This video of a sinkhole proves Mother Nature hates us
Video of a sinkhole in China shows the ground opening up and swallowing five people without a hint of warning. Four were hurt, but there were no fatalities.
Sinkholes suck. That’s not a scientific description, but it’s an apt one.
As far as natural disasters go, they are bastards. There’s no such thing as a good natural disaster, but at least with some of the others there some warning signs. Even tornadoes can be predicted to a degree, and you at the very least have a few seconds once the funnel cloud forms. Earthquakes are probably the closest in the surprise factor, but you can generally expect the area an earthquake might happen.
But not sinkholes. They can happen anywhere, anytime. Even in the middle of a major city at a crowded bus stop.
The video below comes from Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang in northeastern China.
China is somewhat more susceptible to sinkholes than many other regions, especially its cities.
Sinkholes can, and often do occur thanks to natural reasons, but many are due to human causes. According to Science Alert, the Chinese city of Jiang will require as many as 5 million people to relocate by the end of the century because of extensive mining. No explanation has been given for this sinkhole yet though.
The sinkhole opened up without warning, swallowing five people – four, if you don’t count the incredibly lucky person that fell on a cable. They dropped roughly ten feet, and a few were struck by falling objects. The four were treated for minor cuts and bruises with no serious injuries
As far as sinkholes go, this is a fairly minor one. It’s not that much different in size from another sinkhole that recently struck a subway platform in South Korea.This is a small one compared to others.
It’s difficult to say exactly what the biggest sinkhole in history is, given that they tend to grow over time. One sinkhole in Russia, known as the “end of the world,” appeared suddenly in the peninsula of Yamal and measures 80 meters across. The exact depth isn’t known, but it may be the biggest. Any bigger and we’re all screwed.
Check out the video below.