Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Giant Sinkholes* Of The Week

From The Daily Mail:

Parts of a house including a bedroom and an outdoor patio have been swallowed by a large sinkhole that opened just hours before a second appeared on the same street.

The first hole, which gave way about 4pm on Tuesday, engulfed a corner of a three-storey Swansea home near Newcastle in the NSW Hunter Valley sending a section of a spare bedroom sliding up to 15 metres below the earth's surface.

Tables and chairs on an outdoor patio where also swallowed by the large cavity, which opened above a disused mine shaft that operated in the area until it was abandoned in 1953.

* OK, these weren't true sinkholes at all but collapsed mine shafts, not that that's much consolation to those affected.