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Strange sinkhole opens up on French beach

By T.K. Randall
February 2, 2018 · Comment icon 5 comments
Visitors to the French seaside resort of Nice have been left puzzled by the hole's sudden appearance.
Measuring five meters wide, two meters deep and filled with brackish water, the mysterious crater appeared on the beach on February 1st and has since become a topic of heated debate online.

Some have speculated that the hole, which is situated along the famous Promenade des Anglais, could be some sort of volcanic phenomenon while others have blamed a falling meteorite.

According to local authorities however, it is not only harmless but has also appeared before.

"No worries, it's a natural phenomenon that happens four times a year," said Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi. "And for journalists - no, the tram [which runs underneath] did not make a detour."

It turns out that such holes are caused by layers of sand shifting due to the weight of the pebbles.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by stereologist 6 years ago
If this were 2012 the explanation would be an impending impact from planet X.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Noxasa 6 years ago
I'm surprised it's not blamed on Anthropological Global Warming...everything else is...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney 6 years ago
Like what? 
Comment icon #4 Posted by UFOwatcher 6 years ago
I always stay away from sinkholes. I just don't trust the stability of the soil/sand around them. Same with cliffs... But I do like looking in or over them.... I was on one when the 'overhang' started giving away. lucky the drop was short, no damage but 'lesson learned'. Let the more adventurist in the group try it out....
Comment icon #5 Posted by TripGun 6 years ago
Sinkhole at the beach sounds like a skin flick.

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