Ohio Sinkhole Size of 4 Football Fields; 4 Other Deeper Sinkholes [VIDEO]
An enormous sinkhole has opened up in Ohio, engulfing several acres of land parts of State Highway 516 in Dover. The Ohio sinkhole measures 1000-ft long, 300-ft wide and is 30-ft deep ... and growing.
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The Ohio sinkhole is believed to be the result of years of sand dredging underneath a local lake by the Newton Asphalt Company, reports The Huffington Post. The clean-up and construction to repair the Ohio sinkhole are going to be massive, and won't get fully underway until 2013 because of the onset of winter.
"It's going to be a while before the road is open because this is a significant fix, and we're entering winter season where not a whole lot of construction can take place," said Ohio Department of Transportation District 11 Director Lloyd McAdam. "I've worked for ODOT sixteen years and I've never seen anything of this magnitude."
The sheer size of the Ohio sinkhole will put it on the list for the world's biggest. Most sinkholes rarely reach widths of more than a few dozen feet, but as far as sinkholes go, the Ohio sinkhole is very shallow. Here are five world-famous sinkholes even deeper than the Ohio sinkhole:
Guatemala City Sinkhole
In 2010, Tropical Storm Agatha pounded Guatemala Ctiy with heavy, torrential rains. In the aftermath, an enormous sinkhole opened up. Though only 60-ft wide, the sinkhole goes down is more than 20 stories deep. 300 people living nearby were evacuated and never returned to their homes.
Devil's Sinkhole (Texas)
As the above video illustrates, Devil's Sinkhole isn't a gigantic pit of evil because it's a jaw-dropping 400-ft deep. It get's its demonic moniker from the MILLIONS OF BATS that live inside it. So if you're out that great Americana roadtrip and want to give your children (or yourself) permanent nightmares, make sure to book a seat on one of the Evening Bat Flight Tours where you can watch in horror as millions of winged rodents take to the skies in search of SOULS! (Oh wait, its insects. The bats are only after insects.)
Sarisarinama Sinkholes (Venezuela)
The Sarisarinama sinkholes are a series of gigantic sinkholes in the Jaua-Sarisariñama National Park. The name comes from a charming native story of an evil spirit that devours human flesh and makes the sound "sari ... sari" as it devours its victims. The biggest sinkhole, Sima Humboldt, is around 1,050-ft wide and 900-ft deep.
Daisetta Sinkhole (Texas)
They like to say everything's bigger in Texas. Steaks, attitudes, death row inmate graveyards, etc. One thing Texas is definitely winning in the "big" category is the Daisetta sinkhole. This massive hole is 700-ft wide and more than 200-ft deep. But it's not all bad news. Rainwater has turned the sinkhole into a small lake perfect for swimming or fishing or ... getting eaten by the 7-foot alligator that calls the sinkhole home.
The Ohio sinkhole is new and still growing, so the possibility remains it could turn into one deep-ass behemoth before everything's said and done. What remains to be seen is if it will live up to the inherent evil of other sinkholes and fill with bats and alligators, or just be named after flesh-eating ghosts.
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