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Massive Ohio Sinkhole Is One of World's Largest (VIDEO)

by Suzanne Murray on December 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

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Holy cow -- have you seen this picture of the massive Ohio sinkhole that opened up in Dover Ohio? That thing is huge! According to news reports, it took only minutes for the sinkhole to devour several acres of land -- the size of 4 football fields -- and part of a state highway. (That's State Highway 516 in Dover -- in case you were planning on driving on it anytime soon.)

The hole collapsed near a lake where, for years, an asphalt company had been dredging sand 50 feet below the surface. Pretty scary stuff. Can you imagine driving along the highway and all of a sudden having it open up? Fortunately, there have been no reports of any actual injuries.

The sinkhole measures 1000-feet long, 300-feet wide, 30-feet deep -- and is apparently still growing. Its size puts it on the list for one of the world's biggest sinkholes. Take a look:


Have you ever seen a sinkhole in real life?


Image via YouTube



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  • guest24
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    December 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    It would HAVE to be a big sink hole for it to reach from Dover all the way to Cleveland....Did you pehaps mean Canton?
  • Austi...
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    Austin Keenan

    December 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    I saw one that was in front of a gas station/convenience store,   in a grassy area between their parking lot and the road.     It wasn't huge but it was big enough to be disconcerting because you don't know if/when/how fast they're going to expand.     It wasn't being addressed because there was a legal fight between the local government and the property owners about who had to pay. 

  • carole76


    December 1, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    When I went to Hawaii, there was a huge one, that happened while we were there.  It took a big chunk of golf course there. The water was all red from the clay and rock

  • tuffy...


    December 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    Sinks scare the living hell out of me. We have some down on the south side on the way to the coast, on the edge of the national forest, and people swim in them. Years ago, one caved in and sucked a swimmer into the earth. Horror! Ugh. The stuff of nightmares!
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