November 2nd, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Giant sinkhole opens in Germany

Repairs are to begin Wednesday on a 65-foot-deep (20 meters) sinkhole that opened in the eastern German town of Schmalkalden on Monday, local authorities said.

The sinkhole, which measured more than 130 feet (40 meters) across, swallowed a car and forced the evacuation of 25 people in nine houses, the regional newspaper Thueringer-Allgemeine reported.

Officials told the paper more than 1,000 truckloads of gravel would be needed to fill the hole.

Residents reported hearing a loud roar as the earth gave way early Monday morning, according to the newspaper report. The cause of the sinkhole had not been determined.

JĂĽrgen Reinholz, environment and agriculture minister for the state of Thuringia, said natural causes were suspected, according to Spiegel Online International.

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  1. BrainDamagedYouth

    Where are the Fantastic 4 when you need 'em?!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. spylant

    Is there a Civil ENGINEER in the house?!?

    November 2, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jared

    Would someone please call Parks and Recreation before someone falls into the pit?

    November 2, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. yakman

    Look for Hitler's buried treasure!!!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. ELH

    Remember when they finished the Chunnel, they abandoned the tunnel-boring machines in side tunnels and sealed them off. Guess what? They got loose! No one on the continent is safe! Run away, run away!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. this sucks

    Maybe that is where they burried Hoffa!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. this sucks

    Or maybe, just maybe there is a black hole in the middle of the earth and the entire planet is collapsing in on itself. DOOMS DAY HAS ARRIVED!!!!!! AAAARRRRRRHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    November 2, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Kalyan

      Give us the exact day buddy....I got lots of things to finish before DDay....LoLzzz

      November 2, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kalyan

    Scary sink holes. Never know where and when opens up under your feet.

    Its not just the yellow car, there are many cars stuck in the adjacent garages...see this link.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2010/nov/01/germany-sinkhole-crater-schmalkalden#/?picture=368256228&index=2

    November 2, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. shincbends

    1,000 trucks times 22 metric tons per truck = 22,000 metric tons. Gravel has a stowage factor of about 25 cubic feet per metric ton; 25 cft x 22,000 mt = 550,000 cubic feet. The diameter = 130 feet/2 = 65r
    3.14(pi) x 65 x 65 = 13,266 sqare feet x depth 65 feet (if it had staight walls and not sloped which it is) = 862,290 cubic feet or 24,427 cubic meters. Who knows how to caculate the slope given a negative angle of repose of 33 degrees?

    = 3.14 · (4 cm) · (4 cm)
    = 50.24 cm2

    November 2, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Maurice

    Drop Sarah Palin in it,,,, Wait!! darn hole isnt big enough!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Nobody

      Yeah, not for her head!

      November 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carmela

    Good place for a Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh summit

    November 2, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • 888YeshuaSaLuSa

      German engineering at it's finest. Back to the Future 2 & 3 commercial from Sci-Fi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsbhfI_KW_4

      November 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. korwynias

    Oh look, Bush found Bin Laden. Maybe he thinks he can be re-elected. LMFAO!!!!

    November 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jman

    You retards. Look in the mirror. Yes, it is proper to use retards in this context because I am dealing with true retards. Your posts show your intelligence on anything is, well, lacking. Those for Obama, you have no idea that man is destroying our country. Take your "CHANGE" blinders off. Most policies that screwing up this country were put there by a Democratic congress.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ejukateme

      Individuals who lack vocabulary begin using insults instead, thereby proving their ignorance. Way to go!

      November 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Huh? You Stupid LMAO!!!!

      November 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • magnoliatreephotography

      Note to self: Up Jman's thorazine dosage before leaving him alone.

      November 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill peters

      Jman-
      Seriously, my son has down syndrome and regardless of your beliefs that Obama is ruining this country, I believe you should refrain from utilizing the word "retard". My son may have an intellectual disability, but that doesn't mean he won't contribute more to society than you. Obviously your vocabulary is limited and probably are over compensating for something. Do yourself a favor and chill out. Use phrases such as: "I must respectively disagree" and "Your point is duly noted". My son is pretty awesome and if you reply to this utilizing the "R" word, than we all know what you are. Peace out!

      November 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader

      Jman looked in the mirror, and saw the enemy. Now, he presumes that everyone else will see the same thing.

      Jman screams about policies, but I doubt he knows anything about any policy, aside from what Glenn Beck told him.

      November 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • 888YeshuaSaLuSa

      Chrono Trigger – Corridors of Time on Piano http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSgst7Pq7w4&p=CB9A4CADD120CB03&playnext=1&index=27

      November 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yellow car 1

    Just push the yellow car in the sink hole...therefore helping to fill the hole. Maybe they will only need 999 loads of gravel!!!

    November 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    How can a sinkhole be "massive"? A hole is a hole. It contains no matter, and, thus, no mass.

    A sinkhole can be "huge" or "gigantic" or "gaping," but not "massive."

    November 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweetenedtea

      Air has mass.

      November 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Nice tea 🙂

      November 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nobody

      Definition of MASSIVE
      1: forming or consisting of a large mass: a : bulky b : weighty, heavy c : impressively large or ponderous d : having no regular form but not necessarily lacking crystalline structure

      See entry "C" from Merriam-Webster

      November 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
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