Police in Madera, California, have shared a video of the moment a gigantic crater opened up in the middle of a street north of Fresno.
It was a 15-by-20-foot sinkhole formed a crater in the road, with entire chunks of the road falling into a sewage line.
The City of Madera Police Department captured the incredible incident on camera and stated in a Facebook post the area will remain closed for repairs for an “extended” period of time.
Although the exact cause behind the sinkhole is unknown, the department said “it is likely due to the recent rains.”
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Sinkholes are a result of a natural geologic phenomenon when soft rocks such as limestone, gypsum or salt beds erode due to frequent exposure to groundwater.
Although these craters form all over the world, it’s common in regions where the rock below the land surface is soluble.
“Around 20 percent of the U.S. lies in areas susceptible to sinkhole events,” according to USGS. “The most damage from sinkholes tends to occur in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.”
Even though the one in Madera didn’t cause any harm or other damage, sinkholes can be dangerous and in some cases, life-threatening.
Last July, a woman in Kentucky died after her vehicle fell into a sinkhole measuring approximately 60 feet wide and 20 feet deep.
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