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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:27

Large sinkhole opens in Pennsylvania: 6 cars buried

Sinkhole in Lancaster Pennsylvania:Chris Murphy Sinkhole in Lancaster Pennsylvania:Chris Murphy.

6 cars were buried under the ground after a massive sinkhole opened up in the parking lot of the Tanger Outlets in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

A sinkhole is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer. Most are caused by the chemical dissolution of carbonate rocks or suffusion processes. Sinkholes vary in size from 1 to 600 m. both in diameter and depth and their formation can occur gradually or suddenly.

The incident occurred on Thursday, 9 of August. Authorities warned people not to approach the sinkhole as it was still considered unstable. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. Cars were pulled out by the emergency services in a challenging effort. Yet, another hazard posed the possibility of an explosion as gas lines that are located directly under the sinkhole could mix with petrol from vehicles.

According to firefighters, that rushed to address the incident, the sinkhole has already doubled its size and it is expected to continue growing. At the same time, Engineers, geologists, and property representatives are trying to find the cause of the hole.


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