A young mother grabbed her newborn baby and fled after her home just seconds before it vanished into a massive hole.
Anastasia Tatarnikov, 28, thought she was running from an earthquake, but according to emergency officials the massive sinkhole had appeared as a result of mining work in the city of Ridder in eastern Kazakhstan.
In total 120 homes have been listed as being at risk and 480 people have been evacuated.
This situation is one of my top 5 fears. My husband thinks I'm paranoid, but obviously the fear is founded. Just imagine if it had happened while they slept.
Glad they're alright. Got lucky (as lucky as as anyone who just lost a home can be)
Are they mining right under these people or what?
Nearly 500 miners evacuated...
Ust-Kamenogorsk. April 7 (Interfax-Kazakhstan) – Altyn-Tau Vostok LLP, part of Kazzinc, evacuated miners after a house collapsed down a mine shaft in the area of the Ridder Sokolny underground mining site in Ridder city, East-Kazakhstan region. No casualties have been reported. "480 miners have been evacuated. The mine operation has been suspended," the regional Department of Emergency said on Friday. A 110-meter deep sinkhole goes down to the 11th mine level. "The hole diameter has expanded to 55 meters. 120 houses in the vicinity of the sinkhole have been cordoned off and residents accommodated in an evacuation center in N7 school," according to the statement. East-Kazakhstan information center reports that the examination of the mine showed that the collapse was caused by the damaged overlying rock of the Bystrushinsk mine.
Surprising as these things even if on top of a mine shouldn't have collapsed.
Glad the lady and the baby survived
reply to post by NiteNGale2
So I assume this is one of those cases of you own the land but not the mineral rights. That is the dumbest law I've ever heard of but it's common where I live. If you're going to buy land make sure you get mineral rights. If your not buying (like this lady), make sure they can't blast underneith your house. I guess realtors and property managers have to add an entire new clause to their paperwork - just in case.