41 Incredible And Massive Sinkholes Around The World


1. Mexico Sinkhole

Farmers survey a sinkhole that opened in a crop field in Santa Maria Zacatepec, Mexico, May 30, 2021.

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2. Italy Sinkhole

Cars are seen stuck sideways in a huge hole that has opened up next to a Rome apartment building, in Rome, May 25, 2021.

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3. Croatia Sinkhole

A sinkhole in the village of Mececani in central Croatia is pictured here on March 4, 2021. Scientists have flocked to the region that has been pocked with round holes of all sizes after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck in December 2020.
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4. China Sinkhole

Rescuers prepare to lift a bus after a road collapse in Xining, China, Jan. 13, 2020. The hole reached around 33 feet in diameter and a rescue effort involved almost 1,000 emergency responders and 30 vehicles at the site, the state media reported.
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5. Pittsburgh Sinkhole

Authorities investigate after a Port Authority bus was caught in a sinkhole in downtown Pittsburgh, Oct. 28, 2019
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6. Sinkhole opens in France

Construction workers stand near a sinkhole along a street in the city of Amiens, northern France, on August 13, 2019. The five meter deep and ten meter wide sinkhole appeared in the centre of Amiens overnight on August 11, which the local municipal services believe could have been triggered by the collapse of a medieval cave in the vicinity.
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7. California Sinkhole

A sinkhole is seen in a condominium complex, Jan. 24, 2019, in La Habra, Calif. The hole is estimated to be about 80 feet long and 20 feet wide.
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8. Mexico Sinkhole Grows

A sinkhole that the government reported was caused by mine work nearby has grown wider since it opened in July in Coyuca de Catalan, Guerrero State, Mexico, seen here on Aug. 26, 2018.
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9. Massive New Zealand Sinkhole

This image made from a May 2, 2018 video shows a huge sinkhole the length of two football fields and the depth of a six-story building on a farm in Rotorua, New Zealand. A worker stumbled upon the chasm before dawn this week when he was rounding up cows for milking on the farm near the North Island town of Rotorua. It appeared after several days of heavy rainfall.
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10. Construction dig Sinkhole in Rome

A large sinkhole opened next to a construction dig on a residential street in Rome, swallowing several parked cars but causing no reported injuries, Feb. 14, 2018.
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11. Sinkhole Develops after a Tropical Storm

A view of a sinkhole on the street after the passage of tropical storm Nate in San Juan del Sur’s bay in Rivas, west Managua, Nicaragua, Oct. 6, 2017. Nate left destruction in south Nicaragua with roads, businesses and houses damaged along with hundreds of fallen trees.
Jorge Torres/EPA

12. Sinking Van

A van remains in a sinkhole, Sept. 11, 2017 that opened up at the Astor Park apartment complex in Winter Springs, Fla., during Hurricane Irma’s passing through central Florida.
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13. Florida Sinkhole Damages Two Homes

In this aerial photo, debris is strewn about after a sinkhole damaged two homes in Land O’ Lakes, Fla., July 14, 2017. A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow has swallowed a home in Florida and severely damaged another.
Luis Santana/Tampa Bay Times via AP

14. Florida Sinkhole Grows

A sinkhole that opened up May 3, 2012, behind a Windermere, Fla. home has grown to about 100 feet wide and 50 feet deep.

15. Flooded sinkhole captures car

A car falls into a hole in a flooded street, as heavy rainfall hits Mersin, Turkey, Dec. 29, 2016.
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16. St. Louis Sinkhole Swallows a Car

A St. Louis police officer looks over a large hole in 6th Street, June 29, 2017, in St. Louis, that swallowed a Toyota Camry between Olive and Locust Streets.
Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

17. Fukuoka, Japan Sinkhole Causes Blackouts

A large sinkhole cuts off an avenue in central Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, Nov. 8, 2016. According to local media reports, the sinkhole has caused blackouts and disrupted traffic. Authorities have evacuated surrounding buildings in case of further damage.
Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA
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18. Florida Sinkhole Beneath Fertilizer Plant

This aerial photo shows a massive sinkhole, Sept. 16, 2016, in Mulberry, Florida, that opened up underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant.
Jim Damaske/Tampa Bay Times via AP

19. Manhattan Sinkhole

A pedestrian takes a photo of sinkhole caused by a water main break on Amsterdam Avenue, in the Upper West Side section of Manhattan, Aug. 30, 2016 in New York City.
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20. Toledo Sinkhole

A car sits at the bottom of a sinkhole caused by a broken water line in Toledo, Ohio, July 3, 2013.
Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld/Toledo Fire and Rescue Department/AP Photo

21. Road Collapses in Zhengzhou

Aerial view of rescuers working at giant hole resulted from road collapse, Aug. 2, 2016, in Zhengzhou, China.
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22. 4-Lane-Wide Sinkhole Swallows Car in Canada

Emergency workers stand near a large sinkhole in Ottawa, Canada, June 8, 2016.
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23. A Sinkhole Opens Up in a Fish Pond

A man looks into a sinkhole which appeared in his fish pond in Guiping, Guangxi Zhuang, China, March 29, 2016.

24. Massive Sinkhole Opens Near Florida Mobile Home Park

A photo released by officials in Tarpon Springs, Fla. on March 30, 2016 shows an apparent sinkhole near a mobile home park that they said measured approximately 60 feet in diameter and 35 feet in depth.
City of Tarpon Springs

25. 66-Foot Wide Massive Sinkhole Causes Evacuations in London

The Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service shared this photo of the sinkhole in St Albans on Twitter, Oct.1, 2015.

26. Sinkhole in New Jersey Causes Evacuations

A large sinkhole is shown in this handout photo provided by the south Amboy Police Department in South Amboy, N.J., March 24, 2015.
South Amboy Police Department/Reuters
South Amboy Police Department/Reuters

27. The Door to Hell

The “Door to Hell” (also known as Darvaza Crater) is a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan, that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971, becoming a natural gas crater. Geologists set it on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas, and it has been burning continuously since then.
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28. Sinkhole Swallows Car in Suburban DC

Cars swallowed by a sinkhole that occurred after a water main break in Bladensburg, Md., on Jan. 27, 2015. A water main break caused a sinkhole in a suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood, swallowing up a family’s car just after they escaped.
Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo
Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo

29. Baseball Game Sinkhole

The grounds crew works to repair a sinkhole next to the pitcher’s mound made by a busted pipe under the infield before the baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, June 11, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.
LM Otero/AP Photo

30. Sinkhole Swallows Truck in China

People look at a loaded truck that got stuck in a sinkhole on a road in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Jan. 7, 2015. No injury was reported, according to local media.

31. Car in China has Close Call

A car is stuck on the edge of a five meter wide sinkhole on Dec. 12, 2014 in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province of China.
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32. Sinkhole in the Middle of the Road in China

A giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath a driver, swallowing his entire car in Quanzhou, China on Dec. 1, 2014. Motorist Wei Hsiao told police “I thought I must have hit something in the road, but then I started falling and the road just disappeared around me and I could feel the car starting to flip upside down.”


33. Massive Crater in Siberia

A scientist looks to the bottom of a crater on the Yamal peninsula in Siberia, Nov. 9, 2014.

Vladimir Pushkarev/The Siberian Times

34. A Massive Sinkhole near Tampa

A massive sinkhole near Tampa, Fla. swallows up a car and driveway, Nov. 10, 2014. The family had five minutes to escape.

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35. Crimean Sinkhole Captures a Car


36. Pennsylvania Sinkhole Swallows Car

A man looks at a car as it falls into a sinkhole in Ross Township, near Pittsburgh, Pa., on Aug. 12, 2014. A woman was pulled from the car and hospitalized after the car fell into the sinkhole that opened up in a parking lot, officials said.

Courtesy Roxanne Oglesby/Reuters

37. A New Sinkhole Discovered in Siberia

This crater in the Taymyr Peninsula of Russia was accidentally discovered by reindeer herders who almost fell into it, in the vicinity of the remote outpost of Nosok. The funnel is a perfectly formed cone, say locals who are mystified over its formation which is between 60 and 100 meters deep and four meters wide.
The Siberian Times
The Siberian Times

38. Giant Sinkhole Opens at School’s Football Stadium

A 40 foot deep sinkhole opened up at Austin Peay State University’s football field.

39. Corvettes Collapse Into Giant Sinkhole

In this image provided by the National Corvette Museum shows several cars that collapsed into a sinkhole, Feb. 12, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky. The museum said a total of eight cars were damaged when a sinkhole opened up early Wednesday morning inside the museum.
National Corvette Museum, HO/AP Photo

40. Sunken Friendship

A car sits in a sinkhole caused by a broken water main, which collapsed part of Friendship Blvd., Dec. 3, 2010, in Chevy Chase, Md. No one was reported injured in the accident.
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41. La Jolla Sinkhole

A massive, approximately 200 ft. by 240 ft., sinkhole opened up and tore apart the pavement of Soledad Mountain Road, Oct. 3, 2007, in the Mount Soledad neighborhood of La Jolla, Calif. The landslide damaged or destroyed six homes and forced the evacuation of at least 20 others.
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