of reasons not to stare at your phone while you’re driving. A little kid might jump into the road, a car in front of you might have to stop unexpectedly, or a giant fucking sinkhole might swallow the entire road. A man in China learned that last one the hard way recently.
Modern satellite technology lets us spot dangerous threats like extreme weather, giant icebergs, and even foreign militaries. But when it comes to sinkholes, all we can do is wait and hope that our cars won’t be swallowed by a sudden gaping chasm in a city street. So how do sinkholes form, and why is it so hard to…
You’d assume that when the earth opens up to swallow a big chunk of a crowded city it would take months to fix the damage. But in the Japanese city of Fukuoka, it took repair crews just four days to fix a massive five-lane-wide sinkhole that suddenly appeared last week.
Residents of the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka had a rather rude awakening this morning when a gigantic sinkhole formed near the JK Hakata train station. Local officials are now desperately working to prevent the collapse of nearby buildings.
Downtown Ottawa is the latest city to remove cars from its streets. Actually it’s just a single minivan. That got sucked into the bowels of the Earth.
This past weekend, a large portion of an Australian beach suddenly collapsed into the ocean. Initial reports indicated it was a sinkhole, but geologists say it’s more likely to be the result of a unique near-shore landslide.
A large sinkhole has swallowed up an intersection in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood, on 5th Ave. and 64th St. No injuries have been reported. The Reckoning approaches.
Though we understand what causes pits and chasms to open up in the ground, we can't predict them. And that leads to disasters like the ones in these pictures, which can strike in the middle of a field or the middle of a city — with terrifying results.
Why are sinkholes almost always round, instead of square-shaped, or triangular, or heart-shaped, or dodecahedron-shaped, or any one of the infinite number of other geometric forms they could take? The answer lies deep underground.
What causes sinkholes and can we predict when they will form? Geologist Daniel Doctor is here to answer all our questions about sinkholes, how they form, and anything else you've ever wondered about the geological phenomenon.
When it's finished in 2016, the Lotte World Tower will reach more than 1,800 feet. But unfortunately, crews are encountering some problems as they near the top: Small sinkholes are forming in the neighborhood, and a nearby lake is mysteriously emptying into... hopefully not the base of the world's sixth tallest…
Lake Peigneur is located in Louisiana near the Gulf of Mexico. Before 1980, it was an approximately 10-foot deep fresh water lake with an island in the middle. Next to it, and partially under it, Diamond Crystal Salt Company maintained a salt mine, with salt being mined near the lake since 1919.
Real talk: Sometimes the streets in Russia try to eat cars. It happens.
In a story that united geologists with rare car enthusiasts last month, a massive sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museums's Skydome, swallowing eight rare cars into its cavernous depths. Since then, the museum has worked tirelessly to recover the cars and fill in the sinkhole so that the Skydome can…
A sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum early this morning. A security camera caught the first two losses on video.
Last night a Florida man awoke to a very real nightmare as the floor of his bedroom collapsed out from under him. The sinkhole that spawned beneath his home late Thursday simply enveloped the room—and its sole occupant—with no warning, leaving almost nothing behind.
Earlier this spring, residents of a rural community in Louisiana's Assumption Parish noticed mysterious bubbles rising to the surface in some bayous. Shortly thereafter, a series of small earthquakes shook the area, prompting state officials to investigate. But in Early August, the ground suddenly opened up and gave…
The world is trying to swallow Guatemala, one terrifying sinkhole at a time. The latest occurrence woke 65-year-old Inocenta Hernandez, making her think there'd been a car crash outside. There wasn't. The sound was a 40-foot chasm opening directly under her bed.