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. Tinsoldier

    1000 truck loads of gravel or kill two birds with one stone, 1000 bus loads of muslims and fix that immigration problem at the same time.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maurice

      Dang, racist always mess everything up, this was a funny comment section. pitiful

      November 2, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader

      muslims are not a race

      November 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. j rob

    The hole is definately obama's fault

    November 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sbrauny

    The yellow car is a Volkswagen Golf.

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

      Then that must be a golf hole????

      November 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wally & Monica

      ELH, you put your finger right on it..... the hole that is.

      November 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      There's no way Tiger can miss this hole in one.

      November 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Julie

    Gravity is the culprit! and increasing as we type.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. merle

    please tell dr bad they found his nurse

    November 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 2012

    Eoesnt it occurred to you that more and more of these sinkholes are happening around the world ?
    Tell me paranoid here, but it seems very strange that something powerful and part of nature is slowing awaken..
    may god-universe help us all !!!!

    November 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dictionary

    It was an insect infestation.
    No tears.

    November 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Random Anonymous Blackmail

    Natural causes!? Nobody is prepared from the power of my sinkhole machine. MUHAHAHAHAHA

    November 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ACE

    2012 IS NEAR

    November 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      All the rivers and oceans shall turn to BLOOD. And famine and pestilence shall be the blight of man and beast alike!!

      November 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Evan

    First and foremost, we must shift the blame to Obama, who can make amends with Germany by sending a construction helicopter (paid for by American taxpayers, it's the least they can do) that can lift large equipment, to lower rescue workers into the hole, secure the car, and lift it out of the hole thus saving the car. Otherwise, the resulting bad karma may cause a sinkhole to open up and swallow Washington D.C., requiring the CIA to send a special ops team into the hole to rescue Obama and democrats in Congress.

    November 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    Line with concrete, make into pool.

    – A

    November 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. riverslq

    Hmm, I think Geraldo might have finally found Al Capone's Vault!

    November 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nancy Pelosi

    I thought I was the sinkhole

    November 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah Palin

      @ Nancy Pelosi:
      Nah,honey. You just the bunghole. Here have another cuppa tea.

      November 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Elise

    The neighbourhood looks really tranquil and clean. Won't be that way for long when the trucks arrive to fill that sinkhole with dirt!

    November 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dhl

    Its because NBC fired Conan!

    November 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
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