SINKHOLES GALORE PT-17 AUGUST 2012
The amount of sinkholes are not only increasing but it should be a signal that the earth is moaning, groaning for a time is coming when prophecy will be revealed through HIS creations.
- August 1, 2012 -
A passer-by fell into a sinkhole which opened up on the pavement in Baiyun Lu, Xicheng district in Beijing, China. He was rescued and sent to hospital. In April, a women in Beijing fell into a pit of hot water when the sidewalk she was walking on suddenly collapsed. The victim died later after suffered severe burns over 99% of her body.
- Aug 1, 2012 - Airline Road in Anderson County in South Carolina was closed because of a 12-inch wide, 5 foot deep hole on the bridge.
Aug 1, 2012 - A large sinkhole opened up in the middle of N. Chapel Avenue in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The hole developed overnight after a water main ruptured. [link]
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- Aug 2, 2012 – A sinkhole opened up on Monroe between 8th Street and Virginia Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia.
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A small leak on the bank of the Erie Canal in Orleans County in Albion, New York, turned into a massive 30-foot wide, 16-foot deep sinkhole right in the middle of the road.
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A sinkhole in Jingwen Jie,Chaoyang district.Photo:Zhang Hui/GT –Beijing had at least 18 road collapses in the last 10 days of July, the government admitted Thursday.
- Aug 2, 2012- A giant sinkhole opened up around 6pm Wednesday on a street in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, almost swallowing a parked car.
- Aug 2, 2012-The 20-foot-deep by 20-foot-wide hole formed after a water line broke beneath the street.
- Aug 3, 2012 - A 12-foot-wide sinkhole appeared Thursday night in a Lopatcong Township townhouse complex in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. Four sheets of plywood cover the sinkhole, which are stabilized by piles of dirt.
- Aug 3, 2012 - A large sinkhole near a local elementary school that is raising some safety concerns at Flat Rock Lane and Balsam Gap Road in East Texas. It’s about a block away from Jack Elementary.
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- Aug 4 2012 - A widening sinkhole on Washington Avenue in Kingston, New York, is being blamed for the breach of a sewer pipe and damage to a water pipe. The breach in the pipe — which is beneath a 100-year-old tunnel that is leaking, causing the sinkhole — occurred on July 24.
- Aug 5 2012 - The Highways Department of Thailand is using ground-penetrating radar to survey Bangkok roads hit by last year’s flooding to check for sinkholes after another one appeared on Chaeng Watthana Road.
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- Aug 6, 2012 – A Butte resident in Montana is concerned about an expanding sinkhole in her backyard.
- Aug 6, 2012 - A break in a water main caused a sinkhole in a neighborhood near Church and Clovis Avenues in Fresno, California.
- August 7, 2012- Springfield, Missouri
The hole in front of Brett Craft’s house keeps getting bigger.
A sinkhole was found at about noon Monday in the road in front of his home on Farm Road 105 near the Springfield-Branson National Airport. Originally, it was about six feet deep, Craft said. Road repair crews arrived at about 1 p.m. Monday.
Tuesday morning, Greene County Highway Department crews were digging out the sinkhole, trying to get to the bottom of the hole that developed at the end of the dead-end residential street.
Workers are trying to find solid rock, Ritchie Keller, the crew leader on site, said. Once the loose clay has been removed, workers will be able to begin filling in the hole rock, which is more stable, Keller said.
Crews had not yet reached the bottom as of mid-morning, Keller said, as workers peered over the edge. He estimated the depth at about 20-24 feet and 10-12 feet across.
“They’re pretty common. Greene County has a lot of sinkholes in it,” Keller said.
The Highway Department responds to about half a dozen a year, Keller said. He said the current hole was becoming one of the bigger ones they see.
Aug 6 2012 - Crews are at the scene of a water main break at South Tamiami Trail and Coconut Road in Bonita Springs, Florida. The break, which occurred around 3 p.m. Sunday, cause a 15 by 20 foot hole in the road on South Tamiami Trail.
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- Aug 8, 2012 - Part of Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington, West Virginia, has been closed until further notice after road crews discovered a sink hole.
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- Aug 11, 2012 - A large sinkhole closed a small road in Wadesboro near Highway 74 and Highway 52 Friday. One person described the sinkhole as so big you can put a car in it. Three buildings in the area had to close, including a homeless shelter.
- Aug 12, 2012 - A sinkhole opened up on a private property in Upper Nazareth Township in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.
- Aug 12, 2012 - The heavy rainstorms on Friday evening and early Saturday morning created a sinkhole on a sidewalk on Loudon Road in Concord, New Hampshire.
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- August 11, 2012-Denver, Colorado
A sinkhole has closed lanes to north- and southbound traffic on Colorado 67 north of Cripple Creek as crews work to determine its severity.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, crews closed the area between mile markers 53 and 56 around 10:30 a.m. Saturday and are diverting traffic to local county roads. Drivers also are encouraged to use a detour in place at Teller County Road 82.
The hole originally was called in at 2 feet wide, but, according to a report by The (Colorado Springs) Gazette, when crews arrived it had grown to about 5 feet wide and 20 feet deep.
CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman told The Gazette the hole was over a mine shaft. In similar cases, mine shafts are typically filled with concrete.
- August 13, 2012- Baton Rouge, Louisiana- VIDEO -
A 400-foot deep sinkhole in Louisiana is expanding and today swallowed the boat of two cleanup workers who had to be rescued from the hole. Officials are still fearful of the possibility of explosions from nearby gas-filled caverns.
Friday 17th August update:
NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (AP) — Texas Brine Co., the company that owns the brine cavern believed to be responsible for a growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish, said Thursday it will begin compensating families in the evacuation zone.
Sonny Cranch, spokesman for the Houston-based company, said beginning Friday an assistance fund will provide a weekly housing check of $875 to each family affected by the slurry area near Bayou Corne.
Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for the parish Aug. 3 when the sinkhole rapidly grew, swallowing up trees and liquefying an acre of swampland into muck. At least 150 homes and several businesses were forced to evacuate
As experts predicted, the sinkhole grew by 50 feet Thursday morning as the surrounding environment sloughs into it. Two cleanup workers in a boat near the site almost fell in and had to be rescued by airboat. Their boat, which was tied to a tree, was eventually swallowed by the muck.
There were no injuries reported and cleanup operations have been suspended.
Officials said the sinkhole might be related to structural problems within a brine cavern drilled into the Napoleonville salt dome.
Texas Brine began shipping in equipment for a relief well Wednesday.
“It has expanded 50 feet and during that expansion there were workers that were working on the cleanup of the diesel,” Kim Torres, spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Preparedness, told ABCNews.com today.
The two workers were in a boat tied to a tree when the area where the tree grew fell into the sinkhole.
The workers were rescued by airboat. They were uninjured but their boat disappeared into the sinkhole. The cleanup process has been halted.
The gaping hole measures about 526 feet from northeast to southwest and 640 feet from northwest to southeast. It is in Assumption Parish, La., about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge.
The sinkhole sits in the middle of a heavily wooded space where it has consumed all of the soaring cypress trees that had been there. Flyover photos show some of the treetops still visible through the mud.
Authorities enacted a mandatory evacuation for residents of about 150 homes in the area. Last week, Torres said that most residents chose to stay in their homes. But as of today, 60 percent of those homes have been evacuated even though the mandatory evacuation order was not escalated to a forced evacuation, when authorities remove residents.
“I think everyone realized it was serious even though they felt it was contained [before],” Torres said. “When you put human lives in…it just becomes more serious and maybe people are heeding the warning a little bit more.”
While officials are not certain what caused the massive sinkhole, they believe it may be have been related to a nearby salt cavern owned by the Texas Brine Company.
After being used for nearly 30 years, the cavern was plugged in 2011 and officials believe the integrity of the cavern may have somehow been compromised, leading to the sinkhole.
Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources required that Texas Brine drill a well to investigate the salt cavern as soon as possible, obtain samples from the cavern and provide daily reports on the findings.
The sinkhole is on the outside edge of the salt dome where this particular brine well is located.
“There are some indications that it very well may have been connected, but there’s just indications,” Texas Brine Company spokesman Sonny Cranch told ABCNews.com. “There’s nothing concrete that has connected the sinkhole to the cavern.”
The exploratory rig is being assembled but parts of it are still being shipped. It could take 40 days for the actual drilling to begin, even with an expedited process, Torres said.
In the meantime, officials and residents are left to worry about the possibility of an explosion.
All of the neighboring natural gas pipelines that were of concern last week have been depressurized and emptied, but the nearby caverns are still causing concern.
One cavern that contains 940,000 gallons of butane is of particular concern, Torres said. It’s about 2,000 feet from the sinkhole.
Authorities are concerned about the massive explosion that could result from the butane’s release to the surface if the sinkhole were to expand far enough to reach it.
There was bubbling in the water and the sinkhole is near areas where there has been exploration for oil and gas in the past. This would make the presence of low levels of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) possible.
The state’s Department of Environmental Quality said water samples from the sinkhole showed oil and diesel fuel on its surface, but readings have not detected any dangerous levels of radiation.
“It’s not going to get fixed tomorrow,” Torres said. “We urge the residents to leave to protect themselves. We have no idea how far this sinkhole will expand or in what direction. We have no clue.”
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources said Monday it has approved a drilling permit for a relief well in Assumption Parish, hoping the new well will shed some light on the source of a massive sinkhole that has transformed 300 feet of swamp into muck.
DNR Secretary Stephen Chustz said Houston-based Texas Brine Co. will drill into an abandoned brine cavern that the company owns in the Napoleonville salt dome in an effort to determine possible structural instability, pressures, or natural gas inside.
The company is still responsible for regular reports on the progress of drilling and the methods it will use to determine the status of the cavern when they reach it, Chustz said.
“We will hold them to that requirement and ensure that we maintain transparency in these operations for the public throughout,” Chustz said in a statement.
Scientists believe the cavern may be the cause of the sinkhole, which swallowed up an acre of bald cypress trees 10 days ago and has since grown into a slurry area 372 feet wide and 422 feet deep.
Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch said company officials are in the process of preparing the site for a drilling rig and that components could be arriving as early as Wednesday.
“We are not going to bring a drilling rig in close proximity to the edge of the sinkhole…What we intend to do is set up several hundred feet away and drill directionally into the roof of the cavern. We’re aware of the risks,” Mark Cartwright, president of United Brine Services, a subsidiary of Texas Brine Co., said Friday at a press conference in Gonzales.
Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, said the process is finally moving in the right direction. He said it’s time the state considers legislation to get full disclosure to people on whether there are pipelines, abandoned wells or salt caverns beneath their homes.
“I dare say 99 percent of people who are living above a system like this have no idea what they’re living above. We have to be more transparent about what’s underground,” Harrison said.
Conservation Commissioner Jim Welsh ordered the company to drill the well Thursday. Texas Brine has also been directed to set up a relief fund for residents of 150 homes who were forced to evacuate after Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency in Assumption Parish.
Officials say the original permit that the company filed for the brine cavern requires that it assist residents in the event that a sinkhole is discovered on company-owned property. Texas Brine has agreed to make a “significant contribution” to a fund, but details on how the fund will be managed and distributed have not been figure out yet, Cranch said.
“We’re collaborating with the parish president and DNR and others to figure out the best way to manage funds. The process now is just to figure out how to set up the fund and what procedure will be used to assist these residents who are in the evacuation zone,” Cranch said.
Bayou Corne resident Vickie Guilbeaux said that a relief fund isn’t going to be enough for most people. Guilbeaux evacuated her home and has been staying in property she owns in Port Allen. Even if everything goes according to plan with the relief well, she said, she’d be too afraid to return.
“I will be scared every night and every day if I go back to my home. I don’t feel safe at all anymore,” she said.
She believes the relief fund won’t be enough for many of the residents who have decided not to evacuate.
John Boudreaux, director of the parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, estimates that around 350 people, or half of those who were required to evacuate, have actually vacated their homes.
“We’ve worked all our lives, working hard, to put our dream homes together that we wanted to have when we retired. Then our dreams are going down like the hole in the swamp,” Guilbeaux said.
NEW ORLEANS (CN) – An enormous, foul-smelling, possibly radioactive sinkhole swallowed an acre of cypress trees and forced 150 home evacuations, Louisianans say in a class action against the Texas Brine Co.
“On Friday, August 3, 2012, a sinkhole, 422 feet deep and 372 feet wide emerged releasing a foul diesel odor and created salt-water slurry, which contains diesel fuel,” the federal class action begins.
Lead plaintiff Lisa LeBlanc and the class live in Assumption Parish, about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge. According to the federal complaint, a salt cavern failed, which Texas Brine Co. was using to store radioactive material, a byproduct of the drilling industry.
The class claims that Texas Brine knew the cavern walls were liable to breach as early as January 2011, but failed to warn the public.
“The public was not warned in January 2011 or any time thereafter or prior of the potential danger resulting from the failure of this cavern and the general public had no knowledge of the storage of the radioactive material in the cavern,” the complaint states.
The class claims Texas Brine “used the cavern as a deposit area for naturally occurring radioactive material arising from drilling into two defendant-owned salt caverns … “
“In early September 2010, defendant began reworking the cavern well, milling a section of salt higher than the existing cavern roof, at 3,400 feet deep, to see if the upper strata could be mined. This area extends for about 100 feet through the well casing above the cavern roof.
“On January 21, 2011, Mark J. Cartwright, President of Texas Brine Co. Saltville informed the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR), via letter, about a failed integrity test of the cavern and suspicion that the cavern may have breached the Napoleonville Dome’s outer wall. These problems with the cavern led to the cavern being plugged in June 2011. The area milled in September 2010 may be the source of the salt dome breach.
“LDNR records show that Defendant had been examining the cavern’s wall at
least since June 2010.”
The class claims Assumption Parish officials ordered the area evacuated on Friday, Aug. 3, the day the sinkhole opened.
On Saturday, Aug. 11, Texas Brine agreed to make a “significant contribution” to a fund set up to help residents evacuate, according to The Associated Press.
A U.S. Department of Energy document on storage of naturally occurring radioactive material in salt caverns states that oil field wastes – but not other industrial wastes – are exempted from the hazardous waste requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
According to that document, “Disposal of NORM [naturally occurring radioactive material]-Contaminated Oil Field Wastes in Salt Caverns”: “On July 6, 1988, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a regulatory determination that exempted any wastes arising from the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and geothermal energy from regulation as hazardous wastes under RCRA Subtitle C (53 FR 25477). … Given the federal exemption from RCRA for oil field wastes, the waste management requirements faced by most operators will be state requirements.”
The document, which was released in 1998, states that Louisiana law prohibited storage of naturally occurring radioactive waste in salt caverns, and that the law would have to be amended before storage would be possible.
The class seeks compensatory, statutory and punitive damages, medical monitoring and costs. Their lead counsel is Daniel Becnel Jr., of Reserve, La.
UPDATE: FORCED EVACUATIONS!
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- August 15, 2012-WALES
- August 16, 2012
Man Dies After Huge Hole Opens
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August 16, 2012- Harbin in Heilongjiang Province, China
Two people were killed and a baby girl was rescued from a gaping sinkhole on Tuesday after an urban road suddenly collapsed in China’s northeast.
According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua News, a section of a road in the city of Harbin in Heilongjiang province caved in without warning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Chinese website Stockstar.com reports that four people fell into the sinkhole, which was about 33 feet (10 meters) deep. One of them was a 14-month-old baby girl who was seen in the arms of her aunt just moments before the collapse, Stockstar writes.
Rescue workers soon arrived at the scene and used a drainpipe to enter the hole. They told Chinese news agency Shangdu News that because a network of pipes and cables was affected by the collapse, the rescue was fraught with difficulty.
However, after several hours, rescuers were able to pull the baby girl and another person to safety. Incredibly, NTD-TV reports that the child suffered only “minor scratches.”
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- August 16, 2012- Kingston, New York
Washington Avenue sinkholes disrupt everyday life for residents
As crews assess the three Washington Avenue sinkholes ahead of repair Thursday, water was shut off for several hours to houses and businesses. As YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt tells us, the issue is really affecting the quality of life for homeowners.
“Certainly a big inconvenience,” said Washington Avenue resident Dr. Cy Gruberg.
And Cy Gruberg says having his water shut off to his Washington Avenue home has not only caused inconvenience, but has affected his everyday life as well.
“Brushing your teeth, showering, etc.,” said Gruberg.
And it’s not the first time it’s happened.
“This is the second time or perhaps the third that we’ve been notified that water would be off from 8 a.m. to noon,” said Gruberg.
The city’s water department says shutting off the water was necessary so that crews could assess the sinkholes.
“We’re going to insert our sewer camera down into the shaft so that we can take a look to see what the current conditions are,” said City of Kingston Engineer Ralph Swenson.
That information will help crews develop a Health and Safety Plan ahead of the $1.6 million repair. It’s a project that has residents extremely concerned.
“The residents are very concerned about the possibility of having to evacuate their homes,” said Gruberg.
But Mayor Shayne Gallo says the city’s doing everything they can to avoid that.
“There’s been no discussion of condemning any property, there’s been no discussion at this point of evacuation,” said City of Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.
But residents say they are still fed up with the mess, the road blocks, the detours and having their water shutoff.
Crews say the water department will be putting in a temporary service line for residents next week, so they will no longer have to go without water. But as far as the sinkhole repairs go, it’s unknown how long the operation will take.
“The whole contractor process, it takes time, signing contracts, getting insurance and the Health and Safety Plan,” said Swenson.
“I do know some of my neighbors and they’re not happy campers,” said Gruberg.
- August 16, 2012- Cleveland, Ohio
An SUV fell into a sinkhole Thursday morning on the city’s east side.
According to Cleveland Water Department’s John Goersmeyer, there is a water main break in the area that caused the sinkhole.
Water department crews and Cleveland police were called out to East 65th and Fleet Avenue to remove the vehicle.
The water department said the hole is eight-feet wide by 12-feet deep. Right now crews are digging to make the hole deeper to get to the water main pipe.
Cleveland water said it is an eight-inch water main that broke.
Six homes and four businesses are without water as a result of the main break.
East 65th Street between Fleet and Sebert is expected to be closed for the next three or four hours.
There were no injuries reported.
- Aug 16, 2012 - A sinkhole along Route 206 shut down parts of the highway in the Branchville-Frankford area in New Jersey and required immediate attention from the state Department of Transportation.
- August 16, 2012- DEAD SEA SINKHOLES
- Aug 16, 2012 - A large sinkhole near Gordon Highway and Skyview Drive closes Lanes in Augusta, Georgia.
- Aug 16, 2012 - Following a bout of intense rain Wednesday morning, a sinkhole opened up on Taunton, Massachusetts. Public safety officials, who estimate the sinkhole is approximately 7 feet across and 8 feet deep, closed Washington Street between the Court Street and Pleasant Street intersections.
- August 17, 2012- Brooksville, Florida—-THIS PLACE GOT HIT IN JUNE AS WELL!
Flood waters from Tropical Storm Debby forced an elderly Central Florida man from his home. Now, three sinkholes have swallowed his front yard and are just feet from his house.
Back in June, two good Samaritans, Josh Sanchez and Luis Santana, saved the homeowner, 84 year-old Troy Fielder from the high water. Now, three giant sinkholes are in his front yard. One swallowed an oak tree.
Harold Borza works at the golf course across the street. Borza said, “I been down in Florida since ’77 and I never seen this much rain at one point in time. I feel sorry for the guy. I mean what can you do? It’s Mother Nature. You can’t do nothing about it. Can’t stop the rain.”
Jay Silver with Helicon Foundation Repair, in Tampa, says across the country, you’ll find one of the highest concentrations of sinkholes here in Florida and summertime is the peak season for the depressions.
He says there are common signs you can look for. “Depressions in the ground or anything opening. That could cause the solid to become unstable, where it could cause the house for you to have some stair step cracking or movement. Windows or doors could be hard to bind.”
Fire officials tell us dealing with the sinkholes in Fielder’s yard is ultimately his responsibility, unless they encroach on county property. The Red Cross, who temporarily put Fielder in a hotel, says he’s since moved out of the region.
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- August 18, 2012- Johnson City, Tennessee
A Sinkhole was found early Saturday approximately 30 feet from Love Chapel Elementary School, according to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley.
- August 20, 2012-Hanoi, Vietnam
The hole can continue expanding.
According to Nam Cuong Group, the investor of Le Van Luong Road, said that the road was broken because of the construction of the foundation of the USilk City building, which is located close to the road.
An official from the Hanoi Department of Traffic also said that the construction of this work was the major reason, plus the downpour on August 18-19.
However, Tran Viet Son, General Director of Song Da Thang Long, the investor of USilk City, said that the fence to protect the foundation hole of USilk City are still fixed. Water erection from the road surface proved that te pressure that caused the hole did not come from the foundation hole of the USilk City project.
Son claimed downpours in recent days caused high pressure on the drainage system and it is highly possible that the pipe was broken and this was the reason causing the sinkhole.
The Hanoi Department of Transport said it would set up two working groups to find out the reasons that caused the sinkhole on Le Van Luong road and to quickly deal with the hole.
Chief inspector of the Hanoi Department of Transport, Nguyen Hoang Giap, said that it would take at least two weeks to fix the hole.
- Aug 20, 2012 - An electrical truck was stuck in a 6 foot deep sinkhole for most of the day near Corpus Christi International Airport in Texas.
- August 21, 2012-China
China’s northeastern city of Harbin has suffered a sudden appearance of sinkholes this month, triggering a feverish discussion on Chinese social media sites about their cause and what they mean.
- Aug 21, 2012-Around seven sinkholes appeared in the city between Aug. 8 and 17, killing two and injuring two more, Chinese Internet news portal Sina reported. Two cars also fell into sinkholes that opened up in the middle of two roads.
- Aug 21, 2012 - A 20-meter-wide sinkhole emerged in Hanoi, Vietnam.
- Aug 21, 2012 - A sinkhole forces a family to evacuate in Lake Mary, Florida. It’s about 7 feet wide and 4 feet deep, and it runs under the house.
- Aug 21, 2012 - A small sinkhole opened up in Haile Plantation in Gainsville, Florida, leaving a Jeep Wrangler teetering partially inside of it.
- Aug 22, 2012 - A 15 to 18-foot deep sinkhole appeared on the Verona High School football field in Essex County, New Jersey.
- Aug 23, 2012 - Shanghai, China
- Aug 23, 2012 - Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China.
- Aug 23, 2012 - Workers repair a sinkhole caused by a water-main break on McCoy Road in Upper Arlington, Columbus, Ohio.
- Aug 25, 2012 - Major flooding in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, caused a giant sinkhole to form on Franklin Street near 2nd Street.
- Aug 26, 2012 - Thunderstorms dumped up to five to six inches of rain in Baltimore, Maryland, making it one of the wettest days of 2012 and reopened sinkhole on East Monument Street.
- August 27, 2012-North Jakarta
Even though it had just been opened this year, the condition of Muara Angke Port office, Kaliadem, Pluit, Penjaringan, North Jakarta, is very heartbreaking. Some of the walls have cracked. The floor caved. Some of the passengers are really worried of such condition, because the building may collapsed.
Beritajakarta.com observed, Monday (8/27), when we were about to come in, right above the entrance gate there are cracks on the wall for as long as 2 meters from left to right. Similar condition can be found near the southern toilet door.
Near the northern toilet there are 3 meters long crack from above to below. On the second floor inside the port staff room, there are 2 meters long crack on the walls. The first floor is a lobby that is being used as a waiting room for passengers.
Meanwhile, right in front of the western main entrance made from 1.5 meters of glass, the floorings caved in for as deep as 5 until 10 centimeters as long as 1 meter and as wide as 30 centimeters. Aside from that, on the lobby right behind the western main entrance there are caved in floorings for 2×2 meters. On the other parts of the lobby there are 3 spots where the floorings caved in for 3×3 meters.
Ari (25), a Depok resident who had just spent his holiday on Pramuka Island, said the condition of the building is a cause for worry to him because he is afraid it might collapsed and causing casualties. “I am afraid if one time there are a lot of passengers here and the building collapsed suddenly,” expressed Ari, Monday (8/27).
Head of Jakarta Government Transportation Department, Udar Pristono commented, the caved in condition of the flooring and the cracked walls were caused by abrasion. “Such condition was caused by the land which suffered from abrasion. We have taken steps to prevent it, as it turns out the abrasion happened anyway. I will check on that and it will be fixed soon,” he promised.
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- Aug 29, 2012 - A sinkhole that opened up on Center Road in Burton, Michigan.
- August 29, 2012-San Francisco, CA. -
- Aug 29, 2012 - A woman in Augusta, Georgia, says there is a sinkhole in her front yard, and it continues to grow deeper every time it rains.
- Aug 29, 2012 - A sinkhole in Pasco County, Florida, forces out some homeowners and leaves others worried there could be more damage. It started Tuesday right in front of an end unit in the Tall Pines subdivision in New Port Richey.
- Aug 29, 2012 - Flooding in Visitacion Valley in San Francisco, California, created a sinkhole and forcing evacuation of a school, a church and 14 homes.
- Aug 29, 2012
TEGUCIGALPA. – Slowly, with her apron tied around his waist and a bowl in hand which brings food for dinner, Mariana Barahona, 79, leaves behind his back what was once his home, in a sector New Santa Rosa, south of the capital.
“I hate to see that unfortunately because I get depressed,” says Dona Mariana observing the landslide that the September 16, 2010 he buried his wooden house, where he had over 40 years of living.
The humble woman, who still lives in that neighborhood, said that during the winter of that year began the ordeal for her and other of its neighbors, then it appeared watersheds in housing.
Within days the walls of the houses began to collapse, the land was sinking and the street gradually disappeared. “I do not want to leave because I had no where to go.”
As winter raged the houses of their neighbors, who were of material had already succumbed land subsidence.
“A September 16 at midnight I went out, because I would be terrified if he had not died there,” he lamented.
Since then the lady was from the hand of God and managed to get a room where some neighbors, but a few months ago and now had to quit paying your children a room that costs 1.100 lempiras in the same area.
“This happened to me comidita gives people the church and I get on the other side, but we are experiencing a critical situation, many houses are in danger and streams of the top continue to fall,” he said.
Mrs. remembró who in 1973 decided to buy a land in that area because I wanted to have a place to rest in his old age and also the creek was fleeing the romaine, and he rented in a neighborhood of Los Jucos sector, but rather remained in the street .
Since before 2010 the danger began to stalk in place as a result of a fault in the colonies spread Guillén, Suazo Cordova and Nueva Santa Rosa, making each time it rains dozens of families left in the street.
In the lower part of the colony was observed promontories of land that have covered gites and amid streams are filtered becoming more vulnerable the area where thousands of people.
Some houses are inhabited serve as retaining walls, but are suddenly invaded by quantities of mud and huge stones fall off the higher ground.
Where there were homes today are just collapses.
The owners of the houses that are still standing were concerned by the damage and fear run with the same fate, because they do not look requesting that the authorities solve the problem.
“With the storms that have been falling in the corner of my house several cracks have appeared,” said Jesus Fermin Matamoros resident who lives on par with where they have destroyed most of the houses.
“We do not look that the authorities would do something every day that land is run down, like a pie that is thawing ice and nobody does anything, I’m afraid to stay on the street,” he said in a tone of concern.
August 24, 2012-Mt. Elgon
About 12,000 people staying in the Bududa section of Mt. Elgon will be relocated to camps before being moved permanently into urban centres ahead of a heavy downpour expected next month, the multi-ministerial team has said.
The team comprises of the Ministry of Works, Lands, Internal Affairs, Trade and Industry, Local Government and officials from the Prime Minister’s office.
Led by Mr Vincent Woboya, a coordinator in the Office of the Prime Minister, the officials conducted a week-long mapping exercise of areas prone to mudslides and have registered more than 12,000 people for immediate relocation from the hilly areas.
“We have so far registered 12,321 people from Bududa hilly areas prone to mudslides and these are going to be relocated immediately to avoid mudslide incidents such as those in Nametsi and Bumwalukani, where many lives were lost,” Mr Woboya said on Wednesday.
However, about 400,000 residents at risk of mudslides have remained adamant, arguing that the cracks seen by Uganda Wildlife Authority are merely a scapegoat for them to be evicted from their cradle land.
The Prime Minister’s office that has already carried out an assessment to ascertain the risk on Mt. Elgon and the surrounding ridges in the mountainous areas, including the 40 kilometre crack across the mountain, however, insists that the people have to be moved.
“We may not see the weakening of the soil in the area but the 40 kilometre crack speaks volumes about an impending mudslide and there is no other option left but to have people in the landslide risk areas relocated since it is likely that there will be muslides every rainy season,” Dr Stephen Mallinga, the Disaster minister, said.
National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA) and Uganda Wildlife Authority also warned that small mud flows seen on the mountain, with many water openings, is an indication that the rocks are under tension and that some small cracks formed due to bad farming practices, foot paths as well as road construction on the slopes, make the area prone to mudslides.
Dr Goretti Kitutu, the environment systems specialist at NEMA, said because of the ever increasing population, people have encroached on the forest cover on the mountain for settlement and economic activities, loosening the soils.
“Nobody can control mudslides traditionally or using ash, people must move away for safety because the entire mountain is a risky place,” Dr Kitutu said.