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. Danny

    Hitler was hiding here..

    November 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. indy

    OUCHHHHHH!!!! at least he won't have to mow the lawn for a while

    November 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Adrian Emanuel Najda

    We warmly welcome I convey my testimony and love of God obiawienia that I experienced. Near the end of the world so unite in peace and love. Yours cordially. The Lord God
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBnAFFhmj08
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alto1fh8tHM

    November 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Analoger

    Well as far as I can tell, since oil has been extracted from the earth at such a high volume. it is possible that a density differential with in the tectonic plates has occurred. Gravitational fluctuations could also possibly occur from around the perimeter of the plates by the surrounding heavenly bodies in our solar system.

    When oil is extracted from the earth the cavities can naturally fill in with water or earth. Oil cavities are actually filled in with water during the oil extraction process which could cause a density differential between plates that has had a significant amount of oil removed which in turn can create a significant shear conditions at the tectonic plates due to gravitational forces. Oil extraction could also cause sink holes.

    November 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Analoger

    Thank You – Adrian Emanuel Nadja. We need to share the Love of God

    Adrian Emanuel Najda
    We warmly welcome I convey my testimony and love of God obiawienia that I experienced. Near the end of the world so unite in peace and love. Yours cordially. The Lord God
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBnAFFhmj08

    November 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Teri

    Must be that wascally wabbit

    November 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      Wassup Doc??!

      November 3, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Teri

    Danke Schoen

    November 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lrhughes

    Not a big deal, we get those all the time here in Kentucky, largest cave system in the world! Roads falling in everywhere!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. McRoe Soft

    Maybe one of the thousands of bombs USA dropped on Germany during WWII exploded.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. looh

    If they dig a little more, which country will they end up at? Hmm.....

    November 3, 2010 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      No country, just the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

      November 3, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. levend

    I quote the movie "castle" dad I dug another hole!

    November 3, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • huge

      wake up people tell a friend you love them we are living the moment..have faith this thing suposed to happen what happen in haiti, chilli can happen any where, this world we live in is taken shape.. will you be ready...

      November 4, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. kat

    Jürgen Reinholz, environment and agriculture minister for the state of Thuringia, said natural causes were suspected. Really? Duh... Would a sign from God be considered a natural cause?

    November 3, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • smartenup10

      @ patrick – you cannot prove or disprove God, so how about just sticking to the story?

      November 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      You know that is possible to have a sink hole caused by a man-made event, don't know?

      November 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • rdycsci

      There is always somebody that has to bring up religion and thier deity on every single story.....

      November 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      I think it was a sign from the Tooth Fairy, or maybe it was Bugs Bunny – had to be one of those false idols.

      November 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      Religon is based off of modern life as we know it, evolution theroy isnt just a theroy , most theorys are true factual infromation, most things in the bible are true why is this? The information came from ansestors of ansestors.....someone knew something........but most people lie and hide whats really true, God is a figure that you can belive in its not true tho.
      There are books from romen times datting the mythical beings known as gods am i correct...yes i am. (God is a myth)
      To prove this as a fact...theres a sun god, budda, possiden god of the sea . now you understand?
      Possiden is god of the sea....the moons gravitational pull or force makes waves, thus aqn example. Science is more factual then a book thats 2 million years old and the earth is 8 billion years old or something look at the numbers.
      ((((LIFE REPEATS ITSELF))))))))) im starting to think its a game.

      November 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      OMG! (pun intended) You want to try listening to yourself.

      November 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Dang dogs need to quit digging holes .

    November 3, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kassi

    "we dig dig dig dig dig the whole day through..." its a song...i bet the miners would like this

    November 3, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. KidCanada

    It's due to the LHC!
    The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

    November 3, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • What th?

      And a piece of it landed and made that big hole. NOT.

      November 4, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
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