Sinkholes around the world appear in the ground (even in cemeteries) and cause buildings to collapse and roads to disappear. Discover a photo compilation of recent sinkholes and of the biggest and most amazing potholes from around the world. OMG!
1. Sinkhole that opened up in the driveway of a house in Walter’s Ash, Buckinghamshire. Picture: Reuters
2. In May 2010, a huge, almost perfectly circular, sinkhole measuring 66 feet (20 m) wide and 100 feet (30 m) deep suddenly opened up, swallowing a three-storey building and a house in Guatemala City. Authorities blamed heavy rains caused by tropical storm Agatha. Picture: Guatemala’s Presidency, Luis Echeverria/AP
3. A National Corvette Museum handout photo shows the 40-foot sinkhole that opened up under the museum floor, swallowing eight Corvettes, including the historic 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
4. In December 2001, a house in Waihi, New Zealand, collapsed into a huge hole measuring 50 metres wide and 15 metres deep. A family of five, including three young children, escaped serious injury despite their home crashing into a chasm created by an old mine shaft collapsing in the middle of the night.
Picture: Dean Purcell/AP
5. An aerial photo shows a massive crater that appeared in a residential street in Schmalkalden, Germany, in November 2010 Picture: Jens Meyer/AP
6. A man looks at a house that started leaning after a tunnel collapse in the Russian Black sea resort of Sochi in March 2013. The house, unnocupied at the time, began leaning after a tunnel on a nearby road construction project collapsed. Picture: REUTERS/Nina Zotina
7. In August 2009, a road in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, suddenly sank, causing one taxi and three motobikes to fall into the hole. Picture: Top Photo Group / Rex Features
8. In January 2007, a huge crater opened at the construction site of the Pinheiros subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Officials said a passenger minivan had fallen to the bottom of a 40-metre (130-foot)-deep pit dug to facilitate delivery of supplies for workers, and 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 on them. Picture: MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images
9. Rescuers look for survivors after a building collapsed into a large hole in Guangzhou, China, in January 2013. The demolition was caused by the construction of a metro line and left a nine-metre deep hole in the ground. Picture: China Foto Press/Barcroft Media
10. In September 2009, four firefighters escaped injury when their fire engine sunk into a large hole caused by a burst water main in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Picture: Nick Ut/AP
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