The biggest chasms in the world: What are the causes of this disaster – man or nature? Can faulty plumbing swallow your home?
National Corvette Museum Chasm in Kentucky | Photo credit: Twitter
- The chasms on the surface of the Earth are millions of years old and some have occurred recently.
- Not just nature, even human actions can stimulate the formation of a sinkhole.
- Read below to learn more about how sinkholes form and is man to blame?
You may have seen spooky images of sinkholes around the world. The prospect of the earth under your feet or the car tires under the building you live in – sinking tens or hundreds of feet into a huge gaping hole in the Earth is what movies are made of. sci-fi horror.
A sinkhole occurs when an area of land collapses, creating holes that can engulf swimming pools, roads, buildings, and people.
The ground below collapsing on itself – sucking up whatever is in its wake – can happen anywhere from ocean depths to urban environments. And the size of these sinkholes varies from a few feet to a thousand feet or more.
Sinks appear without warning. What appeared to be solid ground seconds ago, may simply open up without any indication, dropping everything it was supporting into a hole of unpredictable depth.
As the 300 foot mammoth sinkhole has been spotted in the state of Puebla, which is located near Mexico. The owners of the house, Magdalena and Heriberto Sanchez, said they heard a sound similar to ‘thunder’ after which they spotted the hole outside their house.
How are chasms formed:
Acidic rainwater eats away at the limestone bedrock, forming cavities in the subsoil. Sometimes collapses can drag anything above the surface into an underworld that lies below. But it’s the ones caused by faulty plumbing that are a man-made disaster and should worry you. According to sewerhistory.com, the Guatemala City sinkhole that killed three people and engulfed dozens of homes in 2007 was formed by the same thing that is creating sinkholes in Los Angeles. “No time. Not an act of God. No weird rock. Bad sewer lines have created this sinkhole. And the problem is getting worse, in the world and in the United States,” the website says.
We bring you five of the biggest sinkholes, man-made and natural, from around the world.
1.The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky:
The National Corvette Museum opened in 1994 as an educational tribute to the American sports car. Every Corvette in the world since 1981 has been assembled at the General Motors Bowling Green assembly plant located just a mile from the National Corvette Museum.
The chasm formed on February 12, 2014. Museum officials decided to rescue the sunken Corvette cars and fill the chasm. Salvage construction was completed in July 2015.
2. The 5-lane road in Fukuoka, Japan:
Five lanes of traffic disappeared in the Japanese city of Fukuoka in 2016 as a sinkhole nearly 100 feet wide and 50 feet deep sucked up the sidewalk, then quickly filled with water. The Japanese authorities had the road repaired within days. But it still sank a few inches.3. The chasms of heaven and hell, Turkey:
These two sinkholes are located 25 km east of Silifke, 2 km northwest of Narlikuyu port and 5 km northwest of Maiden Castle. Heaven Sinkhole was called Corycus Cave in ancient times. Its elliptical opening measures 250 m and 110 m in diameter and its depth is 70 m. There is the entrance to a large cave 200 m long. At the mouth of this cave, there is a small church. The Hell Pit, which is located 75 m in front of the Chasm of Heaven, has a diameter of 50 m and 75 m and a depth of 128 m. Its edges are concave, which makes it almost unseaworthy. Rumor has it that sinners and criminals were thrown into this pit in the past.
4. Nongle chasm, China:
Large areas in China, especially in the provinces of Guangxi and Guizhou, are covered with limestone formations, deposited in an ancient ocean 400 to 250 million years ago and later pushed above sea level. by tectonic forces. The great chasms in China are called tiankengs, or “holes in the sky”.
5. The Great Blue Hole, Belize:
A beautiful circular diameter of nearly 1,000 feet gives us what is called the Great Blue Hole in Belize, one of the most impressive shipwreck sights in the world.
Whether caused by human activity or by nature, whether recent or ancient, sinkholes are intriguing formations whose creation involves the unstoppable forces of nature.