Top 10 Worst Sinkholes — TopTenzNet


Top 10 Worst Sinkholes 10. Winter Park, Florida It certainly looks like the result of a massive,
very precisely aimed bombing campaign, but luckily no one was killed by it or even injured.
In fact, despite its four million dollars in damages, it apparently was a bit of a boon
for the town, as it drew worldwide attention and people sold t-shirts and such around it.
Before long it was filled with concrete and just became an unassuming lake. Those t-shirts
must be some of the most embarrassing garments in all of Florida if any survive. 9. Daisetta, Texas Growing from twenty feet to over nine hundred
feet in diameter and 260 feet in depth, this well-documented sinkhole threatened the thousand
person population of this town in 2008. Again, fortunately, no one was killed, although large
amounts of equipment were lost to this hole brought on by limestone crumbling induced
in part by the presence of salt water and oil. Then, as if to put a horror cherry on
the disaster cake, a seven foot alligator moved in to the resulting waterhole. 8. Guanghzhou, China In another case of a sinkhole that looks like
it must have killed someone but fortunately didn’t so much as injure a single person,
this one opened in January 2013.This is especially fortunate as it happened in a huge city and
next to an apartment complex with three hundred people in it. Suspicions as to why this might
have happened were directed at a nearby construction project, and also the fact bad plumbing in
overcrowded areas often causes seepage and sinkholes in China. 7. Idaho Highway There’s something inherently undignified
about the thought of being killed by something as small and nonthreatening as a gopher that
it actually becomes kind of a scarier notion. On August 9, 2012, Sonia Lopez was driving
to work when a section of highway collapsed and she fell in, dying at the scene. Something
that happens all the time and with no warning. It is worth noting, though, that she did not
have her seatbelt buckled, so let this be a reminder that even in long boring stretches
no other traffic where it seems there is no risk, it might not be worth it to have it
unfastened. 6. Seffner, Florida On March 1, 2013, a sleeping 36 year-old man
in Seffner, FL was taken to the bottom of a sinkhole in his bedroom. It was such a deadly
situation that rescuers couldn’t even even a fifty foot radius of the hole safely, and
thus his rescue was delayed until after he was presumed deceased. At least the other
five people that were in the house with him at the time were unharmed. The event so completely
captured the public imagination that a totally unrelated sinkhole that didn’t harm anyone
in the same town became national news. 5. Taipei, Taiwan As we saw in Entry #9, there is dramatic footage
of sinkholes collapsing. There is comparatively little footage of people being killed by them.
That changed in August 2012, when an anonymous individual was captured by security cameras
in plunging through collapsing sidewalks. At the time, the city was being battered by
Hurricane Saola, which would have been exactly the sort of thing that would bring this about
over time by weakening the bedrock. 4. Guatemala City Sinking to 330 feet, Guatemala City’s 2007
sinkhole looked like a portal to Hell had finally opened up. It claimed the lives of
three people, and caused such a massive sewer problem that the military needed to use explosives
to repair the flow. Which was ironic, since a broken sewer main was thought to be cause
of the sinkhole in the first place. Surely that would be the worst sinkhole in the city’s
history. 3. St. Jude, Quebec Unlike Jeff Bush’s family, there were no
survivors in this May 10, 2010 sinkhole incident. A family of four’s house was destroyed when
the clay soil their home was situated on collapsed, and the result was so unstable that rescue
workers that went into the house had to retreat when the house resumed moving. None of them
were reported as being injured. There was little cause for concern prior to the event,
as the location was far from the nearest large body of water. 2. Guatemala City Again In 2010, Hurricane Agatha caused such terrible
groundwater problems in the city that another horrifying sinkhole appeared, again sinking
down more than three hundred feet. This time it ate a three story building, and
sadly, fifteen people were killed by it. Horrific images of it spread around the world again.
This second sinkhole was two kilometers from the original. Hopefully this time, it will
be the worst sinkhole for the rest of the city’s history. 1. Ubar A busy trading center and a fortress city,
five thousand years ago Ubar (which is now suspected of actually being named “Iobaritae”
when it was in a region called Ubar) must have seemed as secure and permanent as Los
Angeles does today. Then it sunk into the dunes because the underground water supply,
the very thing that had made it a prosperous area, undermined its soil. In the 1980s archaeologists,
using a NASA satellite, located roads leading to the remains of Ubar, which had become legendary
as “the Atlantis of the Sands,” in the Arabian Peninsula. Similarly, it developed
a reputation as having been punished by the supreme being for having become too materialistic.
Again, that’s eerily similar to Los Angeles.

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