Imagine stepping outside of your front door into ... nothing. That's what reportedly happened to a 74-year-old woman in Atlanta, Georgia. The elderly lady stepped outside of her home and into an 8-foot-deep and 12-foot-wide sinkhole that had opened up overnight, apparently the result of a private waterline that had been installed over a decade ago. Luckily, the woman's husband was there to pull her out.
This is hardly the first sudden sinkhole we've heard about. Recently, a woman in New Zealand fell into a 10-foot-deep sinkhole that was filled with dead animals, including a cow. A woman's dog fell into a sinkhole in Buffalo, New York. He was rescued.
In December 2012, a massive sinkhole opened up in Ohio and devoured several football field lengths worth of Earth. It was 1,000 feet long, 300 feet wide, 30 feet deep, one of the world's largest. Amazingly, no one was injured.
In April 2012, a teenager walking in China and talking on her cellphone was suddenly swallowed up by a sinkhole.
And, most frightening of all (I had nightmares about this for awhile), last year a man named Jeff Bush from Florida was swallowed up by a 100-foot sinkhole as he lay in his bed! WTF?! His poor brother heard him screaming and ran in to find him, and much of the house, gone. His brother was never found! He reportedly disappeared without a trace. How terrible! Poor man!
The Atlanta woman is especially lucky that her sinkhole wasn't enormous and that someone was around to help her out -- but these things are pretty frightening. Seems like they can strike anywhere, any time.
Maybe this is Mother Nature's way of saying, "Put down those damn cellphones and watch where you're walking!"
Do you ever worry about sinkholes?
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