Campers Lucky to Escape Sinkhole in Australia

This planet amazes me! I can not believe a sinkhole just swallowed an entire campground!

According to The Inertia:

Last night, a sinkhole nearly twice the size of an American football field has swallowed several vehicles at Inskip Point, Queensland, a popular camping spot near Rainbow Beach. The sinkhole swallowed a car, caravan, and a camper trailer, while 140 people were evacuated from the beachside campsite. Strangely enough, this is the second sinkhole that has occurred at Inskip Point in the last four years. No injuries have been reported, but rangers are warning people to stay away in case the sinkhole expands.”

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150-meter sinkhole at Inskip Point, Queensland. Photo: Kieren Hudson

ABC.net.au reported this:

“Man’s car and caravan swallowed”

One man said he had been fishing with another man on the beach when they heard a commotion and looked around to see the ground opening up.

He said the second man raced back to his campsite as he saw his car and caravan going under.

SES volunteer Mark Lawler said other vehicles blocked by trees were expected to go under throughout the night.

Many campers took the opportunity to leave immediately, driving into Rainbow Beach and setting up a temporary camp in one of the parks.

Sunshine Coast recovery experts Clayton’s Towing reported the sinkhole on Facebook overnight.

The company said two of their employees, who were camping 200 metres from the beach, were caught up in the mayhem.

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Science Alert explains what a sink hole is:

So what exactly is a sinkhole? Basically, they occur when cave systems and cavities below ground collapse, and the sand or soil on the surface starts funneling into them. This can be dangerous enough, but when water is involved, that falling land can start to behave like quicksand, sucking in everything in reach. This is what happened here, and back in 2013 in Florida, when a man was killed when his bedroom collapsed into a sinkhole.

Sometimes these underground cavities just naturally collapse to produce sinkholes, but they’re often triggered by heavy rain or flooding, which destabilizes rocks beneath Earth’s surface. Scientists have shown that something as simple as emptying a swimming pool is enough to trigger a sinkhole.

Earthquakes can also trigger the collapse, but despite a few recent small quakes in Queensland, scientists have ruled this out as a possible trigger for the Inskip Point sinkhole.

Read more about it here.

 

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