Massive Sinkhole Swallows Up Car In The US
This is the shocking moment when a giant sinkhole swallowed up an entire car in Virginia, US. Watch the video below:
In shocking footage recorded on 4 July, the vehicle - which fortunately was parked up and had no one inside - disappears completely after the sinkhole opens up.
According to the Prince William Times, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has said the sinkhole likely opened after a thunderstorm on Thursday which saw around one inch of rain fall in Dale City over a 24-hour period.
The heavy rainfall resulted in a nearby creek overflowing and putting pressure on a storm drain, which then resulted in soil being pushed away underground causing the whole area to become unstable, according to a spokesperson from VDOT.
The vehicle has since been pulled out of the hole but VDOT has warned that it will take 'a lot longer to fix the sinkhole and patch the roadway'.
A spokesperson told the news outlet: "This is going to be a pretty large-scale project. We don't want people to think this is going to be done in a week. It's probably not."
The whole (hole - geddit?) matter is complicated by the fact that underneath the road there's a bunch of utility lines for things such as broadband, gas and clean drinking water - pretty important stuff, in other words.
In the meantime, local residents are being warned to avoid the area, as the ground could still be unstable.
The spokesperson gave the somewhat chilling warning: "Don't assume the concrete or the asphalt is going to hold you, especially if it rains."
Late last year, a horrifying video was shared online, showing a woman disappearing into a huge sinkhole that suddenly opened up underneath her.
In the clip, the woman can be seen casually walking down the street, when the next minute the floor opens up and she falls into the chasm.
The footage, captured in Lanzhou, the capital city of China's north-western province of Gansu, showed the nine-square-metre hole open up on a busy street.
Shocked onlookers were just feet away from the woman, who could later be seen partially covered in rubble and calling for help.
The woman was rushed to hospital where, miraculously, she only sustained two broken ribs in the fall.
At the time, authorities said they weren't aware of what caused the sinkhole, but that an investigation had been launched.
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