Plenty of natural calamities devastate the lives of people. Depending on where you live, it could be a storm, an earthquake, or a tsunami. There is a less famous disaster though that happens once in a while. With sinkholes, the Earth is capable of swallowing everything that is in the surface of the affected area. Unlike storms, it happens without warning and can burry you in an instant. Look at the list below to know the worst sinkholes experienced on Earth.
10. It is not caused by bombing, but a sinkhole in Winter Park, Florida
Seeing pictures of the aftermath will make someone think that it is the result of some bombings aimed at the place. It is amazing to know that no was killed in the incident though the damage to properties amounted to $4 million. In fact, the event helped the economy of the town because it attracted a worldwide attention. The people sold shirts around the area.
9. Amazing survival capacity of people in Guanghzhou, China
You would be surprised to know that only a single person was injured in the opening of a sinkhole last January 2013. Though sinkholes happen naturally, there are instances that it is triggered by man-made destruction of the environment. There are suspicions that it is caused by the nearby construction.
8. Aside from bumping into another car, other things could happen in Idaho Highway
On a serene day of August 9, 2012, Sonia Lopez was driving on the long boring stretch of the road, when the side section of the highway opened suddenly where she died at the scene.
7. Hard to get a good night’s sleep at Seffner, Florida
While sleeping in his bedroom on March 1, 2013, a 36-year old man was buried underneath when a sinkhole swallowed the area.
6. Double jeopardy in Taipei, Taiwan
While being battered by the Hurricane Saola, a part of the sidewalk opened and claimed the life of an individual as seen in security cameras.
5. Instant burial at Guatemala City
A horrifying 330 feet sinkhole in Guatemala on 2007 caused the death of the three people. It was so deep and it caused a great sewer problem for the city. The irony here is that a broken main sewer is suspected to trigger the sinkhole.
4. Difficult rescue operation in St. Jude, Quebec
This sinkhole incident brought death to the life of the family living in the house that was swallowed. What is more, the situation was dangerous even for rescuers that they were forced to retreat because the house started moving again.
3. The terror in Daisetta, Texas
In 2008, a sinkhole was well-documented where you will clearly see how it grows from 20 feet to an astonishing more than 900 feet in diameter and 260 feet deep. Fortunately, no death toll was recorded on this incident.
2. Almost a hell portal in Guatemala City
The terrifying more than 300 feet deep sinkhole in the city looked like a portal to the underground kingdom of Hades. It killed fifteen people after swallowing a three-story building.
1. The ancient city Ubar banished
It happened around five thousand years ago when a prosperous city Ubar, sunk. The underground water supply made the soil’s foundation weak but that supply of water itself is the reason why Ubar flourish.