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They Were Boarding the Bus. Then the Ground Opened

At least 6 are dead in the Chinese city of Xining after sinkhole tragedy

(Newser) - An everyday event turned to terror Monday when pedestrians boarding a bus—and the bus itself—were sucked into a giant sinkhole in China, the Guardian reports. Hair-raising footage from the city of Xining shows the front of the bus toppling nose-first as commuters plunge into the hole and others... More »

So, How Was Your Monday Morning Commute?

Sinkhole brings unwelcome surprise for city bus during rush hour in Pittsburgh

(Newser) - As if going back to work on Monday wasn't bad enough: The front of a city bus in downtown Pittsburgh ended up in the air after a sinkhole opened during rush hour. Luckily, nobody was seriously injured. The Port Authority of Allegheny County says the lone passenger was treated... More »

They Thought It Was a Sinkhole. Then They Saw the Orange Cord

FBI investigating after public works employees find secret tunnel leading to Florida bank

(Newser) - It started out as public works employees checking out a potential sinkhole or pothole; it ended up with the FBI trying to solve what the Sun Sentinel is now calling a "bank caper." What the workers spotted in the hole in Pembroke Pines, Fla., on Tuesday that raised... More »

Kayaker Dies a Hero After Whirlpool Opens Up

Arkansas man helped 2 caught near whirlpool

(Newser) - Arkansas officials have a message for boaters on the popular Spring River: Stay away from the Dead Man's Curve area near Saddler Falls. Officials say a kayaker died in the area Saturday when a sinkhole opened up in the riverbed, creating a large whirlpool that overturned boats, the Washington ... More »

Sinkhole on White House Lawn Is Getting Bigger

National Parks Service says it's watching closely

(Newser) - A sinkhole has appeared on the White House lawn, causing headaches for groundskeepers and giving the current occupant's critics an irresistible metaphor. The Washington Post reports that the sinkhole was first spotted last week on the North Lawn, yards away from the White House press briefing office and the... More »

Sinkhole Swallows 2 Homes, a Boat


(Newser) - A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in Florida swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes, and prompted officials to evacuate residents from 10 other homes on Friday, the AP reports. Dramatic video showed the home, north of Tampa in Pasco County,... More »

Sinkhole Opens Up in Front of Trump's Mar-a-Lago

And the internet is amused

(Newser) - It's an otherwise ho-hum traffic alert from the town of Palm Beach, Fla., warning drivers that a new 4-by-4-foot sinkhole on Southern Boulevard might cause some headaches. Except that the sinkhole just happens to be in front of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, aka the "Winter White House,... More »

Sinkholes Caused by Bad Infrastructure on the Rise

At least 39 incidents have been recorded since December

(Newser) - Dora Linda Nishihara, 68, was driving in San Antonio one dark evening in early December when she suddenly disappeared from sight. Later, her car, with her body inside, was found at the bottom of a 12-foot-deep, water-filled sinkhole that had swallowed the road ahead of her. Two days later, a... More »

Michigan Residents May Not Want to Flush at Halftime

Macomb County is worried about sinkhole trouble

(Newser) - A giant sinkhole in suburban Detroit is being threatened by the Super Bowl. Macomb County public works chief Candice Miller is worried that thousands of football fans will flush toilets at halftime Sunday night, reports AP . She tells radio station WWJ that it could overwhelm a broken sewer line blamed... More »

1 Dead in Texas Sinkhole

Man in another car rescued

(Newser) - A Texas sinkhole claimed a life Sunday night. A car driving through standing water entered the San Antonio sinkhole; another passing car stopped, and occupants of that car helped the original driver, a man in his 60s. Both that man and a woman who stopped to help were transported to... More »

After a Massive Sinkhole's Quick Fix, More Sinking

But just 2.7 inches this time

(Newser) - "Blink and you'll miss it," the Guardian declared. Er, maybe not. After around-the-clock work reverted what was a massive sinkhole into a driveable section of road in Fukuoka, Japan, in just a week, the road seems to be sinking once more. The BBC reports the road sank... More »

The Road Was There, and Then It Was Gone

Giant sinkhole opens in Fukuoka, Japan

(Newser) - Parts of a main street collapsed in the heart of a major city in southern Japan on Tuesday, creating a massive sinkhole and cutting off power, water, and gas supplies to parts of the city. Authorities said no injuries were reported from the pre-sunrise collapse in downtown Fukuoka, which created... More »

This Is What It Looks Like to Get Swallowed by a Sinkhole

Terrifying event happened last weekend at bus stop in Chinese city of Harbin

(Newser) - If hearing about being sucked into a sinkhole isn't terrifying enough for you, the AP has posted a video of that happening to a group of pedestrians Saturday in China. Five people at a bus stop in the northeastern city of Harbin fell into the suddenly emerging sidewalk maw... More »

Florida Sinkhole That Swallowed Man Returns

Sinkhole opens on spot Jeffrey Bush disappeared in 2013

(Newser) - Florida emergency responders say another sinkhole has opened in the exact location where a hole opened in March 2013 and swallowed a man as he slept in bed. Ronnie Rivera of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says the hole, around 20 feet in diameter, opened up again in Seffner, east of... More »

Thousands of Sinkholes Open at Edge of Dead Sea

They've been a problem since the '80s, and they're getting worse

(Newser) - You'll find shells on the shores of many bodies of water; on the banks of the Dead Sea, you'll find sinkholes, and more than 3,000 of them at that. Their existence isn't new— ABC News reports the first one opened up three decades ago, and a... More »

Mystery Holes Appear at Indiana Dunes

Officials shut down Mount Baldy as they try to solve geological oddity

(Newser) - Officials have shut down a popular public sand dune in Indiana where mysterious holes are appearing—one of which swallowed up a boy for three hours last summer, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. Two more holes have opened up since then and other depressions have been sighted, prompting the... More »

Here's What Will Happen to Those Corvettes

They're going to spend a few more weeks in the sinkhole

(Newser) - The eight Corvettes that got swallowed up by a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Wednesday will likely be stuck there for weeks, officials say. The area must be stabilized before the historic collector cars can be retrieved; that will take as long as three... More »

Watch the Sinkhole Eat Those Corvettes

Security camera captures collapse in Kentucky

(Newser) - The National Corvette Museum is eight vehicles short thanks to yesterday's amazing car-chomping sinkhole , and now security video shows the first moments of the collapse in Bowling Green, Ky., reports NPR . Things are still a mess inside the museum, and there's no word yet on when workers will... More »

40-Foot Sinkhole Eats 8 Corvettes at Museum

Hole opens up, cuts power

(Newser) - A 40-foot sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum's Sky Dome this morning, swallowing eight cars. The sinkhole opened sometime before 5:30am, cutting off power to the landmark in Bowling Green, Ky., by 5:39am, the Courier-Journal reports. That set off a fire alarm, but when emergency... More »

Huge Sinkhole Swallows Trees in Crazy Video

Louisiana's sinkhole now covers 24 acres

(Newser) - Remember the 12-acre sinkhole that forced evacuations in Louisiana's Bayou Corne? Well, it's gotten a whole lot bigger—and hungrier, apparently. A video from the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness shows the sinkhole, now doubled in size to 24 acres, eagerly eating up a bunch of trees... More »

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