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Warped road caused by 'mystery underground movements'

By T.K. Randall
February 28, 2022 · Comment icon 16 comments

A road in the UK has become so warped that parts of it are now sitting at a 45-degree angle.
The anomalous damage, which has been reported on the B4069 near Lyneham in Wiltshire, England, has recently become the focus of a mystery that has left local authorities scratching their heads.

At a glance, the stretch of tarmac could easily be mistaken for the site of a major earthquake, with the road surface twisted and broken as if it were the aftermath of some geological catastrophe.

In reality, however, no earthquake has occurred.

Instead, local authorities have blamed the damage on "unexplained underground movements."
"It could costs hundreds of thousands or up into the millions [to repair the damage]," said Dr Mark McClelland of Wiltshire Council.

"There is significant damage to the road. It could be up to 12 months in total. It's not something that can be resolved in a matter of days or weeks."

"The underlying ground has slipped and we need to understand why that has happened. "

Incredibly, some motorists have continued to navigate the road despite police warnings.

An investigation by geotechnical specialists is currently underway.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (16)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Tatetopa 11 months ago
Sure its not the mole people trying to take over the surface world again?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 11 months ago
Looks like a landslip to me. Either that or Graboids.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jon the frog 11 months ago
Wiltshire is major shale gaz production region in the UK. They are fracking like madness out there, destroying the underground structure of the soil. Not surprising to see these effects on the surface when you have deep underground subsidence.
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin 11 months ago
Now that could explain it. I've heard of similar events happening elsewhere in some fracking locations.
Comment icon #11 Posted by jethrofloyd 11 months ago
Just the Tremors!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Saxman 11 months ago
Looks like half the roads in Staffordshire.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 11 months ago
Come to the states and you can play dodge the potholes.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Gumball 11 months ago
Phone the cooncil.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Bathtub 11 months ago
Fracking in the UK was put on hold in 2019 and the government won't be issuing new licences. There's no fracking taking place in Wiltshire at all - licences were issued in 2016 but no exploration or active fracking took place.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Jon the frog 11 months ago
Strange stuff it was a nice possibility but didn't follow the latest news of the hold. Nice that it's not fracking ! Probably landslip and road slip due to the heavy rains that they got even if It doesn't look like they have a lot of slope out there. They have some old marble and coal mines in the region tho.

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