A woman fell in a sinkhole today in the southern part of The Netherlands.
According to police the sinkhole was caused by an overload of water that came from the neighbors who left their sprinklers on while they were on
I know of more people who do this, but they usually have a timer on the sprinkler system. I've never heard of people going away for a couple of days
and just leave the water on. Anyway. Seems to be a common problem in the area. Sinkholes that is, not people leaving their sprinklers on...
Don´t know if the neighbours are to blame much. Over 20% of netherlands are below the sea level and 50% only 1 meter above sea level. Sea levels have
been rising due climate change and what keeps Netherlands dry is the dikes they build.
Netherland is sinking, its allready a lot under the sea level and land is washing away.
We have an underground river running under my property, it flows down the hill and comes out of springs. I've been watching the ground go down in
certain areas over the past twenty years. There are outcrops of rock coming up from a long way down, they will hold it, so I doubt if my yard will
slide across the road, but it could sink and sag a bit.
Google is such an interfering ass, and the translation is funny if you've had a drink or two. It looks like the area is somewhat unstable anyway and
built on a landfill. Developers do this all the time, and all the time there are problems. It looks like the neighbours helped out with this one.
Very unlikely indeed, there has never been a sinkhole in the Netherlands according to my knowledge, but it is said that if it is to occur, it will be
in Limburg or de achterhoek.
They do occur, in the Netherlands they call them snakeholes or Dolines, although I think in this case it is more likely a man made Faux Pas, but
still, groundwater is the main culprit.
This CNN video is a good explanation of what can happen, albeit this is about Florida, bear in mind that the still seen before you start the video is
just the hole, then you can see what could be underneath once the video starts.
The message for me is, don't hang about one to make movies.
Yes you're right, it is below sea level and the bottom consists of peaty soil.
Dikes keep the water out, but because i am living on the lowlands, i look at the dikes and see also a wall which prevents the water from flowing back
If a tsunami comes our way, i wonder if a big enough earthquake near Iceland is possible which will trigger a tsunami.
Scary thought, it will mean many thousands of victims.
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