What causes sinkholes like this to open up so rapidly? Anyone? This latest example is reported by The Local:
A large sinkhole opened up overnight in the middle of residential area in Thuringia [Germany], sucking a nearby car and part of a garage into its depths and forcing authorities to evacuate residents, police said on Monday.
The crater, measuring some 40 by 15 metres, appeared in the town of Schmalkalden around 3 am, a police spokesperson said. A nearby resident heard the noise and called police.
The hole is believed to be some 20 metres deep, she added.
No-one was injured in the incident, but another vehicle near the hole is in danger of falling into the hole…
[continues at The Local]