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PostPosted: 03-02-2014 08:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Family car disappears down 30ft sinkhole in driveway
[Video: The sinkhole appeared in the driveway and swallowed the family car]

A sinkhole measuring 30ft (9m) deep has opened up on the driveway of a house in High Wycombe and swallowed a car. Shocked
Nobody was inside the VW Lupo when the ground on Main Road in Walter's Ash gave way.
The vehicle is still at the bottom covered in rubble.

Firefighters said the hole was about 15ft (4.5m) diameter but left the scene after discovering no-one was inside. Wycombe District Council will now have to decide what steps to take next.

A Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Firefighters were called to a sinkhole which swallowed a parked car in the driveway of a house in Main Road, Walter's Ash.
"Firefighters placed a cordon around it and gave safety advice.
"The incident was handed over to building control at Wycombe District Council. Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-26010192

Is there a history of mining there? Or is the country rock limestone? I'll be interested to get to the bottom of this (so to speak Wink )
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-26010192

Is there a history of mining there? Or is the country rock limestone? I'll be interested to get to the bottom of this (so to speak Wink )

High Wycombe is built on chalk in a valley in the Chiltern Hills.

High Wycombe Historic Town Assessment Report PDF
(Pg.17: 2.1 Location, Topography & Geology)

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiltern_Hills#Geology

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Sinkholes in chalk: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/caves/chalk.html
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PostPosted: 03-02-2014 11:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

I worked in Walters Ash for five years. RAF Strike Command is about half a mile down the road and presumed to sprawl out widely underneath the surrounding area.
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Driveway sinkhole: Conran family speaks about VW Lupo hole shock

A family has told how their daughter could have been "buried alive" if she had been in her car when a 30ft (9m) sinkhole swallowed it up.
Nobody was inside the VW Lupo when the ground on Main Road in Walter's Ash, High Wycombe, gave way on Sunday.

Liz Conran, who lives in the house with her husband Phil, said the car belonged to their daughter Zoe.
"She was in absolute hysterics," she said. "It didn't dawn on us what had happened until after about an hour."
The vehicle is still at the bottom of the 15ft (4.5m) diameter hole and covered in rubble.
It is thought the hole has been caused by a mixture of mining tunnels beneath the ground and heavy rain.

The car is so far down that it cannot be seen from the house.
Describing the moment Zoe Smith realised her car was missing, she said: "I went to walk out the front door and obviously my car wasn't there and I thought 'Oh my that's a bit strange'.
"So I went back inside, looked out of the window thinking someone has stolen my car.
"There was just a crater at which point I screamed the house down.
"I'm quite lucky I've got parents who are good in a crisis and said its okay, its just a car and you weren't in it."

Mrs Conran said she was "very worried" about their family home.
"We are expecting the house insurance people to instruct engineers to come and have a look.
"The police would not let us stay here last night so we stayed with our neighbours.
"We are not sure whether they will try and get the car out because heavy machinery on the driveway is not a good idea.
"If my daughter had been in it at the time, she would have been buried alive. We are counting ourselves very lucky this morning."

Mr Conran said: "The initial shock was very quickly overtaken by relief.
"The car is completely full of earth, it could have been horrendous."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-26014076
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Coincidentally, Tonight's Horizon is "Swallowed by a Sinkhole"!

2100 - 2200
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50ft-deep hole appears on M2 in Kent

A 10-mile (16km) section of motorway has been closed in both directions after a 50ft (15m) deep hole appeared in the central reservation.
Long tailbacks built up after the M2 in north Kent was shut between junction 5, near Sittingbourne, and junction 6, south of Faversham.
The Highways Agency said the hole measured 16ft (5m) by 6ft (2m).

A spokeswoman said the road would be reopened "when it is safe to do so".
She said: "The road has been closed while urgent safety checks are made following a large hole opening up in the central reservation.
"Agency staff and contractors are working hard to inspect the hole and make the necessary repairs and lanes will be reopened when it is safe to do so."

She added that there were delays both east and westbound in the area of the closure and urged drivers heading to and from the port of Dover to use the M20 instead.
The agency said it was investigating what had caused the hole.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-26143100
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Eight Corvettes plunge into sinkhole at National Corvette Museum in the U.S.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/12/photos-eight-corvettes-plunge-into-sinkhole-at-national-corvette-museum/

Eight vintage Corvettes — one of them the only one in existence — plunged into a giant forty-foot sinkhole Wednesday morning at the National Corvette Museum after the floor collapsed.

The accident occurred sometime around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Corvette museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The hole began to form around 5:30 a.m., according to museum officials; power was lost at 5:39 and police were called to the scene.

When they arrived, personnel discovered a 40-foot sink hole between 25 and 30 feet deep.

“It’s pretty significant,” executive director Wendell Strode told the local Courier-Journal.

Staff removed one car, a 1983 Corvette, but others will remain in the ground until the structure surrounding the hole has been assessed.

Photos of the sinkhole and surrounding scene follow.



The following Corvettes dropped into the hole, according to WBKO News.

1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors

The other six vehicles were owned by the National Corvette Museum including:

1962 Black Corvette
1984 PPG Pace Car
1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette

The Courier-Journal reports sinkholes are frequent in Kentucky, where the museum is located.

“Bowling Green — about 60 miles northeast of Nashville, Tenn., and 100 miles southwest of Louisville, Ky. — is at the edge of a karst region where caves, springs and sinkholes are common,” the paper’s Mark Boxley wrote. “The main entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park is about 30 miles northeast of the city, but that cave system has more than 400 miles that have been explored.”
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Surely at least two of them are unique? Laughing
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The Corvette museum has posted their security camera footage of the sinkhole opening.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IukDWhf7U9I
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Very dramatic, it looks as if the cars were parked on cardboard with nothing underneath.
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A quiet suburban street in Hemel Hempstead.
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/homes-evacuated-after-giant-sinkhole-opens-up-in-hemel-hempstead-9130618.html

Homes evacuated after giant sinkhole opens up in Hemel Hempstead

Police say chasm is 20ft deep and 35ft wide

The Independent. Lizzie Dearden. 15 February 2014


Police have evacuated more than a dozen houses after a giant sinkhole opened up in a residential street in Hemel Hempstead.

Hertfordshire Constabulary said people were moved out of 17 homes in and around Oatridge Gardens for safety, although it has "mainly affected" the road.

The chasm, which is approximately 35ft wide and 20ft deep, could have been caused by rainwater washing away soil underneath the tarmac.

Police are assessing the situation with Dacorum Borough Council, specialist structural engineers and utilities companies.

Meanwhile, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to avoid the area.

The hole opened up after a night of gales and torrential rain from the latest Atlantic storm to hit Britain.

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New sinkhole find: Croxley Green homes evacuated
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A house and three flats were evacuated on Sunday night after another sinkhole appeared in Hertfordshire.
The hole was found in a back garden in Croxley Green, near Rickmansworth.
The sinkhole is about 5ft (1.5m) by 5ft (1.5m) and 20ft (6m) deep. Residents were allowed back into their homes in the cul-de-sac on Monday.

On Saturday, 17 homes were evacuated in Hemel Hempstead as a sinkhole about 35ft (9m) wide and 20ft (6m) deep opened up in Oatridge Gardens.

Dr Vanessa Banks, of the British Geological Society, said heavy rain had led to a rise in sinkhole numbers.

Max Green, who lives in a flat in Oatridge Gardens, said it was a "bit of a shock" to be told about what happened on Saturday morning.
"At the moment we are stuck," he said.
"The road is closed, we can walk out a side gate, but can't get out by car. I think we'll be stuck for a couple of days."

Mr Green said the hole opened up in the front garden of one of the houses that fronts on to the main road.
"When I looked out of the window... all I could see were lots of police and gas engineers," he said.
"They were worried it could have caused damage to the gas pipes."

Rob Wheatley, who also lives nearby, said he believed the house on the corner, near where the hole had opened up in Oatridge Gardens, would have to be demolished.
"A tree has also fallen in to it," he said.

Dr Banks said: "Sinkholes have not been caused by the weather, they are triggered by the weather.
"The cause is the existence of a cavity at depth, be it artificial or natural. The trigger is water passing through the ground."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-26224207
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The Sixth Sinkhole. Sounds like the title of a horror story. It probably is for some.
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sixth-sinkhole-destroys-house-in-ripon-north-yorkshire-and-forces-three-homes-to-be-evacuated-9135334.html

'Sixth' sinkhole destroys house in Ripon, North Yorkshire and forces three homes to be evacuated

The Independent. Adam Withnall. 18 February 2014


Yet another sinkhole has opened up in flood-hit Britain, the sixth this month, leaving one house on the brink of collapse and two more homes evacuated.

Police were called in at around 5.40pm yesterday after a 25ft-wide crater appeared underneath properties on Magdalen's Close in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

A fire service spokesperson said they had “successfully rescued” a dog at the property, and that there were no occupiers present at the time.

Last night police officers went from house to house warning neighbours about what had happened, as the British Geological Society warned that Ripon is one of the most at-risk areas for sinkholes in the whole country.

The region in north-east England is known for its large deposits of gypsum, a soft material that dissolves much quicker than the surrounding limestone - particularly after persistent heavy rainfall.

Images from the scene showed extensive damage to the affected property, and the fire service called in specialist engineers amid fears it would collapse.

The sinkhole is believed to be the sixth to have opened up across built-up areas and transport routes this month alone.

A house and three flats were evacuated after a crater opened up in a back garden in Croxley Green, near Watford on Sunday.

On Saturday, 17 homes were evacuated after a giant 35ft-wide and 20ft-deep hole appeared in a quiet cul-de-sac in Hemel Hempstead, also in Hertfordshire.

Last week a 10-mile stretch of the M2 in north Kent was closed after a 15ft-deep hole was discovered in the central reservation, while in Barnehurst, southeast London a crater appeared just feet from a child's trampoline.

And at the start of February a teenager's car was swallowed up into a 30ft-deep sinkhole on a family's driveway in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

In Ripon, where an ambulance was stood down after it became apparent there had again been no injuries caused by the sinkhole, Local resident Barry Dyason, 34, said: “Most of the people from the emergency services seem to have gone now, it's mainly people from the utility companies who are still there.

“This area is quite well known for gypsum deposits, and there have been properties affected by subsidence - but not sinkholes, that I've heard of.

“There's been some rain around here, but nothing like the floods seen in other parts of the country.

“It's alarming, you see these things reported on television but don't expect it to happen so close to you. Hopefully lightning wouldn't strike twice in such a small area.”

Looks like the whole country's going down the plughole. They haven't even started fracking, yet.
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Kilkenny sinkhole cordoned off to protect public
10m by 15m hole located in field close to former lead and zinc mine
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/kilkenny-sinkhole-cordoned-off-to-protect-public-1.1695325

The sinkhole that opened up in a field in Galmoy, Kilkenny, on Saturday. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Conor Kane

Tue, Feb 18, 2014, 01:00

Officials have moved to reassure the public that a sinkhole which appeared close to a former zinc and lead mine shaft at the weekend does not present a danger.

The hole, which is 10 metres deep and 16 metres in circumference, was discovered in a field owned by farmer Eddie Cavanagh on Saturday morning in Co Kilkenny.

It is directly above a mine shaft which was part of the Galmoy Mine operation that closed recently near Crosspatrick, close to the Kilkenny/Laois border.
Mr Cavanagh saw the hole when he looked out his kitchen window on Saturday and realised its extent when he went outside to examine it.

His wife, Mary Hilda Cavanagh, said, “What frightened us was that two days before, on the Thursday evening, Eddie and [their son] Brian had been spreading soiled water there. They drove over it.”

The field is normally used for grazing and for cutting silage but is left unused between October and March.

“I wouldn’t be in a hurry into the field again,” said Ms Cavanagh, a Fine Gael councillor. Her husband notified the mining company and the 22-acre field was immediately secured by Lundin Mining – owners of Galmoy – who also informed Kilkenny County Council, the Department of Energy and Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The council also blocked the road, about 200m away, as a precaution.
“It’s quite sheer and quite dramatic,” said Kilkenny city and county manager Joe Crockett, who visited the site on Saturday. “It’s well set back from the road and is behind the main mining complex at Galmoy. The field was cordoned-off and security personnel were put on the site by the company, just to protect public safety.”
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