Can a large sinkhole happen anywhere at any time?



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Where Do Sinkholes Occur?

Sinkholes can occur anywhere in the world if the conditions favor it. However, they are concentrated in certain areas and here are some of these areas with some notable sinkholes:

1. Crveno Jerezo, Croatia: There is a 530m sinkhole with nearly vertical walls

2. Great Blue Hole in Belize: It is a perfectly round hole in the middle of an atoll that is 124m deep

3. Sima Humboldt, Bolivia: There is a 314m deep crater, formed from extremely resistant sandstone

4. Xiaozhai tiankeng, China: This is by far the deepest sinkhole known to date. Tiankeng is the local term for ‘heavenly pit’, or sinkhole. The Xiaozhai sinkhole measures 662m deep and 626m wide

5. Bowling Green, Kentucky: In 2014, a 40ft wide and 20ft deep sinkhole opened under the floor of the Skydome area of the National Corvette Museum, causing eight rare and one-of-a-kind Corvettes to sink. The vehicles were estimated to be worth over a million dollars. Other US states that are prone to sinkholes include Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, California, Missouri, and Alabama.

6. Guatemala City, Guatemala: The sinkhole swallowed a three-story factory, killed 15 people and measured approximately 60ft wide and 300ft deep. It was triggered by tropical storm Agatha but it was because the city was built in a region where the first few hundred meters of the ground is made up of pumice fill, a material deposited during past volcanic eruptions

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How do you survive a sinkhole?

Here are some survival tips which might help you survive should the ground collapse from underneath.

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  1. Be Informed.
  2. Prepare a Disaster Survival Bag.
  3. Hire a Professional.
  4. Better Safe Than Sorry.
  5. Be On The Lookout.
  6. Evacuate.

Do sinkholes go away?

Sinkholes typically develop slowly as bedrock is whittled away by water turned acidic from absorbing carbon dioxide and interacting with plants. A lack of water can contribute to sinkholes, too. In some underground cavities, water may actually be holding up a thin overhang of earth.

Can sinkholes be prevented?

Can sinkholes be prevented? Many natural sinkholes cannot be prevented. However, those caused by human activity may be avoided, especially those caused by over-pumping groundwater. By keeping water tables high, water conservation rules and drought restrictions are tools to help prevent sinkholes from occurring.

What are the warning signs of a sinkhole?

What are the warning signs?

Fresh cracks in the foundations of houses and buildings.Cracks in interior walls.Cracks in the ground pressions in the ground.Trees or fence posts that tilt or fall.Doors or windows become difficult to open or close.Rapid appearance of a hole in the ground.

How Are Sinkholes Formed?

1. The effect of water: As already mentioned, groundwater is the overwhelming reason for the formation of sinkholes. They often occur in ‘karst terrain’ which are areas where soluble bedrock such as limestone or gypsum can be dissolved in water. The bedrock becomes exposed to the water and is gradually worn down over time, some holes become ponds as they are filled with water and at any second, sinkholes could appear and swallow huge chunks of land with anything on them including roads, houses and even human beings and animals.

2. Naturally-occurring cracks: These cracks and small voids underneath the surface are hollowed out by water erosion, with only a cover of soil or sediment remaining on the top. If the hole continues to expand, the cover can no longer support its own weight and will collapse, revealing the cavern underneath

3. Heavy rains after a drought: After a prolonged drought, the surface is exposed enough and loses its strength. If heavy rains follow, they will cause immense pressure on the ground, that it sinks, creating sinkholes

4. Human activities: Human activity can also result in sinkholes. These activities include drilling new water wells, over-withdrawing groundwater, artificially creating ponds of surface water and even diverting surface water from one large area and concentrating it in a single point. Other activities like mining, construction, drilling, improperly compacting the soil after excavations, broken water or drainage pipes, and even heavy traffic could result in sinkholes.

What are the types of sinkholes?

Not all sinkholes are the same, however, even if the overall process — water eroding bedrock — is the same. There are three types of natural sinkholes.

1. Dissolution sinkholes. These sinkholes are the result of there not being much groundcover, like vegetation, over the bedrock. Water slips through pre-existing holes in the bedrock and begins to circulate through the bedrock. A depression in the ground can form, and if the bedrock layers beneath are sturdy enough or there's enough debris blocking the flow of water, the sinkhole may stop deepening. This could result in the formation of a pond-like areas and even wetlands, according to the USGS.

2. Cover-subsidence sinkholes. These sinkholes start with something permeable covering the sinkhole while also containing a good deal of sand. This sediment begins to spill — or spall as the proper nomenclature refers to it — into those empty caverns among the bedrock. Over time, a depression in the surface may occur. This sediment can block the caverns and prevent the flow of water. These sorts of sinkholes are never very large, according to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, since the sediment prevents the water from further eroding the surrounding bedrock.

3. Cover-collapse sinkholes. Perhaps the most well-known of sinkholes, cover-collapse sinkholes are also the most dramatic. The surface area above the bedrock in this instance is mostly clay, spalls into the cavities. But since the clay is sturdy, arches form as its slowly spalls. This arch continues to support the surface ground until it becomes so thin that it collapses into the cavern below, swallowing up everything above it.

There is one final type of sinkhole, and that's man-made sinkholes. These sinkholes are the result of a variety of practices, from drilling to mining to changes in water diversion systems to broken pipes.

Can construction cause sinkholes?

Manmade sinkholes are created when city development compromises the structural integrity of underlying rock. Roads, buildings, and other types of construction may cause water to collect in certain areas and wash away the supporting rock layer (especially at low sea levels and after a heavy rainfall).

Where do sinkholes form?

Sinkholes form mainly in limestone.

Limestone areas in a tropical, moist climate are much more likely to form sinkholes than those in dry climates. So because of the dry conditions in Australia, we don't often see sinkholes forming here.

"In Australia, the place where we have lots of limestone is the Nullarbor Plains, but that is basically in the desert," geologist Dr Marita Bradshaw said.

"The more rapid formation in the tropical environments is where you're more likely to get rapid sinkholes breaking through."

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Its believed some of the world's largest sinkholes have been exacerbated by mining activity.

But these are not a big issue in Australia, says Professor Osborne Armstrong, who has studied caves in eastern Australia and Sri Lanka.

However, it's believed an abandoned mine might have been to blame for a sinkhole filled with swirling water that opened up in the backyard in Ipswich, west of Brisbane last year.

Can sinkholes happen anywhere?

Sinkholes are most common where there are underground deposits of rock that can dissolve, such as limestone, carbonate, and salt beds, according to the USGS.

They can also happen where holes have been created

They can also happen where holes have been created in other ways, like construction and groundwater pumping. Or mines: in the area where I grew up, coal mines had been dug and abandoned decades previously. A few houses in our neighbourhood had cracks in their foundations or brickwork from slow, barely noticeable collapse of the ground. It was a known phenomenon, with a name (“mine subsidence”) and insurance policies you could buy against it. I remember, one summer evening, taking a walk with my family to gawk at a sinkhole that had suddenly opened up a few streets over.

How many blue holes are there in the world?

Water from broken pipe can penetrate through mud and rocks and erode the ground underneath and cause sinkholes. Because they can be so destructive, water leaks need to be repaired right away, they can easily lead to foundation damage.