Besides being the subject of a TBS TV movie called ON HOSTILE GROUND (2000) about a geologist who must prevent a huge sinkhole from swallowing New Orleans during Mardi Gras, sinkholes also happen in real life. A sinkhole is a hole in the ground that is created due to the collapse of the ground’s surface layer. They can happen gradually or suddenly and are extremely dangerous since they literally swallow everything; buildings, trees, cars, basically, anything. They occur all over the world as a result of natural or man-made reasons. Sinkholes happen naturally when the rock below the ground is made of carbonite minerals such as limestone and is eroded over time by water or other natural elements. Sinkholes can be man-made as well and happen when abandoned mines or other underground caverns collapse. In urban areas, sinkholes generally occur when a water main breaks or a sewer collapses due to old pipes. And since they happen all over the world, there is no shortage of sinkhole videos chronicling this phenomenon. Although most sinkholes cause devastation, some have actually created amazing underground beaches.
WHAT IS THE LARGEST SINKHOLE I CAN SEE IN A SINKHOLE VIDEO?
In July 2014, a mysterious, giant 328 feet crater was discovered in Yamal, Siberia, one of the most remote regions in Russia. The area has -50 degrees Celsius temperatures and is called “the end of the earth” by the locals. The huge hole was discovered by a passing helicopter and originally had scientists baffled. Some first thought the hole may have been created by a meteorite while other more creative types speculated a UFO had landed. A team of researchers visited the sinkhole to take soil samples and film a sinkhole video in an attempt to explain what caused it. The area has a wealth of natural gas so scientists first concluded the sinkhole was caused by an underground explosion especially since it’s located near a gas field. Later, Andrei Plekhanov from the Scientific Research Center of the Arctic deduced the hole was probably due to rising temperatures since scientists found darker soil around the surface indicating the effect of high temperatures.
WHAT ARE SOME COOL SINKHOLES CREATED IN NATURE?
One of the most amazing sinkholes is the Great Blue Hole off the coast of Belize. The hole measures over 984 feet wide across and is 407 feet deep. Scientists discovered it was formed due to several glacier events that started more than150,000 years ago. The world’s deepest underwater sinkhole with seawater is Dean’s Blue Hole in The Bahamas. It’s 663 feet deep and 82 to115 feet wide. After 66 feet deep, the hole widens into a cavern with a diameter of 330 feet. Another amazing natural sinkhole is located in popular national park, Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand. The Harwood Hole sinkhole measures 164 feet wide and is a mind-blowing 1,171 feet deep.
Blue Hole, Belize:
WHAT ARE SOME AMAZING SINKHOLE VIDEOS?
There are several amazing sinkhole videos starting with one that is actually cringe-worthy especially if you are a Corvette lover. On February 12, 2014, at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a sinkhole swallowed eight priceless Corvettes when the ground beneath the museum’s Sky Dome wing collapsed. The size of the sinkhole measured 25-30 feet deep and 40 feet wide. There were no human injuries but here’s a list of the Corvette casualties. Hope the museum paid its insurance premiums.
Located in Assumption Parish, Louisiana, n August 2012, the Bayou Corne sinkhole was created due to a collapsed underground salt dome cavern. The salt cavern was owned by Occidental Petroleum and operated by the Texas Brine Company. 350 residents had to be evacuated when locals first discovered that the ground was shaking and bubbles were arising from the water. Emergency crews filmed this video of large trees sinking into the underwater cavern as the sinkhole grew. The evacuation order still stands as the sinkhole continues to slowly keep growing.
If you are not a fan of sinkholes, you should not live in Guatemala City since within 3 years, two gaping holes developed in the city. The first one occurred on February 23, 2007, when a huge, 330 feet deep hole formed, killing five people. One thousand citizens were evacuated and experts believed the sinkhole was created due to a corroded sewage system. Then in 2010, a 65 feet wide, 100 feet deep sinkhole killed 15 people and swallowed a three-story factory. Authorities concluded that leaking sewer pipes also contributed to this hole in addition to Tropical Storm Agatha and the recent eruption from nearby Pacaya Volcano.
However, if you are a fan of sinkhole videos, here’s a compilation of sinkholes from all over the world:
If you ever wondered what the view is like from inside a sinkhole but don’t want to experience it firsthand, thanks to modern technology, here’s a sinkhole video on how it is to travel inside one: