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.

Jürgen 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. korwynias

    Even bigger tourist attraction if they build an amusment park arround it

    November 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      yeah! And have rappelling, bungee jumping, sky diving (uh, hole diving), cliff climbing, suicides for free... and kids, please take a dump in there.

      November 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 2012

    The earth is imploding....2012 starting now ..tornados, earthquakes, volcanos, sunami..thats all I've been hearing in the news... need to buy a plane and fly to where those boats are.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      It so happened (in the book), everyone on the boats perished.

      November 2, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andres Bustamante

    google= sinkhole in Guatemala.. the resemblance is unreal it happened a few months back...all i can say is..people we are not alone LOL

    November 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cracking up!

    omg!! these comments are hilarious!
    but seriously i think that dinousars can run on there hind paws sooo im guessin santa clause is real!!!!!! nd it arrived in germant nd made that hole...

    November 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. observer

    Check out the 2 cars in the garage!
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2010/nov/01/germany-sinkhole-crater-schmalkalden#/?picture=368256228&index=2

    November 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wally & Monica

    It's the Fraggles and the Doozers!!

    November 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kinectedgamer

    Natural Causes? Psh...it was the Jewish getting back at the Germans for WWII.....lol

    November 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Linda

    Godzilla, Godzilla!!!!

    November 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kent

    Look!!! a new skate park

    November 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dictionary

    Fill it with garbage. Duh. What was there before certainly won't be missed. Nothing sacred there. The end of suffering.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    A place that I wouldnt hear Justin Bieber

    November 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lorene

    Now that's a good place for a bridge

    November 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Blatherer

    Does this remind anyone else of their ex-wife?

    November 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      Yeah, bottomless and gaping..... try filling that one!

      November 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Silvius

    Natural causes my ass! this is al-Qaeda!

    November 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    Good. Maybe the sinkhole will swallow all of Hitlers willing accomplises that killed millions of Europeans during two world wars.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackieInDallas

      As much as I hate to burst your bubble, Hitler was a young man during World War 1, so it couldn't be him or his accomplices (notice spelling?). Hitler did his rise to power during the 20s and 30s, which was AFTER WW1. The party in Germany that brought you Hitler in WW2 was created in response to how Germany was stripped of power after WW1, and was led by him, though not until the 20s. A quick check with reliable online sources will prevent you from looking like an illiterate.

      November 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      @ JackieInDallas: Doesn't change the fact that a monster is a monster. And Hitler was the grandaddy of them all!

      November 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      @ JackieInDallas: ....... and history contends that the German nation of the time was a culpable collaborator.

      November 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinking Feeling

      Somewhere out in the North Sea, a passenger liner is foundering in the Mother of Storms. The captain initiates an emergency transmission: "Mayday, mayday, mayday! To all stations, this is QE IV. We are sinking! I say again, we are SINKING!!

      German coast guard radio operator intercepts the call and replies: "Ach mein Gott! Vot are you sinking about!!

      November 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • McRoe Soft

      It is interesting to know that Hitler will not be forgotten. Not in a 1000 years. Nobody will remember most of any political leaders from around the globe but Hitler will have a place in history next to Caesar, Alexander, Nero, Hanibal etc.

      November 3, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
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