Posted by Adonai on September 26, 2015 in categories Featured articles, Sinkholes
A major sinkhole has opened up at Inskip Point in Queensland, Australia around 13:00 UTC on Saturday, September 26, 2015 (23:00 local time).
Police and SES crews were quickly on site, helping those in the immediate vicinity to leave, ABC reported. "A car, caravan and truck were sunk almost immediately. SES volunteer Mark Lawler said other vehicles blocked by trees were expected to go under throughout the night."
According to 9News, the hole opened up slowly and was estimated to be about 100 x 100 meters (328 x 328 feet) and around 3 meters (10 feet). "No one was reported injured and everyone had been accounted for, a police spokeswoman told AAP early on Sunday."
Inskip is no stranger to sinkholes. However, it appears that until June 2011 they were usually up to 5 to 10 m wide.
On Saturday, June 25, 2011 a sinkhole that opened up on Inskip's Rainbow Beach grew up to 100 m across and was 50 m (164 feet) deep by Sunday, June 26. "The sand started slipping just after 10 am," Ron Morgan from the city of Hervey Bay told Fraser Coast Chronicle.
“The beach is just falling, it's disappearing into a giant hole,” he told the Chronicle. “You can't see the bottom. It's like a deep crevasse, and it is growing all the time.”
Featured image: Inskip Point sinkhole - June 2011. Credit: John McLeod.
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