GenSan Sinking City: A Mysterious Underwater Sinkhole Is Swallowing Shores And Homes In General Santos City

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The mysterious underwater sinkhole of GenSan keeps growing each year swallowing shores and approaching dangerously habitations.

If the hole keeps growing bigger, it could affect more than 1,000 families living in the area.

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The quay faces threat of disappearance if the underwater hole continues to eat into the shores. Aerial photo by Ronald Velasquez

Residents of General Santos City, Philippines, who have resisted relocation for more than 30 years now are left with no other choice but to leave the shores where many of them practically lived all their lives.

Shores, quays and first houses are being eaten and gobbled by a giant mysterious underwater sinkhole that is still growing up!

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Homes on stilts are on the rim of the sinkhole. Photo by Edwin Espejo

Disaster officials are still puzzled why a deep hole – or a suspected sinkhole as the local TV stations here are reporting – has suddenly appeared. The city disaster risk reduction and management council (CDRRMC) said it cannot yet determine what caused the hole.

This video shows the sinkhole bubbling… Really weird:

The hole appears to be a collapsed wall that extended more than 100 meters to the sea. It is now deep blue from above and is distinctively different from the adjoining shores whose bed of sand and silt is unmistakenly black.

Again these weird bubbles at the surface of the water just above the sinkhole that is dangerously approaching houses:

Officials have already ordered families living in the area to seek temporary shelter in nearby Ireneo Santigao High School. 3 hectares of land have been set aside in Mabuhay for those who are already ordered out of the area. Each will get 75 square meters.

Last Wednesday, the giant hole has even swallowed a fish aggregating device deployed some 50 meters away from the shore.

And what are these weird bubbles emerging from the bottom? Could it be methane or another gas?

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