Sinkhole: swallowed alive? Not quite… York sinkhole cordoned off as authorities investigate cause of city center collapse

By Harry McCormack

We’ve all heard the horror stories of people losing their homes, being stranded in their cars when a sinkhole emerges. York has had their very own sinkhole problem, although it was merely a three-foot-wide hole that hasn’t caused any problems.

The hole opened up on the December 1st 2017 during early hours of the morning, close to the York Council Headquarters as Tanner road meets Toft Green. Workers rushed to the scene to ensure barriers were placed around and covering the hole to prevent any injuries by the natural disaster.

Yorkie reporter Adam Walsh visited the scene by the Grand Hotel, where tourists were filing past the hole apparently unfazed: “The worst thing about the hole was the bitter wind and the miserable weather, on the surface it doesn’t appear to have affected life in York – certainly on the surface at least.” One concern for the authorities was that the ‘chasm’ could affect water supplies or lead to damaged water mains.

One worker was at the scene awaiting specialist equipment to monitor the hole.

The British Geological Survey stated ‘Areas prone to sinkhole formation occur throughout the UK, although most are relatively small or are in upland rural locations.’

Sinkholes are normally caused when heavy weight on soft soil can cause a collapse in the ground, change in surfaces can also cause sinkholes.

But how would you know to spot a potential sinkhole? Our list will show you exactly what to look for:

  • – Fresh cracks in the foundations of houses and buildings
  • – Cracks in interior walls
  • – Cracks in the ground outside
  • – Depressions in the ground
  • – Trees or fence posts that tilt or fall
  • – Doors or windows become difficult to open or close
  • – Rapid appearance of a hole in the ground

The UK isn’t known for the largest of sinkholes, it being rare to have a sinkhole larger than a few dozen feet deep, whereas it appears non-existent in comparison to the colossal hole of Croatia, the hole in Red Lake was measured at 1,740ft, which to date is Europe’s largest sinkhole recorded.

Sinkhole in York

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