As if we didn’t have enough problems caused by weather-related events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, snowstorms, droughts and flooding. Now we need to start worrying about the sky falling in the form of asteroids making close approaches to Earth and the ground falling in the form of giant sinkholes!
Sinkholes are nothing new, but the recent frequency of this strange and dangerous phenomenon and the severity of them have some people alarmed. The official explanations for the spate of sinkhole incidents lately have been loose soil, acidic groundwater, new construction, leaky water pipes, coal mines, fracking and drought followed by rain. But I’ll tell you, I’m starting to wonder about the stability of the Earth’s crust.
There have just been too many of these incidents to chalk them up as “normal.” According to ABC News, insurance claims related to sinkholes more than doubled in Florida during a recent four-year period. There have been 41 documented cases of sinkholes in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, alone. A 30-foot deep sinkhole in Ohio caused part of Route 516 to collapse, and a giant sinkhole in Louisiana is now more than 800 feet in diameter.
And this bizarre trend has not been limited to the United States, by any means. China, Poland, Guatemala, Italy, Portugal, and Venezuela have all experienced sinkholes recently, with the one in Guatemala going 30 stories deep and the one in Venezuela being 1,000 feet wide.
If the Earth’s crust is going soft on us, geologists need to figure out why and give us some advance warning so that people and homes don’t continue disappearing with no notice. Check out this article for more information and some staggering aerial photos that show the real “depth” of this problem.
So, what do you think? Can all of the recent giant sinkholes around the globe be explained by loose soil, new construction, etc., or is there a deeper problem we’re not being told about? If something’s going on with the Earth’s crust, why aren’t we being kept up to speed about it? Have you ever seen a giant sinkhole up close and personal?