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9 of the Craziest Sinkholes Around the World

It’s crazy how the earth can just open up beneath you!

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California Storms, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Feb 2017AP/Shutterstock

20-foot sinkhole

Two vehicles fell into a 20-foot sinkhole in Studio City, California in February of 2017. No one was injured but one woman was in one of the cars that got swallowed and had to stand on the top of her car until firefighters lowered a ladder into the hole to rescue her.

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Dead Sea in Jordan, Sweimeh - 11 Aug 2017AHMAD ABDO/EPA/Shutterstock

The Dead Sea

Thousands of sinkholes appear around the Dead Sea every year due to decreasing sea levels—the water level of the Dead Sea is dropping more than three feet every year! Sinkholes appear when the salt water from the sea recedes and fresh groundwater dissolves layers of salt creating cracks under the earth that eventually collapse. Check out these naturally gorgeous rock formations around the world.

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Bimmah sinkhole, one of the world most beautiful natural sinkhole in the Sultanate of Oman. Tourists can swim in the clear turquoise waters to cool off from the desert's heat from the nearby WahibaAraya Gerabun/Shutterstock

Bimmah sinkhole

Not all sinkholes are bad. The Bimmah sinkhole in Northern Oman is one of the world’s most beautiful natural sinkholes. A staircase was built into the 65-foot deep hole so that tourists can swim in the turquoise waters. Read up on these natural wonders you’ve probably never heard of.

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Forklift falls into sinkhole in Uijeongbu, Korea - 05 Sep 2018YONHAP/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Swallowed a forklift

A sinkhole opened up in Uijeongbu, South Korea, swallowing an entire forklift.

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Forklift falls into sinkhole in Uijeongbu, Korea - 05 Sep 2018YONHAP/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Chicago spring storms

In the spring of 2013, a giant sinkhole formed in a residential neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. The earth opened up due to heavy rains and three cars were swallowed.

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Harvey, Rosenberg, USA - 27 Aug 2017AP/Shutterstock

Road closed

A massive sinkhole formed on a main road in Rosenberg, Texas due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Learn about the secret features hidden in America’s natural landmarks.

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Harvey, Rosenberg, USA - 27 Aug 2017AP/Shutterstock

Close call for firefighters

A 22-ton fire engine fell into a sinkhole in Los Angles in 2009. The hole was caused by a water main burst in the San Fernando Valley, which made the ground collapse.

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The Great Blue Hole in BelizeGlobe Guide Media Inc/Shutterstock

Ocean sinkhole

This large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize is known as the Great Blue Hole. It formed during the last ice age when sea levels were much lower. It’s over 1,000 feet wide and about 407 feet deep.

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Sinkhole swallows a car in Wijchen, The Netherlands - 02 Mar 2018GINOPRESS B.V./EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Swallowed car

A sinkhole caused by a blown water pipe swallowed a car in Wijchen, The Netherlands in March of 2018. Next, read about the most stunningly colorful natural wonders on Earth.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Senior Production Editor at Trusted Media Brands. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She works with our Production Coordinators to keep content moving and make sure that things are working well behind the scenes for all our digital sites. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.