Worldwide Sinkholes

A cherry picker teeters on a collapsed sidewalk at Grant Ave. and Kearny St. in San Francisco, March 1, 2011. (CBS)
Cherry picker, sinkhole A cherry picker teeters on a collapsed sidewalk at Grant Ave. and Kearny St. in San Francisco, March 1, 2011. (CBS)
A massive sinkhole opened up following a water main break in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley Tuesday. (CBS)
Sinkhole
A massive sinkhole opened up following a water main break in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley Tuesday. (CBS)
A massive sinkhole opened up following a water main break in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley Tuesday. (CBS)
A sinkhole nearly swallows a utility truck in San Francisco.  (Photo Courtesy: Haighteration.com)
sinkhole1 A sinkhole nearly swallows a utility truck in San Francisco. (Photo Courtesy: Haighteration.com)
A sinkhole nearly swallows a utility truck in San Francisco.  (Photo Courtesy: Haighteration.com)
sinkhole2 A sinkhole nearly swallows a utility truck in San Francisco. (Photo Courtesy: Haighteration.com)
A storm caused a 20-foot sinkhole to form along Mountain View Drive in Lafayette on December 2, 2012. (CBS)
Lafayette Sinkhole
A storm caused a 20-foot sinkhole to form along Mountain View Drive in Lafayette on December 2, 2012. (CBS)
A storm caused a 20-foot sinkhole to form along Mountain View Drive in Lafayette on December 2, 2012. (CBS)
A large sinkhole in the Santa Cruz mountains.  (CBS)
SantaCruzSinkhole A large sinkhole in the Santa Cruz mountains. (CBS)
A sinkhole on a road in Clayton.  (CBS)
ClaytonSinkhole A sinkhole on a road in Clayton. (CBS)
A sinkhole on Highway 162 near Covelo (Mendocino County Sheriff)
Mendo Sinkhole A sinkhole on Highway 162 near Covelo (Mendocino County Sheriff)
A sinkhole formed at the intersection of Lake Street and Second Avenue in San Francisco's Richmond District on May 6, 2013. (CBS)
San Francisco Sinkhole
A sinkhole formed at the intersection of Lake Street and Second Avenue in San Francisco's Richmond District on May 6, 2013. (CBS)
A sinkhole formed at the intersection of Lake Street and Second Avenue in San Francisco's Richmond District on May 6, 2013. (CBS)
A man at Taichung Port, 170-km southwest of Taipei
A man at Taichung Port, 170-km southwest of Taipei
TAICHUNG, TAIWAN: A man at Taichung Port, 170-km southwest of Taipei, looks at a quake-opened sinkhole, 25 September 1999, that is filled with molasses spilled from nearby storage tanks destroyed in the September 21 earthquake. Officials say it will take three to six months to put three wharves back into operation. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power personne
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power personne
SANTA MONICA, UNITED STATES: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power personnel inspect the damage done to Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica after a broken water main collapsed a block long part of the street creating the largest sinkhole in recent memory in Los Angeles county 30 December, 2002. Sinkholes caused by water eroding the foundation of streets are a continual problem in Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of a rescue brigade get out from
Members of a rescue brigade get out from
Sao Paulo, BRAZIL: Members of a rescue brigade get out from the crater carrying an empty casket and body bag after an unsuccessful operation to retrieve missing victims at the collapsed 'Pinheiros' subway station, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 15 January 2007. Rescuers have dug through tons of rubble in search of as many as seven people believed buried inside a giant sinkhole that opened at a construction site in South America's biggest city. Brazlian officials said a passenger minivan had fallen to the bottom of a 40-meter (130-foot)-deep pit dug to facilitate delivery of supplies for workers building an underground railway line. The lip of the hole gave way to a landslide, taking with it vehicles on a roadway around the edge and dumping tons of earth, asphalt and concrete atop them. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA (Photo credit should read MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)
General view showing the huge crater at
General view showing the huge crater at
Sao Paulo, BRAZIL: General view showing the huge crater at the collapsed 'Pinheiros' subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 15 January 2007. Rescuers have dug through tons of rubble in search of as many as seven people believed buried inside a giant sinkhole that opened at a construction site in South America's biggest city. Brazilian officials said a passenger minivan had fallen to the bottom of a 40-meter (130-foot)-deep pit dug to facilitate delivery of supplies for workers building an underground railway line. The lip of the hole gave way to a landslide, taking with it vehicles on a roadway around the edge and dumping tons of earth, asphalt and concrete atop them. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA (Photo credit should read MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Landslide Creates Large Sinkhole Near San Diego
Landslide Creates Large Sinkhole Near San Diego
LA JOLLA, CA - OCTOBER 3: A massive, approximately 200' x 240', sinkhole opens up and tears apart the pavement of Soledad Mountain Road, October 3, 2007 in the Mount Soledad neighborhood of La Jolla near San Diego, California. The landslide has damaged or destroyed reportedly 6 homes and forced the evacuation of at least 20 others. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)
Landslide Creates Large Sinkhole Near San Diego
Landslide Creates Large Sinkhole Near San Diego
LA JOLLA, CA - OCTOBER 3: A massive 200' x 240' landslide opens up and tears apart the pavement of Soledad Mountain Road, October 3, 2007 in the Mount Soledad neighborhood of La Jolla near San Diego, California. The landslide has damaged or destroyed reportedly 6 homes and forced the evacuation of at least 20 others. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JOSEPH KRAUSS  A
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JOSEPH KRAUSS A
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JOSEPH KRAUSS A campsite is sucked underground by the opening of cavernous sinkholes near the Ein Gedi Spa on the shores of teh Dead sea on September 10, 2008. As Israeli holidaymakers watch the Dead Sea retreating, leaving massive sinkholes in its wake, Palestinian farmers farther up the valley pry crops from increasingly parched soil. The Jordan Valley is in the grip of a severe water crisis, exacerbated by the region's various conflicts, that threatens the livelihoods of its Israeli and Arab residents. And it is transforming the landscape before their eyes. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JOSEPH KRAUSS  A
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JOSEPH KRAUSS A
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JOSEPH KRAUSS A sinkhole caused by the opening of cavernous is seen near the Ein Gedi Spa on the shores of the Dead Sea on September 10, 2008. As Israeli holidaymakers watch the Dead Sea retreating, leaving massive sinkholes in its wake, Palestinian farmers farther up the valley pry crops from increasingly parched soil. The Jordan Valley is in the grip of a severe water crisis, exacerbated by the region's various conflicts, that threatens the livelihoods of its Israeli and Arab residents. And it is transforming the landscape before their eyes. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire Truck Trapped In Giant Sinkhole
Fire Truck Trapped In Giant Sinkhole
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 8: A 22-ton Los Angeles Fire Department fire truck protrudes from a sinkhole on September 8, 2009 in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Firefighters were dispatched to investigate an early morning call about flooding on a residential street when the driver saw a large amount of water in the darkness. The driver was backing up when the truck fell into the sinkhole, apparently caused by a broken 6-inch cast iron pipe. The firefighters were not hurt in the accident. Officials have not yet determined if the break is related to a broken 95-year-old 64-inch pipe in neighboring Studio city. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Fire Truck Trapped In Giant Sinkhole
Fire Truck Trapped In Giant Sinkhole
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 8: A 22-ton Los Angeles Fire Department fire truck protrudes from a sinkhole on September 8, 2009 in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Firefighters were dispatched to investigate an early morning call about flooding on a residential street when the driver saw a large amount of water in the darkness. The driver was backing up when the truck fell into the sinkhole, apparently caused by a broken 6-inch cast iron pipe. The firefighters were not hurt in the accident. Officials have not yet determined if the break is related to a broken 95-year-old 64-inch pipe in neighboring Studio city. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Sink Hole Swallows Car In Chevy Chase, Maryland
Sink Hole Swallows Car In Chevy Chase, Maryland
CHEVY CHASE, MD - DECEMBER 3: A car sits in a sinkhole caused by a broken water main, which collapsed part of Friendship Blvd. on December 3, 2010 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. No one was reported injured in the accident. (Photo by Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)
Workers block off the site of a sinkhole
Workers block off the site of a sinkhole
Workers block off the site of a sinkhole which occured overnight on Shiliuzhuang road, in Beijing on April 26, 2011. A section of the road collapsed beneath a truck, slightly injuring the driver and a passenger, who both jumped out the vehicle beforeit sank into the hole, as an authoritiy suspects the hole was caused by the construction of a subway line. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers block off the site of a huge sin
Workers block off the site of a huge sin
Workers block off the site of a huge sinkhole which occured overnight on Shiliuzhuang road, in Beijing on April 26, 2011. A section of the road collapsed beneath a truck, slightly injuring the driver and a passenger, who both jumped out the vehicle beforeit sank into the hole, as an authoritiy suspects the hole was caused by the construction of a subway line. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers use excavators to fill in a sink
Workers use excavators to fill in a sink
Workers use excavators to fill in a sinkhole which occured overnight on Shiliuzhuang road, in Beijing on April 26, 2011. A section of the road collapsed beneath a truck, slightly injuring the driver and a passenger, who both jumped out the vehicle beforeit sank into the hole, as an authoritiy suspects the hole was caused by the construction of a subway line. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A truck lies in a sinkhole which occured
A truck lies in a sinkhole which occured
A truck lies in a sinkhole which occured overnight on Shiliuzhuang road, in Beijing on April 26, 2011. A section of the road collapsed beneath a truck, slightly injuring the driver and a passenger, who both jumped out the vehicle beforeit sank into the hole, as an authoritiy suspects the hole was caused by the construction of a subway line. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers use excavators to fill in a sink
Workers use excavators to fill in a sink
Workers use excavators to fill in a sinkhole which occured overnight on Shiliuzhuang road, in Beijing on April 26, 2011. A section of the road collapsed beneath a truck, slightly injuring the driver and a passenger, who both jumped out the vehicle beforeit sank into the hole, as an authoritiy suspects the hole was caused by the construction of a subway line. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes cre
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes cre
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes created by the drying of the Dead Sea, near Kibbutz Ein Gedi, on November 10, 2011. The Dead Sea is one of the sites candidate of other 28 sits in a international online campaign votes to select the new Seven Wonders of World Heritage Sites. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes cre
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes cre
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes created by the drying of the Dead Sea, near Kibbutz Ein Gedi, on November 10, 2011. The Dead Sea is one of the sites candidate of other 28 sits in a international online campaign votes to select the new Seven Wonders of World Heritage Sites. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes cre
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes cre
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes created by the drying of the Dead Sea, near Kibbutz Ein Gedi, on November 10, 2011. The Dead Sea is one of the sites candidate of other 28 sits in a international online campaign votes to select the new Seven Wonders of World Heritage Sites. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes cre
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes cre
An aerial view photo shows sinkholes created by the drying of the Dead Sea, near Kibbutz Ein Gedi, on November 10, 2011. The Dead Sea is one of the sites candidate of other 28 sits in a international online campaign votes to select the new Seven Wonders of World Heritage Sites. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOTS-CHINA-ACCIDENT-SINKHOLE
TOPSHOTS-CHINA-ACCIDENT-SINKHOLE
This picture taken on January 28, 2013 shows workers using machinery to fill in a sinkhole that buildings collapsed into near a subway construction site in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province. The hole measured about 1,000 square feet across and was around 30 feet deep, but no one was killed, according to a state media report. TOPSHOTS CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
CHINA-ACCIDENT-SINKHOLE
CHINA-ACCIDENT-SINKHOLE
This picture taken on March 27, 2013 shows a sinkhole in a construction site in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province. The sinkhole causing the death of a guard might have been caused by heavy rains and the collapsing of old water pipes running beneath the surface, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Sinkhole Swallows Three Cars On South Side Of Chicago
Sinkhole Swallows Three Cars On South Side Of Chicago
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 18: Workers prepare to pull a truck from a sinkhole that opened up on a residential street in the South Deering neighborhood on April 18, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The driver of the truck was hospitalized after driving into the 15-feet-deep hole while on his way to work. Two other vehicles were also swallowed by the sinkhole. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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