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Giant sinkholes

A sinkhole that has opened up is seen in The Villages, Florida, May 21, 2018. Marion County Sheriff's Office/via REUTERS

A sinkhole that has opened up is seen in The Villages, Florida, May 21, 2018. Marion County Sheriff's Office/via REUTERS

A sinkhole that has opened up is seen in The Villages, Florida, May 21, 2018. Marion County Sheriff's Office/via REUTERS
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Cars are seen in a large sinkhole on a street in Rome, Italy February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Cars are seen in a large sinkhole on a street in Rome, Italy February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Cars are seen in a large sinkhole on a street in Rome, Italy February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Pamela Knox waits for rescue after a massive sinkhole opened up underneath her car in Toledo, Ohio, July 3, 2013. Toledo firefighters later rescued Knox without major injuries. Fire officials told a local TV station that a water main break caused the large hole. 

REUTERS/Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld/Toledo Fire and Rescue/Handout via Reuters

Pamela Knox waits for rescue after a massive sinkhole opened up underneath her car in Toledo, Ohio, July 3, 2013. Toledo firefighters later rescued Knox without major injuries. Fire officials told a local TV station that a water main break caused the...more

Pamela Knox waits for rescue after a massive sinkhole opened up underneath her car in Toledo, Ohio, July 3, 2013. Toledo firefighters later rescued Knox without major injuries. Fire officials told a local TV station that a water main break caused the large hole. REUTERS/Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld/Toledo Fire and Rescue/Handout via Reuters
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A worker inspects a sinkhole that appeared after heavy rain outside a property in Sydney, Australia, February 8, 2017. 

REUTERS/David Gray

A worker inspects a sinkhole that appeared after heavy rain outside a property in Sydney, Australia, February 8, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

A worker inspects a sinkhole that appeared after heavy rain outside a property in Sydney, Australia, February 8, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray
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A man looks on as cars are seen stuck in a sinkhole that occurred in a parking area after heavy rainfall hit Haikou, Hainan province, China, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A man looks on as cars are seen stuck in a sinkhole that occurred in a parking area after heavy rainfall hit Haikou, Hainan province, China, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A man looks on as cars are seen stuck in a sinkhole that occurred in a parking area after heavy rainfall hit Haikou, Hainan province, China, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City, May 31, 2010. 

REUTERS/Casa Presidencial

A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City, May 31, 2010. REUTERS/Casa Presidencial

A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City, May 31, 2010. REUTERS/Casa Presidencial
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The collapsed area of a cycle lane is seen on Sao Conrado beach after heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 15, 2018. 

REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

The collapsed area of a cycle lane is seen on Sao Conrado beach after heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

The collapsed area of a cycle lane is seen on Sao Conrado beach after heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
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Emergency workers look at a large sinkhole in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Emergency workers look at a large sinkhole in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Emergency workers look at a large sinkhole in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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People stand next to a 24.9 metre (82 feet) diameter pit at a village in Guangyuan, Sichuan province, China, February 28, 2013. 

REUTERS/Stringer

People stand next to a 24.9 metre (82 feet) diameter pit at a village in Guangyuan, Sichuan province, China, February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

People stand next to a 24.9 metre (82 feet) diameter pit at a village in Guangyuan, Sichuan province, China, February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer
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Bystanders look at a car that has partially fallen into a small sinkhole along a street in Beijing, China, September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Bystanders look at a car that has partially fallen into a small sinkhole along a street in Beijing, China, September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Bystanders look at a car that has partially fallen into a small sinkhole along a street in Beijing, China, September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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People look at a collapsed section of Shunwai Road in Nanchang, China's Jiangxi province, April 25, 2007.  


REUTERS/China Daily

People look at a collapsed section of Shunwai Road in Nanchang, China's Jiangxi province, April 25, 2007. REUTERS/China Daily

People look at a collapsed section of Shunwai Road in Nanchang, China's Jiangxi province, April 25, 2007. REUTERS/China Daily
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A construction vehicle lies where it was swallowed by a sinkhole on Saint-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal, August 5, 2013. 


REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

A construction vehicle lies where it was swallowed by a sinkhole on Saint-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal, August 5, 2013. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

A construction vehicle lies where it was swallowed by a sinkhole on Saint-Catherine Street in downtown Montreal, August 5, 2013. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
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A man looks into a sinkhole which appeared in his fish pond in Guiping, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, March 29, 2016. 

REUTERS/Stringer

A man looks into a sinkhole which appeared in his fish pond in Guiping, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

A man looks into a sinkhole which appeared in his fish pond in Guiping, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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A section of the Summer Bay Resort lies collapsed after a large sinkhole opened on the property's grounds in Clermont, Florida, August 12, 2013. REUTERS/David Manning

A section of the Summer Bay Resort lies collapsed after a large sinkhole opened on the property's grounds in Clermont, Florida, August 12, 2013. REUTERS/David Manning

A section of the Summer Bay Resort lies collapsed after a large sinkhole opened on the property's grounds in Clermont, Florida, August 12, 2013. REUTERS/David Manning
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A giant sinkhole that swallowed several homes is seen in Guatemala City, February 23, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

A giant sinkhole that swallowed several homes is seen in Guatemala City, February 23, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

A giant sinkhole that swallowed several homes is seen in Guatemala City, February 23, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer
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A sinkhole is seen on the shore of the Dead Sea, Israel July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

A sinkhole is seen on the shore of the Dead Sea, Israel July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

A sinkhole is seen on the shore of the Dead Sea, Israel July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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An aerial view of the damaged Gran Marical de Ayacucho highway in the state of Miranda outside Caracas, December  1, 2010. REUTERS/Miranda Government

An aerial view of the damaged Gran Marical de Ayacucho highway in the state of Miranda outside Caracas, December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Miranda Government

An aerial view of the damaged Gran Marical de Ayacucho highway in the state of Miranda outside Caracas, December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Miranda Government
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Policemen check a collapsed section of a crossroad in Hefei, Anhui province, August 8, 2009. REUTERS/China Daily

Policemen check a collapsed section of a crossroad in Hefei, Anhui province, August 8, 2009. REUTERS/China Daily

Policemen check a collapsed section of a crossroad in Hefei, Anhui province, August 8, 2009. REUTERS/China Daily
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People look at a loaded truck that got stuck in a sinkhole on a road in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, January 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

People look at a loaded truck that got stuck in a sinkhole on a road in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

People look at a loaded truck that got stuck in a sinkhole on a road in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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People look at a large sinkhole on a street after a water pipe broke underneath it in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, October 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Stringer

People look at a large sinkhole on a street after a water pipe broke underneath it in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

People look at a large sinkhole on a street after a water pipe broke underneath it in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer
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