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Monday, November 08, 2010

What in the world is causing all of these sinkholes in 2010?

Sinkholes 2010

Category : FeaturedNatural Disasters

What in the world is causing all of these sinkholes in 2010?  While there have always been sinkholes, 2010 has truly been a banner year for them.  The colossal sinkhole in Guatemala made the most headlines, but the truth is that dozens of massive sinkholes have been appearing in China and giant sinkholes have even been opening up and swallowing cars in the United States.  So is all this a sign that something significant is happening?  Should we be preparing for the end of the world as we know it?  Will we see even more sinkholes and sudden geological changes as we approach 2012?

Nobody really knows, but what everyone can agree on is that 2010 has been an amazing year for sinkholes.  Just consider the following examples....

*The most famous sinkhole of 2010 of course was the one in Guatemala that was caused by Tropical Storm Agatha.  It was so massive that it swallowed not only a 3 story building, but also an entire street intersection.

*Sinking land has developed into a gigantic 80-meter diameter hole on a school playground in southern China.

*In China on June 4th, the road surface suddenly collapsed on the Zhejiang Huang Qu Nan highway heading towards Nanping.  A huge sinkhole measuring 8 meters in diameter and 10 meters in depth suddenly appeared right in the middle of the road.

*In fact, massive sinkholes have been popping up all over China in recent months.

*A massive sinkhole at a condominium complex in Florida has swallowed a carand authorities say that it is still growing.

*More than 100 sinkholes have been recorded this year in Hillsborough, Polk and Pasco counties by the Florida Geological Survey.

*Another stunningly large sinkhole recently swallowed a car in one St. Louis neighborhood.

*In Milwaukee, Wisconsin a utility truck recently fell into a huge sinkhole that suddenly developed in the middle of the street.

*The city council of Mobile, Alabama has approved an emergency expenditure to repair a sinkhole large enough to swallow a car.

*A massive sinkhole that recently appeared on the Trans-Canada Highway east of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border was so huge that it totally stopped traffic in both directions until it was repaired.

So could it just be a coincidence that we are seeing so many sinkholes around the globe?

Or is something else going on?

The truth is that earthquakes are up significantly in 2010, and all kinds of weird earth changes are going on.

So will we see even more earth activity as we approach 2012?

Nobody knows for sure, but it definitely looks like we are in for an interesting ride. 

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