More giant craters spotted in Russia’s far north
|A general view taken on August 25, 2014, shows a crater on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia (AFP Photo/Vasily Bogoyavlensky)|
Russian scientists have now discovered seven giant craters in remote Siberia, a geologist told AFP on Thursday, adding that the mysterious phenomenon was believed to be linked to climate change.
The discovery of an enormous chasm in a far northern region known to locals as “the end of the world” in July last year prompted speculation it had been caused by a meteorite or even aliens.
A YouTube video of the hole went viral and a group of scientists was despatched to investigate.
“We have just learnt that in Yakutia, new information has emerged about a giant crater one kilometre (0.6 miles) in diameter,” the deputy director of the Oil and Gas Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vasily Bogoyavlensky, told AFP.
He said this brought to seven the number of reported pits.
“Footage allows us to identify minimum seven craters, but in fact there are plenty more,” he said.
All of the craters have been discovered in the remote energy-rich Yamalo-Nenetsky region in north-western Siberia.
Scientists say that rather than aliens or meteorites, the holes are caused by the melting of underground ice in the permafrost, which has possibly been sped up by rising temperatures due to global warming.
“The phenomenon is similar to the eruption of a volcano,” said Bogoyavlensky.
As the ice melts, methane gas is released which builds up pressure until an explosion takes place, leading to the formation of a crater.
|An aerial view taken on August 25, 2014, shows a crater on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia (AFP Photo/Vasily Bogoyavlensky)|
The scientists are still trying to estimate what danger, if any, is posed by the holes. Methane is extremely flammable and at least one of the craters is situated near an exploited gas deposit.
An expedition is planned to the latest crater discovered to determine if it was formed in the same manner.
It may be hard to identify other craters which may have formed into lakes over time, said Bogoyavlensky.
“When they appear the craters are empty, and little by little they fill up with water. In the space of two or three years they become lakes and it is difficult to study them.”He said some may have formed dozens or hundreds of years ago, but went unnoticed in such remote regions of the planet. – Yahoo.
10-foot deep sinkhole closes streets in Tucson, Arizona
A massive sinkhole shut down part of a street in midtown Tucson, and it could take weeks to fix.
The 10 foot deep hole was caused by a ruptured water line near the intersection of Swan Road and Glenn Street. Tucson Water has closed off the block of Glenn Street between Swan and Tornio.
Fernando Molina with Tucson Water says the burst pipe brought recycled water to about 15 schools and businesses. Molina says the water was used for irrigation purposes, and they have had issues with that pipe before.
“We’re not exactly sure what the problem is. We don’t know if it’s the soils that are just very aggressive and are causing the pipes to deteriorate,” Molina said.
For now, Molina says the impacted businesses are getting water from another pipeline.
WATCH: Sinkhole shuts down street on midtown Tucson.
Huge sinkholes open up as the Dead Sea shrivels
There are more than 3,000 sinkholes on the banks of the Dead Sea — and they’re multiplying exponentially, according to environmentalists, as the body of water dries up.
“It’s nature’s revenge,” said Gidon Bromberg, the Israeli Director at EcoPeace Middle East, an organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to protect their shared environmental heritage.
“These sinkholes are a direct result of the inappropriate mismanagement of water resources in the region.”
More than 1,400 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on land. The first sinkhole was spotted in the 1980s. By 1990, there were 40, and 15 years later new chasms are breaking open every day.
“They could develop overnight. Or over time,” Bromberg said. “Making them unpredictable. And very dangerous.”
With salinity levels ten times that of the Atlantic Ocean, the Dead Sea is evaporating at a rate of nearly four feet per year and large salt pockets are left behind as the water recedes. As ground water dissolves the salt, washing it back into the Dead Sea, empty cavities develop creating massive sink holes.
Bromberg explained that sinkholes develop in clusters, collapsing into each other and creating even larger craters.
“The big fear is that overnight, the road will collapse,” Bromberg said of Route 90, which runs along the Dead Sea.
A portion of Route 90 was closed for repairs this week after parts of the road sank some two inches.
Bromberg said the only way to halt the opening of these chasms is to “stabilize” the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea relies on the fresh water of the Jordan River — but only about 5 percent of the historic flow is currently flowing into the Dead Sea.
Bromberg’s organization argues that 30 percent of the historic flow would at least be a step in the right direction.
“If nothing is done, it’s only a matter of time until someone dies,” he said.
WATCH: Thousands of sinkholes are taking over the Dead Sea.
Sinkhole swallows several cars in succession in Corpus Christi, Texas
|Tuesday morning sinkhole, one vehicle is being swallowed up by sinkhole. © Guy Gates|
City crews are currently at the site of the sinkhole on South Alameda and Chase Drive. City officials say the water main break was the cause of the sinkhole, the pipe that broke was a cast iron pipe build in 1955.
Crews are expected to be there all day repairing the water main.
They plan to put a patch over the hole until city street crews can repair the damage.
Early Tuesday morning residents on South Alameda and Chase Drive got a rude awakening when they heard the sounds of a vehicle in distress.
One resident says they were woken around 4:15 a.m when they heard a loud noise. When the resident went outside he saw the car was stuck in a giant sink hole. Witnesses say a second car became the next victim to the sink hole around 4:45 a.m blowing out its tires. A third vehicle joined shortly after.
They are reporting that water is filling the street and sinkhole, as seen in the picture. The driver of the SUV submerged in the sinkhole was successfully pulled out of the vehicle.
WATCH: Corpus Christi city maintenance officials investigate sinkhole.
Until police arrived residents were outside trying to warn ongoing traffic of the danger that lies ahead.
A caller told us that there are no street lights in the area of the sinkhole making it very hard to see, and that he believes road work was being done the day before. He says had seen cones on the street in the area the sink hole now is.
The vehicles were towed from the scene of the accident around 6:30 a.m. No major injuries were reported just some damage to the vehicles. The female driver of the SUV that was submerged was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
The city expects the outside lane of Alameda from Sheridan to Chase to be closed for the next few days. – KRIS.
Car-sized sinkhole shuts down street in Franklin County, Ohio
A large sinkhole in Franklin County has closed down a stretch of road in West Frankfort. The sinkhole formed on Saturday on West 6th Street between Horn and Taft streets.
“We know it’s about the size of a Volkswagen,” said West Frankfort Sewer Superintendent Charles Hubble. “It’s a sinkhole. We’ve gotten a hole in our water line and it’s been pulling in debris from the road.”
The pit is about 10 feet deep and 10 feet wide, with room to grow.
“It is a dangerous thing,” explained Hubble.
He says sinkholes of that size are not uncommon, especially during the spring when recent rain and snow can cause problems for city streets.
“It takes years or months for this to happen,” said Hubble. “The bad thing is someone could be driving through and they fall through. That is a heck of a cavity.”
Hubble says the problem needs to be fixed immediately. Crews plan to fill the hole on Tuesday.
“We are going to set up a pump and bypass this and maybe get construction in tomorrow,” explained Hubble. – WSIL.
200-pound ice boulder crashes through apartment roof in Wilmington, Massachusetts
A huge chunk of ice crashed through the roof of a Wilmington Apartment building on Sunday. Luckily nobody was hurt.
The ice boulder weighing about 200 pounds landed in the back stairwell of the Avalon Oaks Apartments. Residents who were home when it happened say they heard a huge ‘bang’ when the ice came crashing through the ceiling.
“It was like this big,” Kathleen Trowbridge said, holding her arms the width of her doorway, “and it just came through solid. It didn’t break up.” She then called 911.
|© Wilmington Police Department|
|© Wilmington Police Department|
Wilmington Police say the giant ice block fell from the highest part of the apartment building’s roof, crashing onto a lower roof and through the back stairwell, leaving a gaping hole.
“Luckily nobody was there,” a male resident said. “That was the most important thing. If somebody had been hit by that, they’d probably be dead.”
Residents say that maintenance crews did shovel off the roof from past storms, but the ice buildup did not go away. Some are still concerned.
“If it’s going to happen here, is going to happen in the front?” Trowbridge questioned. “There’s icicles up there.”
“I’m just very disappointed and very nervous for my health, for my kids’ health,” another resident voiced.
Firefighters evacuated the apartments for a short time, before allowing residents back into their homes. – CBS.
City crews scramble to repair large sinkhole in Cranberry, BC
|A large sinkhole has appeared near the intersection of 3rd Street South and 20th Avenue South. © Gerry Frederick|
Public Works water crews were expecting to have the water back on to approximately half the 100 residences affected by numerous water main breaks across Cranbrook by 7 pm Sunday tonight.
Four full water crews and machinery will continue through the evening to restore water service after a failure in a pressure reducing station overnight Saturday which caused 8 separate water main breaks across the City and a serious sinkhole.
Crews will be moving up to a break at 5th Avenue and 12th Street South as well as working on three separate breaks on 3rd Street South and 20th Avenue near the large sinkholes created near the former Muriel Baxter School site. Officials are expecting that water service will be restored to all affected residents by midnight tonight.
Residents are reminded that as the water service is restored and the water turned back on, you could experience dirty or discoloured water. This is due to the water pressure stirring up sediment in the water lines. The discoloured water is not a health concern. Simply run your cold water tap until the water runs clear.
The City of Cranbrook apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused and appreciates the patience of all the residents affected. Crews continue to work hard to restore water service to all the affected residents as soon as possible. – Daily Townsman.
Dayton, Ohio women wakes to find sinkhole next to garage
|© WHIO/Michael Franz|
A woman woke up early this morning to find a large sinkhole had opened up next to her garage in Dayton.
A neighbor first spotted the hole – which is about three feet deep and four feet across – in an alley between Hodapp and Wilfred avenues.
Kathy Harris says she called the city water and street crews right away, and they responded and covered the area with grates.
“They were nice enough to help me get my car out of the garage because I didn’t know how I was going to do anything,” she said.
Crews ran a camera into the hole to determine whether it might have been caused by recent rain or a pipe that runs under the garage and to the house.
They plan to start making repairs around 8 a.m. tomorrow. – WHIO.
Another sinkhole appears in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
|A sinkhole closed South 15th Street, between Swatara and Drummond streets, in Harrisburg’s South Allison Hill neighborhood on Tuesday night.
© Eric Veronikis/Pennlive
A large sinkhole closed South 15th Street, between Drummond and Swatara streets, in the city’s South Allison Hill neighborhood on Tuesday night.
It wasn’t immediately clear when or why the sinkhole, just north of Swatara Street, opened. But a Capital Region Water crew was at the scene assessing the cause as of 6 p.m.
Crews hope to pinpoint whether a water leak exists in the area, repair it and refill the hole, which appears to be about 3 feet deep, as soon as possible, said Andrew Bliss, spokesman for the water company.
Bliss could not immediately say when he expects the road to reopen. – Pennlive.
HALF-MILE stretch of road in Sandusky, Ohio road closed due to sinkholes
An emerging sinkhole on McIntyre Road near Edison High School forced local officials to shut down a portion of the corridor until further notice.
On Tuesday, after finding a depression caving several inches deep into the pavement, Milan Township officials closed a half-mile stretch of roadway.
Among the areas where a worker blocked off the road to all traffic, including emergency vehicles:
– Heading south, turning off Ohio 113: Vehicles can travel on McIntyre Road up until a driveway leading to a private residence.
– Heading north, turning off Seminary Road: Vehicles can only access a small portion of McIntyre Road.
No homes, businesses or points of interest are located within the barricaded area.
“We’re not too sure how it happened,” township road employee Dave Fox said. “We can’t fill it like a pothole. We have really never dealt with anything (in the Milan area) like this before. If a car hit that spot just right, it would tear up the undercarriage and could possibly cause the vehicle to crash.”
|© Register/Andy Ouriel|
|© Register/Andy Ouriel|
|© Register/Andy Ouriel|
Two possible reasons for the sinkhole, as surmised by Fox:
– Earlier this month, a semitrailer driver jackknifed the vehicle on the road, potentially causing damage and maybe leading to the sinkhole’s appearance. Nobody was hurt in the crash.
– Over the years, the road — littered with many cracks, potholes and other deficiencies — has deteriorated. Mix the road’s decreasing condition with fluctuating weather patterns, and a sinkhole is likely to pop up — or pop down, in this case.
Milan Township trustees plan to address the sinkhole during their normally scheduled meeting tonight.
“We are going to make an assessment and a decision on what to do then,” township trustee Dan Frederick said. – Sandusky Register.
Lebanon, Pennsylvania backyard sinkhole reveals mysterious room
A sinkhole has unearthed a mystery in Lebanon.
From above, the sinkhole looks about 10 feet long, four feet wide, and about seven feet deep, but look down inside and you will find there is much more. Stone walls make what appears to be some type of circular room with metal beams supporting a metal ceiling.
“I thought ‘oh, my God.’ I did not know what to think,” Sandra Norton said.
Norton lives at the home in the 100 block of Canal Street with her granddaughter, Ashley Norton. She discovered the hole Saturday afternoon when she let the dogs out in the backyard.
Since then, the family has learned a little bit about the history of the property.
“There was an auto body shop in 1925, but in 1875 there was a brick manufacturing,” she said.
Norton says her granddaughter has reached out to a contractor to see how much it will cost to fill in the hole. She also hopes to learn more about the property with the help of the Lebanon County Historical Society.
WATCH: Backyard sinkhole reveals mysterious room.
One mile of road closed due to large sinkhole in Oakfield Township, Michigan
A section of a road west of Greenville will remain closed until mid-summer after a pipe collapsed and caused a large sinkhole.
Podunk Avenue was shut down between 13 Mile Road and 14 Mile Road over Wabasis Creek in Oakfield Township Friday after this sinkhole appeared, according to Jerry Byrne, who is the Kent County Road Commission’s deputy managing director of operations.
Byrne told 24 Hour News 8 a large, corrugated metal pipe rusted through and collapsed. It will be replaced by a concrete culvert, which should last longer than the metal pipe.
The section of Podunk Avenue will remain closed until mid-summer because the Kent County Road Commission needs permits from the Department of Environmental Quality. They also have to wait for water levels on Wabasis Creek to recede, Byrne said.
The collapsed culvert was inspected with in the last few years, Byrne said, however – while some issues were noted – inspectors did not expect it to collapse. – WOODTV.
Sinkhole plagues motorists in museum district of Richmond, Virginia
Here is a heads up for bikers and drivers traveling along North Belmont Avenue in the city. There are bright orange cones and barrels are surrounding a sinkhole.
Neighbor Judy Dart did not realize how bad it was until Sunday when she spotted a biker stopped in the area.
She went over because she thought he had been hurt.
“He said he was putting a cone there because there was a big hole, so I went over to see” Dart explained.
That’s why she contacted the city.
Dart says like that biker, her husband also placed cones around the sinkhole to alert others.
“My concern is traffic coming down the street and someone hitting it and that could possibly hurt somebody” Dart said.
Treyvon Miller works at a nearby restaurant and tells us he has heard customers talking about the sinkhole.
“I don’t really drive but I have noticed it. It’s bad. I think they need to fix something like that immediately” Miller said.
CBS 6 contacted Richmond’s Department of Public utilities to find out when the work will be done. No one responded to our calls.
WATCH: Monster sinkhole opens in Museum District.
Written signs suggest that street repair and sidewalk work will be done March 16 and 17.
CBS was on the scene when a city crew pulled up and parked on the other side of the sink hole, even removing the barrel to peer into the hole.
They got out and began working on sidewalk repairs.
Folks who live and work here are hoping the sinkhole will soon get to the top of the city’s priority list.
“They are not out here. You guys are, but I hope someone can get out here soon. Maybe this story will reach those city workers that need to come out here and fix the street” Miller said. – WVTR.