Incredible Sinkholes Around the World

Incredible Sinkholes Around the World

A sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City on May 31, 2010. A day earlier, authorities blamed the heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Agatha as the cause of the crater that swallowed a three-story building.

A man inspects a sinkhole in a house on July 19, 2011, in Guatemala City. When neighbors heard the loud boom overnight, they thought a cooking gas canister had detonated. Instead, they found a deep sinkhole inside a home that was 40 feet deep and 32 inches in diameter. Guatemala City, built on volcanic deposits, is especially prone to sinkholes, often blamed on a leaky sewer system or on heavy rain.

An aerial view shows a giant landslide under a residential street that took a car with it and left another car hanging over the edge in Schmalkalden, Germany, on Nov. 1, 2010. The cause of the landslide was unclear. Residents were evacuated from 23 buildings. Nobody was injured.

Workers use excavators to fill in a sinkhole, which occurred overnight on in Beijing on April 26, 2011. A section of the road collapsed beneath a truck, slightly injuring the driver and a passenger, who both jumped out the vehicle before it sank into the hole.

A car sits in a sinkhole caused by a broken water main, which collapsed part of a road on Dec. 3, 2010, in Chevy Chase, Md. No one was reported injured in the accident.

A massive 200-by-240-foot sinkhole opened up and tore apart the pavement of a road in La Jolla, Calif., on Oct. 3, 2007. The landslide damaged or destroyed six homes and forced the evacuation of at least 20 others.

This picture taken on Jan. 28, 2013, shows workers using machinery to fill in a sinkhole that buildings collapsed into near a subway construction site in Guangzhou, China. The hole measured about 1,000 square feet across and was around 30 feet deep, but no one was killed, according to a state media report.

A house collapsed into a huge hole in the small town of Waihi, New Zealand, on Dec. 13, 2001. Three children had to be rescued from the ruins, but were not injured. The town of Waihi sits on a network of disused mine shafts.

Workers cordon off a leaning building in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on March 4, 2013. A vehicular road traffic tunnel being constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics collapsed nearby, the local media said. There were no casualties reported.

A huge crater at the collapsed Pinheiros subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 15, 2007. Rescuers have dug through tons of rubble in search of seven people believed buried inside a giant sinkhole that opened at a construction site in South America's biggest city.

A fireman looks under a fire truck stuck in a sinkhole in Los Angeles on Sept. 8, 2009. Four firefighters escaped injury after their fire engine sunk into a large hole caused by a burst water main in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said.

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