Giant Sinkhole Eats Highway in Oregon
The startling chasm, which began out much less than a foot throughout in mid-December, unexpectedly was a monster eighty ft in diameter on Jan. 28, after an inch and a 1/2 of rain caused a culvert to fail and brought about a landslide nearby. The hole has closed down the stretch of U.S. A hundred and one that runs via the unincorporated metropolis of Harbor, just south of the metropolis of Brookings, in line with information reviews.
Officials reportedly have estimated that it will take at least a week to repair the hole, which started in the parking lot of the Fireside Diner, and then grew to devour a big hunk of the highway. To further exacerbate the situation, a second, smaller sinkhole opened up in the middle of the road itself.
A spectacular drone video of the damage, shot by local resident Kyle Rice, already has attracted nearly 200,000 views on YouTube. The hole also has attracted coverage fromBBC News and Russia’sRT.com, where some readers used it as fodder for anti-American retorts and conspiracy theories. “Research shows US is one big sinkhole,” one wrote, while another suggested that it may have been caused by “hundreds of underground tunnels throughout America.”
The actual explanation is a bit less bizarre. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, sinkholes happen frequently where the rocks below the land surface are porous enough to be dissolved by groundwater circulating through them.
Though USGS identifies Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania as the states where the most sinkhole damage occurs, Oregon also has a history of really big sinkholes. The big kahuna was a 50-foot-deep, 100-foot-long hole that appeared on Interstate 5 near Roseburg in November 1996, causing a pair of big rigs to plunge into it.