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sinkhole

a depression in the ground in which water collects and disappears below the surface, e.g. in limestone areas where a cave roof has collapsed.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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A gas leak has also been reported in the area after a smell began circulating the air and staff from Cadent Gas have been taking readings from the sinkhole to determine the cause of the leak.
Durham County Council have closed the A689 at Wearhead in Upper Weardale in the interests of safety after a sinkhole opened up on Friday.
The owner of the Valvoline Instant Oil Change shop says most of its customers had to drive a mile-and-a-half out of the way to get their cars serviced because of the sinkhole that blocked access in January 2015.
MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said that the MMDA immediately contacted the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday night about the sinkhole.
A sinkhole was a large opening that occurred suddenly in the ground, and can be caused by erosion underneath the ground's surface, which was mostly due to poor drainage of water.
HERE are the dramatic images of two more sinkholes caused by the collapse of a mine as details emerge of a 120m danger zone.
The 30-year-old said his mum, who works in the castle, had left the car in the car park in the morning and that not long before she was due to finish work at around 4pm she found out about the sinkhole.
Mr Davies, from Coelbren inPowys, said the manager attached a rope to his truck and to the car to stop it from going any further as, below the car, the sinkhole was 18 to 20 feet in the deepest part.
A COUPLE whose home was demolished after a sinkhole appeared in their garden have been awarded PS220,000 in compensation.
WHAT happened near the General Post Office in Lahore is in engineering terminology called sinkhole. This is usually caused by human activities.