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  • Sinkhole causes 980 million litres of radioactive water to leak into Florida aquifer

    09/16/2016 6:52:26 PM PDT · by Rabin · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 SEPTEMBER 2016 | Chris Graham
    A sinkhole has opened up at a fertilizer plant in the US, causing about 260 million US gal of radioactive water to contaminate a part of Florida's main sources of drinking water. The sinkhole, which is about 15. yd in diameter, collapsed beneath a pile of waste material called a “gypsum stack”. Sitting on top of that stack was a storage pond containing phosphogypsum, which is a radioactive byproduct resulting from the production of phosphate.
  • Nearly 4 years later, Assumption sinkhole more stable

    06/14/2016 2:13:10 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) — A massive sinkhole that went viral in 2013 swallowing trees in Assumption Parish and forcing more than 300 residents from their homes has quieted down as officials slowly allow residents to come home. The sinkhole, located in Bayou Corne about 30 miles northwest of Thibodaux, is still growing. Assumption Parish Government officials say it has grown between 1 1/2 and 2 feet since last year, now up to about 35 acres.
  • Prehistoric animal remains discovered in U.S.

    08/09/2014 12:18:58 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    abc 25 wpbf ^ | 8-9-2014 | By Jareen Imam
    The cave is cool and damp -- prefect for preserving prehistoric remains, Meachen says. "It's like a refrigerator in there, and probably has been for 20,000 years," she said. "Some of the bones we're finding there have collagen in them. That is where you could get the ancient DNA." The scientists saw bones falling out of a part of the cave, and decided to start digging there. "That was the fossil layer," she said. "There is so much to dig. We have two more years for funding that we can be out there, so we are going to try to...
  • Wyoming cave dig unearths bones of ancient horses, cheetahs and bison

    08/09/2014 2:33:26 AM PDT · by blueplum · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 8, 2014 5:23pm EDT | LAURA ZUCKERMAN
    (Reuters) - Scientists excavating an ancient Wyoming sinkhole containing a rare trove of fossils of Ice Age mammals have unearthed hundreds of bones of such prehistoric animals as American cheetahs, a paleontologist said on Friday. The two-week dig by an international team of researchers led by Des Moines University paleontologist Julie Meachen marked the first exploration of Natural Trap Cave at the base of the Bighorn Mountains in north-central Wyoming since its initial discovery in the 1970s. Meachen said the extensive excavation that began late last month uncovered roughly 200 large bones of animals like horses that roamed North America...
  • West US cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

    07/27/2014 1:48:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | July 24, 2014 | unattributed
    For the first time in three decades, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave. Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming is 85 feet (25 meters) deep and almost impossible to see until you're standing right next to it. Over tens of thousands of years, many, many animals—including now-extinct mammoths, short-faced bears, American lions and American cheetahs—shared the misfortune of not noticing the 15-foot-wide (4 meters) opening until they were plunging to their deaths. Now, the U.S. Bureau...
  • Sinkhole forms in pond, devours 25 tons of fish

    04/04/2016 8:36:05 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 43 replies
    Earth matters ^ | BRYAN NELSON
    The sinkhole downed the entire pond in less than five hours. Even more jarring, the water was stock full of fish, all of which got sucked into the underworld by the insatiable hole, reports The Earth was not only thirsty, but hungry as well.
  • Sunrail Finishes First Year $27.2 Million In The Red

    05/12/2015 5:41:16 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 41 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 10, 2015 | Dan Tracy
    The SunRail commuter train finished its first year of operation $27.2 million in the red, bringing in $7.2 million while spending $34.4 million. The shortfall was covered by taxpayers through the state Department of Transportation, which oversees the system running from DeBary in Volusia County through downtown Orlando to south Orange County. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, chairman of the SunRail board, called the performance "good for a first year." He predicted SunRail's losses would fall in coming years because the train would carry more passengers and advertising income would increase.
  • When Cars Started Sinking Into The Street, People Gathered To Watch. But The Last 15 Seconds…WOW!

    05/03/2014 3:40:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 4-30-14 | Mike Miller
    This video of the Baltimore street landslide was captured by Nicholas Nick Nico Reyes on April 30. Just watch. And wait for it…
  • The National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Coverup (this has to be a joke, right?)

    02/12/2014 11:28:28 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    Slideshare (Nick Brown) ^ | 2/12/14 | Nick Brown
    1. The National Corvette Museum Cover up: 2. In the sinkhole…. They found something they aren’t releasing to the media yet…… 3. Fact – There have been 7 reports of sinkholes found in the area THE SAME DAY as the Corvette museum collapse. Fact – There are reports of continual screaming heard at the Corvette Museum the morning of the discovery. Fact – 4 professors at Western Kentucky University were called in. Fact – 1 geologist was called in from the University of California. 4. We demand to know what this is! 5. Can’t see it? Let’s enhance it. 6....
  • National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Collapses in Skydome

    02/12/2014 8:30:20 AM PST · by WXRGina · 53 replies
    National Corvette Museum ^ | February 12, 2014 | Unattributed
    We received a call at 5:44am from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our Skydome area of the Museum. Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the Museum at the time. The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area. The Fire Department has estimated the size of the hole is 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep. It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident. Those cars include: -1993...
  • Downtown Detroit hit by massive sinkhole

    01/21/2014 2:07:38 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/20/2014
    Officials say it could take days to repair a massive sinkhole that has opened up in downtown Detroit. The sinkhole, which opened up Saturday just blocks away from the North American International Auto Show, is now about 14 feet deep, WJBK reports. Traffic in the area is being disrupted as crews work to fix the hole, which is 10 feet wide, according to WWJ-AM.
  • Sinkhole: Trees Swallowed In Louisiana

    08/22/2013 4:45:02 AM PDT · by BBell · 11 replies ^ | Thursday 22 August 2013
    Images of trees and land being swallowed up in less than a minute by a giant sinkhole in Louisiana have been caught on video. The dramatic footage shows tall trees slightly leaning at first, then quickly receding below the surface amid currents. The footage was posted on the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness blog. It was shot by a parish official. The Assumption Parish sinkhole near Bayou Corne has been swallowing land since it appeared in August last year. It had been in a dormant period before it picked up activity. Officials say the 24-acre opening in the earth...
  • Florida sinkhole swallows parts of resort near Disney World

    08/12/2013 5:38:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | August 12, 2013 | AnneClaire Stapleton
    A 60-foot-wide sinkhole formed under a resort in central Florida late Sunday, forcing guests out of their rooms as one three-story building collapsed and another slowly sank. Guests at the Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, about 10 minutes from Walt Disney World, called for help before the collapse, saying they heard loud noises and windows cracking. All guests inside the buildings -- an estimated 35 people, authorities said -- were evacuated before the first structure crumbled. A roughly 15-foot-deep crater swallowed much of one building, Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar said. Aerial video from CNN affiliate WFTV...
  • Sinkhole causes Central Florida resort to collapse

    08/12/2013 4:12:44 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 12 replies ^ | August 12, 2013 | Staff
    CLERMONT, Fla. - A sinkhole has caused a building housing vacationers at a Central Florida resort to collapse. [PHOTOS: Sinkhole swallowing Central Florida resort] Fire officials said that about 50 percent of the three-story villa at the Summer Bay Resort, located about 10 miles west of Disney World, collapsed around 3 a.m. Monday. The building had been evacuated earlier and no injuries have been reported.
  • What caused giant sinkhole in Kansas?

    08/08/2013 2:35:58 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 78 replies
    Fox4kc ^ | 08/05/13 | staff
    <p>NEAR GOODLAND, Kan. — A mysterious, massive hole in the earth is attracting visitors to western Kansas.</p> <p>Geologists and engineers are still trying to determine how and why the ground gave way in this particular spot south of Goodland in the middle of someone’s pasture.</p>
  • Central Toledo roads closed after sinkhole swallows car (video)

    07/03/2013 6:58:32 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 9 replies ^ | July 3, 2013 | MIKE SIGOV
    The woman who was taken to a hospital after her car was swallowed by a sinkhole in central Toledo has been identified as Pamela Knox. Ms. Knox, 60, of Toledo, was taken to Toledo Hospital to be checked out, officials said, however, she did not appear to be injured. The motorist whose car fell into the sinkhole is helped out. The motorist whose car fell into the sinkhole is helped out. TOLEDO FIRE LIEUTENANT MATTHEW HERTZFELD Enlarge Police said Ms. Knox was driving southbound on North Detroit Avenue when her car fell into a large sinkhole near Bancroft Street. Ms....
  • A sinkhole in Seffner causes two homes to evacuate

    03/23/2013 5:32:59 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 36 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | 3/23/13 | Bay News 9
    SEFFNER -- Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Engine is on the scene of a sinkhole that opened between two homes in Seffner around 7 p.m. According to reports, the hole was described as approximately 8 feet in diameter and 10 feet deep. The homes have been evacuated as a precaution. There are no structures involved at this time.
  • Mo. golfer survives mid-round Illinois sinkhole

    03/12/2013 9:47:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 3/12/13 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) — When it comes to dealing with this divot, score one for golfer Mark Mihal. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that the mortgage broker from Creve Coeur, Mo., is recovering after a sinkhole opened up beneath him Friday on the fairway at the 14th hole of a southwestern Illinois golf course. The pit that swallowed him was 18 feet deep and 10 feet wide.
  • Florida man vanishes after being sucked into sinkhole under his bedroom

    03/01/2013 7:51:50 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 62 replies ^ | March 1, 2013 | Miami Herald
    SEFFNER -- A sheriff's deputy plucked a man from an expanding sinkhole, but neither was able to save the man's brother from being sucked into the rubble, authorities said. Early Friday, authorities said the site at 240 Faithway Drive had become too unstable to continue rescue efforts and the focus would instead shift to a recovery operation. The sinkhole opened late Thursday in the home's backyard, swallowing one of the home's four bedrooms. Someone called 911, and a deputy reportedly found Jeremy Bush trying to pull his brother, Jeffrey, out of the hole when he arrived. The deputy pulled Jeremy...
  • UPDATE: Sinkhole swallows Seffner man; feared dead

    03/01/2013 7:47:52 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 27 replies ^ | March 1, 2013 | AP
    BRANDON - A man was missing and feared dead early Friday after a large sinkhole opened under the bedroom of a Seffner house and his brother says the man screamed for help before he disappeared.

    11/30/2012 8:29:22 PM PST · by Blogger · 50 replies
    You Tube Channel ^ | 11/29/12 | Idaho Picker
  • Sinkhole unprecedented globally, heed evacuation order, geologist says

    10/26/2012 5:37:03 AM PDT · by freedommom · 23 replies ^ | 10-24-2012 | deborah dupree
    The Bayou Corne sinkhole is truly a historical event, unprecedented globally, according to a geologist who addressed a group of residents, evacuees and others Tuesday night in Pierre Part at a briefing high with emotions at times, such as when the mandatory evacuation issue was addressed. "In the history of this type of event, this is very unique,” said Dr. Gary Hecox, geologist with Shaw Environmental stated at the resident meeting Tuesday night. Upset citizens fired one after another question after the officials gave presentation updating the locals with their latest updates about the disaster. “Nobody ever dealt with something...
  • Louisiana's 'Bayou Corne' Evacuated: Swamp Gas Turns into Monster Sinkhole

    08/04/2012 4:15:55 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 17 replies
    WAFB ^ | 08/04/12 | youtube
    "Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Friday in Assumption Parish after officials ordered an immediate evacuation of the Bayou Corne area because a slurry area appeared to be expanding. "The fear of the unknown prompted the evacuation order," said John Boudreaux, director of the parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. "The fear of it possibly compromising either the nearby pipelines or cavern storage areas, that could cause a risk to the community." Boudreaux said about 150 homes are affected by the order. He was unsure how long it would remain in effect. The governor's emergency proclamation...
  • Don't Look Under the Bed! Its a Giant Sinkhole!

    07/21/2011 2:34:25 PM PDT · by illiac · 20 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 7/21/11 | Seattle PI
    We always wonder about things that go bump in the night. Start to worry more. A woman in Guatemala had a sinkhole develop under her bed. Some hole that: 40-feet deep and 32 inches in diameter.
  • Obama sinkhole recipe: Hey, let’s create a new, government-run infrastructure bank!

    09/07/2010 10:54:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    michelle malkin ^ | 9/7/10 | Michelle Malkin
    It’s actually not a “new” idea. It’s an old, recycled one borrowed from corruptocrat Democrat Sen. Chris Dodd, who sponsored a bill to create a federally-operated “infrastructure bank” in 2007. President Obama tried to get $5 billion in funding for one in his 2010 budget and $4 billion is proposed for one in his 2011 budget. Democrat Rep. Rosa De Lauro is pushing a House version — and her expansive, pipe-dream plans tell you all you need to know about what a disastrous, costly slush fund this thing would inevitably grow into: Ms. DeLauro’s plan would create an infrastructure bank...
  • Car, driver tumble into giant sinkhole amid rainstorm

    07/25/2010 8:20:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-24-10 | Mary Louise Schumacher
    This is the account of the man who rescued the driver of a Cadillac Escalade from a sinkhole shortly before 8 p.m. at N. Oakland and E. North Aves.: *** Mark Pawlik, 46, was walking across the North Ave. bridge and talking to his friend on the phone when he noticed a traffic light had sunk into the ground. Just the red, yellow and green lights were above street level. He told his friend he'd call him back. It was still pouring rain, but he wanted to stop and take a picture. A moment later a man driving a black...
  • Pictures: Giant Sinkhole Pierces Guatemala

    06/02/2010 9:39:30 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 44 replies · 2,045+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | June 1, 2010 | Ker Than
    The appearance of a massive sinkhole in Guatemala City , Guatemala, on Sunday is thought to have been triggered by tropical storm Agatha, a violent tempest that struck Central America over the weekend. From photographs, the new Guatemala sinkhole appears to be about 60 feet (18 meters) wide and about 300 feet (100 meters) deep, said James Currens, a hydrogeologist at the University of Kentucky—which explains how the sinkhole was reportedly able to swallow an entire three-story building. Sinkholes can form when water-saturated soil and other particles become too heavy and cause the roofs of existing voids in the soil...
  • Giant sinkhole in Guatemala looks as if it goes to centre of the Earth

    06/01/2010 9:20:41 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 119 replies · 5,020+ views ^ | May 31, 2010 | Daniel Kaszor
    The sinkhole is a result of rainwater saturating the ground after tropical storm Agatha. The image is not a photoshop-job (see other angles of the sinkhole below) despite looking as if a giant hole had been punched in the Earth.
  • Huge Sinkhole Emerges in Guatemala After Tropical Storm

    05/31/2010 9:19:59 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 70 replies · 3,398+ views
    Gather ^ | May 31, 2010
    A huge sinkhole has emerged in Guatemala after Tropical Storm Agatha pummeled the region. The photo released by the Guatemalan government is absolutely incredible. CNN is reporting that the sinkhole swallowed a three-story building and a house; killing a security guard. The huge sinkhole appeared in Zone 2 of Guatemala City, and reports have said similar sinkholes may be in the process of forming. Can you imagine the earth simply opening up and swallowing a building and a home? When you look at the width and depth of this massive sinkhole in Guatemala, it is actually quite difficult to fathom...
  • 4 missing after Quebec home falls in sinkhole

    05/11/2010 9:02:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,803+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/10 | AP
    SAINT-JUDE, Quebec – Four people, including two children, are missing after the land beneath their home gave way and swallowed their house northeast of Montreal, officials said Tuesday. Rescue authorities said the house partially collapsed Monday night in Saint-Jude, a town of 1,000 near the Yamaska River, when a sinkhole formed. "It's a pretty gigantic crater," said Francois Gregoire, a Quebec fire department spokesman. "It's hard imagining something like this. It's pretty impressive." Gregoire said the house was quite far from the river before the land gave way but that part of it ended up in the water.
  • Homes evacuated in Texas as ground shifts below (San Antonio)

    01/25/2010 10:22:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies · 2,798+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/25/10 | AP
    SAN ANTONIO – Dozens of homes were evacuated in San Antonio after the ground below began shifting, creating crevices up to 15 feet deep and nearly splitting a nearby retaining wall in half, officials said. About 80 homes were first evacuated on Sunday after residents in a northwest side subdivision reported that the ground was caving behind several houses. No one was injured. The large crack in the retaining wall sent soil tumbling out below. Fences were tossed askew and crumpled like accordions, and aerial photos showed land had given way near the foundations of several homes. Engineers at the...
  • California Fire Truck Partially Swallowed by Sink Hole - Video

    09/08/2009 10:01:23 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 2 replies · 405+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 08, 2009 | Michael
    Here is a video of a firetruck in Valley Village, CA that has been partially swallowed by a sinkhole. (Watch Video)
  • Three missing after 2 homes plunge over cliff

    07/18/2009 7:21:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies · 1,979+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 18th July 2009
    Amazing pictures
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Obama at -5 LOWEST YET RECORDED!)

    07/08/2009 6:29:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 75 replies · 4,461+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 07/08/09 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 32% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –5.
  • Sinkhole Holds 12,000-Year-Old Clues to Early Americans

    02/19/2009 3:15:45 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1,406+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | February 18, 2009 | Willie Drye
    Divers exploring a southern Florida sinkhole have uncovered clues to what life was like for some of America's first residents.Led by University of Miami professor John Gifford, underwater archaeologists are exploring Little Salt Spring, 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Sarasota.Earlier this year, students working about 30 feet (9 meters) below the surface found the remains of a gourd that probably was used as a canteen by an ancient hunter about 8,000 or 9,000 years ago, according to Gifford.Archaeologists have been recovering primitive relics from the spring since 1977, when divers found the remains of a large, now extinct tortoise...
  • DEVELOPING: Sinkhole on Pellissippi Parkway

    05/07/2007 7:36:37 PM PDT · by Tennessee_Bob · 20 replies · 1,596+ views
    WBIR Television ^ | 07May07 | Tonja Burk
    Officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation are now evaluating a sinkhole that opened up Monday evening on Pellissippi Parkway. Its in the southbound lanes of Pellissippi, just south of where the Parkway merges with Oak Ridge Highway. The hole looks to be about four feet wide on the surface, but a TDOT geologist says its at least 25 feet across, and goes under both southbound lanes. He says it was caused by water eroding the limestone. Crews will work all night to get that sinkhole filled, but they likely won't be finished by the morning commute, and it may...
  • Third body found in Guatemala sinkhole (WOW! pictures)

    02/26/2007 11:39:52 AM PST · by lizol · 161 replies · 78,098+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 25, 2007
    Third body found in Guatemala sinkhole February 25, 2007 GUATEMALA CITY -- Emergency crews Saturday found a third body in a 330-foot-deep sinkhole that had swallowed a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people in a crowded Guatemala City neighborhood. The body of Domingo Soyos, 53, was carried out of the enormous fissure and identified by family members, medical crews said. Soyos was the father of teenagers Irma and David Soyos, whose bodies were found floating in a river of sewage soon after the sinkhole opened Friday. Residents said there were other people unaccounted for, but emergency...
  • Giant sinkhole swallows father, teens

    02/23/2007 7:18:57 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 76 replies · 2,522+ views
    CNN ^ | February 23, 2007 | CNN
    GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AP) -- A giant sinkhole opened before dawn Friday, swallowing several homes and a truck and leaving a father and two teenagers missing in Guatemala City. Officials said the 100-meter-deep (330-foot-deep) sinkhole in a crowded neighborhood of poor, concrete homes was caused by recent rains and an underground sewage flow from a ruptured main. National disaster coordinator Hugo Hernandez identified the missing as Domingo, Irma and David Sosyos, ages 53, 18 and 15, respectively. A body appeared in a river of sewage near the sinkhole, but it was unclear whether the corpse was a victim. ... The...
  • Sinkhole Swallows Scott Lake

    06/22/2006 6:16:11 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 16 replies · 4,129+ views ^ | Jun 22, 2006 | MIKE SALINERO
    LAKELAND - Buzzards congregated around dead fish on the exposed mud flats of Scott Lake on Wednesday, while alligators and snapping turtles fought for their lives in the black ooze of a massive sinkhole. Sinkholes occasionally open under lakes, but most of the sightseers who came to witness firsthand this disappearing water body south of Lakeland said they'd never seen anything like it. Water in the 291-acre lake started to drain into two sinkholes early last week. The sinking ground cracked the wall in at least one house near the shore and damaged several docks. The largest of the two...
  • Fatal sink hole grows in Placer County

    04/23/2006 7:23:38 PM PDT · by formercalifornian · 20 replies · 1,441+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 23, 2006 | By Matt Weiser -- Bee Staff Writer
    A giant sinkhole that swallowed an Alta man in his living room Friday night was still growing Sunday, precluding rescuers from recovering the victim. Family friend Rick Armstrong said the missing man is presumed to be Jason Chellew, 32, though he deferred to authorities for an official identification.
  • Man is killed by hole in home

    04/23/2006 7:06:36 AM PDT · by steveo · 19 replies · 1,057+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04-23-06 | Edgar Sanchez - Sac Bee
    A 27-year-old man was killed Friday night when he was sucked into a 10-foot-deep hole that opened up suddenly in a two-story home in rural Alta, Placer County sheriff's deputies said Saturday. The victim's body remained in the hole Saturday night, and efforts to extract it will resume this morning, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Dena Erwin said.
  • 6 Months Later, New Orleans Far From Whole

    02/25/2006 10:48:07 PM PST · by Saints fan · 45 replies · 1,018+ views
    Guardian Unlimited UK & AP ^ | February 25, 2006 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    <p>NEW ORLEANS — They're throwing Mardi Gras beads again - so many strands, they're landing in tree branches and getting snagged on the trellised balconies of the French Quarter.</p> <p>You'll find them adorning the arms of Spanish statues. Tourists are wearing them, but these days so are contractors and the National Guard. It's hard to walk on Bourbon Street without stepping on them. You're likely to crunch them underfoot, long necklaces of plastic pearls brightening the asphalt.</p>
  • Sean Penn's rescue bid sinks

    09/04/2005 3:34:56 PM PDT · by veronica · 396 replies · 29,164+ views
    EFFORTS by Hollywood actor Sean Penn to aid New Orleans victims stranded by Hurricane Katrina foundered badly overnight, when the boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak. Penn had planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina's flood waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch. The actor, known for his political activism, was seen wearing what appeared to be a white flak jacket and frantically bailing water out of the sinking vessel with a red plastic cup. When the boat's...
  • Giant Sinkhole Continues To Grow, Scientists To Study It

    08/17/2005 10:45:04 AM PDT · by jb6 · 48 replies · 1,957+ views
    kltv ^ | 6/29/05 | Julie Tam
    The mysterious giant sinkhole in Smith County is getting bigger. It's now up to 80 feet in diameter. And water has started to bubble up from the bottom. It has become quite an attraction for the public. And TX-DOT says that's dangerous. Crews have put up more barriers to keep people from getting too close and possibly hurting themselves. The sinkhole formed Sunday morning, and it was close to 100 feet deep. Since then, more pavement and dirt have fallen in. TX-DOT plans to send out scientists in the next couple of days to figure out the cause.
  • Lake vanishes almost overnight; sinkhole drains man-made body of water near St. Louis

    06/12/2004 6:36:04 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 103 replies · 2,807+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 11, 2004 | Associated Press Staff
    Lake vanishes almost overnightSinkhole drains man-made body of water near St. Louis09:05 PM CDT on Friday, June 11, 2004Associated Press WILDWOOD, Mo. – To people around Wildwood, it is nothing but freaky: an entire 23-acre lake vanished in a matter of days, as if someone pulled the plug on a bathtub. Lake Chesterfield went down a sinkhole this week, leaving homeowners in this affluent St. Louis suburb wondering whether their property values disappeared along with their lakeside views. "It's real creepy," said Donna Ripp, who lives near what had been Lake Chesterfield. "That lake was 23 acres – no small...
  • Sinkhole swallows woman walking dog in Apopka (Central Florida)

    01/19/2004 5:56:29 AM PST · by FReepaholic · 42 replies · 423+ views
    Florida Today ^ | 1/19/2004 | Florida Today
    <p>APOPKA, Fla. - A 57-year-old Apopka woman spent more than two hours in a 10-foot-deep sinkhole over the weekend after the ground gave way as she was walking her dog, according to Florida Today news partner WKMG Local 6 News.</p>