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Sinkhole swallows up everything in new video

Posted on Wednesday, 6 May, 2020 | Comment icon 10 comments

Fortunately nobody was killed. Image Credit: YouTube / SWNS
Footage recently captured in Kenya shows the moment a sinkhole begins to swallow up everything in sight.
The disturbing scene, which was filmed in Kericho on May 1st, shows the deadly and destructive power of a sinkhole as water, mud and even large amounts of grass disappear into the ground.

Various locals can be heard talking in the background - no doubt amazed at what they were seeing.

Sinkholes such as this have the potential to be extraordinarily dangerous - it's not difficult to image what might happen if a person was to venture too close.

It's also fortunate that this did not happen in a crowded area or underneath someone's house.
Sinkholes typically form when the surface sinks or collapses into cavities that have formed underground, usually due to processes of erosion taking place over large periods of time.

The same thing can also sometimes happen due to the presence of tunnels or mine shafts.

Exactly what caused this particular sinkhole to form however remains unclear.

You can check out the footage for yourself below.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam on 6 May, 2020, 11:37
I was watching a programme a while back about house being built in areas known for sinkholes. The properties are cheap and you take your chances. The O'lakes is a bit of a clue to get a survey, but people still take their chances.
Comment icon #2 Posted by DanL on 6 May, 2020, 12:03
It seems to be human nature to have a "It won't happen to me!" attitude about known threats. What you are saying is equally applicable for people that build huge cities right on the top of a known massively active fault zone. People build and live on the slopes and in the valleys below volcanoes. In New Orleans they build homes in holes 12 feet below sea-level right on the coast. When a storm came and wiped a lot of the homes out and killed a bunch of people we HELPED them rebuild right back in the bottom of those holes. We build in coastal areas where we KNOW tsunamis happen. ??? In some ways... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Iilaa'mpuul'xem on 6 May, 2020, 12:58
Pretty spectacular and frightening at the same time.  Reminds me of @third_eye at the dinner table.... 
Comment icon #4 Posted by acute on 6 May, 2020, 13:00
If this article includes a video of the incident, I can't find it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by moonman on 6 May, 2020, 14:16
Doesn't look that bad to me, I was expecting something gigantic, not just a hole in a river sucking down grass. It didn't expand at all.
Comment icon #6 Posted by OverSword on 6 May, 2020, 14:16
Whoever videoed that was way too close.  The ground for 30 meters in every direction could easily have opened.
Comment icon #7 Posted by jbondo on 6 May, 2020, 16:55
Well, the impression I got was these people were having the time of their lives. Sounded like a big celebration, like when we watch fireworks. I hear lots of laughing. I certainly wouldn't see it as a positive event, nor would I be laughing. And yes, they are far too close to it. It's no wonder  It's no wonder their birthrate is double that of the US and they can't feed everyone.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney on 6 May, 2020, 17:52
It's part of the separation of the Great Rift Valley so it's likely to get bigger.,_Kenya
Comment icon #9 Posted by Seti42 on 6 May, 2020, 20:29
Epic! No wonder we all have such fascinating mythologies. Although, I don't think I'd be standing within viewing distance of that...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Jon the frog on 11 May, 2020, 14:19
Well, someone with one of these would have done some crazy footage !

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