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They began appearing last week – massive, mysterious craters on a hill in Quebec City. “I’ve lived here 30 years, it’s a mystery,” said resident Edwin Richard. About 40 sinkholes between five and eight meters wide began eating out a hill in the Charlebourg borough. They’re so big, they’ve put nearby homes in danger. On Friday, experts were on hand to try to figure out what’s causing the craters. “We have a problem here, it’s not possible to say the cause,” said city engineer Marcilio Gama Coehlo. “We spoke to specialists at the ministry and at the university – they have no idea,” said city engineer Daniel Lessard. The only thing they do know is that the hill used to be the site of a sand pit. For now, the only thing they can do is more tests. “We’re using radars and sonar equipment to see what’s happening under the soil,” Richard said. While the tests continue, roughly 40 people have been told to leave their homes. Eighteen residents have been taken in by the Red Cross. Others have stayed, despite the city’s warnings. “It’s at their own risk if they stay. We tell them to go but it’s their choice,” said city spokesperson Francois Moisan. “We saw these holes in 1976, just not as big,” said resident Andree Bourget.
It depends on the cause of the sinkhole. Sinkholes related to manmade activity like old mines collapsing, broken water mains, etc, may not need any unusual weather to form.
Originally posted by TheCoffinman
Now maybe there is something to these holes in the ground. couple weeks ago a hole showed up in new jersey. Remember all those giant sinkholes coming out of nowhere? All kinds of other weird weather and events coinciding with these holes, they all began about the same time.