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. dgwg

    Thanks guys and gals, you perked up my afternoon! Yes, it would be a good idea to move that car into the garage.
    We only vote once where I come from.

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

    I wish a sinkhole like that would open under the white house and rid this nation once and for all of the worst President it has ever had. Obama single handedly destroyed the housing industry by doing NOTHING to help the homeowners. He threw all the help at the bankers and TRUSTED them to help the homeowners through voluntary programs. DUMB!

    November 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chas

      Most of the home owners that are still experiancing problems are the ones who bought home much larger than they could afford on the bet that the housing market would continue the upward spiral it was experiancing. Unfortunetly if you finance a home with no down payment, no fixed rate, and interest only payments you find yourself in deep trouble at the first sign of a downturn. If the value of the propery drops even a little (as it surely did) you find yourself instantly upside down in your loan.
      I do not feel sorry at all for the people who tried to cash in on the rising costs of real estate, they gambled and they lost. Welcome to the real world.

      November 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from Port St. Lucie

      Although I detest Obama's programs in general I have to admit that the problems appeared before he became a senator from illinois. However, there is no way to save the housing market unless jobs are created. There is correlation. The jobs should be created by the private sector- not the government. Tax cuts are needed for businesses.

      November 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      While I do not agree with alot of what Obama has done. I will not blame him for what Bush allowed. I am though getting very tired of stupid Republicans always blaming the Democrates for the problems that they created. The bills that Bush signed in action are the cause of alot of our problems. He handed out tax brakes right and left to big business. Offered them a larger tax break if they sent there jobs over seas

      Anyone with a quarter of a brain should know that if you cut jobs and raise prices that your going to kill the economy. Then of course the Republicans now scream because Obama didnt fix all of our problems over night even though Bush spent 8 years destroying our economy.

      One person said who would run our country another said the KKK I say sure why not? At least they will stop illegals and deal with them as they should be delt with. How many Mexicans will want to be here illegally and burn our flag in the streets if the KKK controls things?

      December 18, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. thizlewashington

    wanna know if god hates you?
    check and see if the most unlikely thing that could possibly happen took out your car and entire yard 😀

    November 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • steelgirl

      BAHAHAHAHAHA that comment just made my entire day.

      November 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MR

    achtung fiend!

    November 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BEAUTIFUL BLACK

    @ chas
    your response couldnt have been better!
    @ wowlfie
    dont be a hater all your life..... What I dont understand is how individuals like yourself try to blame everything going wrong in the U.S. on one man that has been in office for only 2 years but we had a man in office for 8 years that did nothing right at all... except for the rich! President Obama is not God and cannot work miracles. It is going to take much longer than 2 years for our country to get out of the mess that Bush put us in. Its sad that some people never gave him a chance and lables him as a failure when their the ones that have failed themselves by not making wise decisions and thinking this terrible economy could be fixed within 6 months.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • white

      couldn't havesaid it better.so true.we must blame our blunders on anyone but ourselves.

      November 4, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lightning Rod

    They just found Jimmy Hoffa!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daniela

    I fail to see the humor in any of this...it is very scary

    November 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orujam

      Humor & laughter are a surefire fix for the heebie jeebies, You wanna try it sometimes.

      November 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      A BIG hole SWALLOWED!

      November 4, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      My wife hasn't swallowed in 22 years.

      November 4, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • SpeedyGonzolez

      Hey John – now you know where she can go spit.

      November 4, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chad

    looks like someone dehungerized a little too much and fell down

    November 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. m

    o wow now i got a nice hole to make a brand new pool

    November 3, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • kbaredge126c

      I can't stop laughing at some of these responses. Thanks for the laughs, glad nobody was hurt.

      November 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jordan

    The bible tells us that in the last days there will earthquakes in various places. These are signs simply tellings us that Jesus is coming soon. I don't believe God is responsible for this, but is allowing the devil to do these things to show us what it is like with out His hand of mercy. Whether this was caused by underground water, or an earth quake, it is still telling us the same things. Get ready! This is a warning sign, lets get ready for the Greatest event that will ever hit this planet!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. isidro

    It is a reminder to people on earth from the "Almighty GOD" that don't tamper too much of his creation. It seems more and doesn't feel it is important and it doesn't sinks to their awareness in mind .The demonstration is a sink hole...

    November 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. J

    Humor yourself and read Revelations. This will explain everything to you. Specifically the part about Birthing Pains....hmm... volcanoes erupting everywhere, quakes, tsunamis, multiple huge "sink holes".... this isn't the norm.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • SpeedyGonzolez

      Right – not the norm – but still par for the course.

      November 4, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. SpeedyGonzolez

    I gave those cartel idiots explicit instructions for the tunnel to end in El Paso. Now I know what happened to the twelve trillion pesos I paid up front. I won't do that again. At least I can lay claim to the longest tunnel in the world and the cheapest. Now I need a PR guy to come up with a name and an ad campaign to get my dinero back.

    November 4, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. K.Bickers

    65ft sink hole really? And before they built house and serveyed the land there was no way to detect a hole or tunnel underneath? Something sounds fishy, what really was built down there?

    November 4, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kin huymeng

    wow, how come after i saw it , oh very afraid with this ....

    November 4, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
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