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. dang

    One would surely need lot of courage to live in that house even after sinkhole was filled.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wally & Monica

    FUNNYYYYYYY!!!! How do I recommend this page to my friends?

    November 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. idrived

    "Bunderschaft, are you going daft? Better seal off the castle grounds!
    This is Moribund the Burgermeister, gonna keep this monster down
    Somebody sent the subversive element, gonna chase it out of town
    No-one will tell what all this is about
    But I will find out...."
    –Peter Gabriel

    November 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. eddie

    I could very easily drive that little yellow car out of there! Easy 🙂

    November 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul

    Yea!! Grandpa a Community outhouse

    November 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    No we have room for the the in-laws! lol

    November 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dictionary


    November 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      That was Mt. Everest. This is the physical opposite of a mountain.

      November 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Goodness!! That's were Paris Hilton hid the drugs

    November 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      Heck no! It's only one of her nostrils.

      November 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nancy

    Hey Honey use my car, I need a gallon of milk.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. General Poo Burger

    It looks almost exactly like another photo they used a year ago for another sinkhold that everyone said was "touched up"

    November 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jesus can saves your soul

    God's wrath is starting. People you only see and hear, just a tinkling of His Wrath. Repent people, from all your sins, Jesus Christ is coming that no one is expected. Jesus, is going to come to take His Childrens that are Obedient to Him. But those who are dis-obedient, they will have a special place for them. Accept Jesus in your heart, and make Him the Lord of your life, and repent from all your sins. Then you will be saved, from the wrath of God to come.
    Revelation 20:10 And the devil that decived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall tormented day and night forever and ever.

    11- And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

    12- And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 15- And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

    People its time to ask Jesus to forgive you from all your sins, and repent or stay away from sins. The Judgment of God is nearly here, God can no longer hold His Wrath. Jesus is faithful and just to forgive you.
    Now the End is Near, everybody must prepare, because Jesus is Coming! The Judgment Day!

    November 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maurice

      No disrepect, but it's a sinkhole, not a gateway too hell. What does it look like to you?

      November 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader

      methinks your brain fell into the sinkhole....

      November 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • 888YeshuaSaLuSa


      November 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • 888YeshuaSaLuSa

      I'll be very happy once the flagship Regulus fully arrives. ^_^

      November 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • 888YeshuaSaLuSa

      Chrono Trigger Trial

      November 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • 888YeshuaSaLuSa

      Chrono Cross OST – Forest of Cutting Shadows

      November 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • 888YeshuaSaLuSa

      Xenosaga Episode I – The Miracle

      November 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • 888YeshuaSaLuSa

      Xenosaga Episode I – The Resurrection

      November 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • 888YeshuaSaLuSa

      Xenosaga Episode I – Zarathustra

      November 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • 888YeshuaSaLuSa

      Rhine Maiden Assault

      November 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • LEFTY

      stick it in your sinkhole buddy.

      November 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      @ Darth Vader: .... come to think of it, Darth Vader did fall into a big hole in space. Wasn't God's doing though.

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

      I think the sinkhole that opened up earlier this year in South America would be a better candidate for the Gateway to Hell. That one looked bottomless. This one is just deep.

      November 3, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      Once sink hole in Guatemala, and now a second sink hole reported in Germany, I just wonder where the third one gonna be?

      November 3, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Shelly

      please, just stop ok just stop, im not trying to be rude or anything but just stop with all that chill, cz the jesus i know is nothing like u desribe him, just stop all that

      November 3, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. route19er

    this can happen if you leave your sprinkler on too long.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HUhwha

    Dammit. That's like the 5th tripod that hatched in a month. Martians are going about this invasion all willy-nilly...

    November 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dictionary

    Good, cuz I'm sick of hearing this sort of crap.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dictionary

    I was referring to 'judgement day' comments. Sink that! Why would you wish for your own house to be destroyed? Isn't that suicide. Talking bad about your own country? Not very productive.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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