The Guatemala City Sinkhole
Guatemala has big problems with sinkholes that are caused by the country’s numerous volcanos. This is a picture of a sinkhole that opened up on May 30, 2010.
The sinkhole, which took mere seconds to form, is 18 meters (nearly 60 feet) wide and 100 meters (328 feet) deep.
It is also in the middle of Guatemala City. Unfortunately, the sinkhole caused serious damage, including one poor resident’s home being swallowed in addition to a three-story building.
Thor’s Well, America
Thor’s Well, or as some people like to call it, a ‘gate to hell’ is a mysterious sinkhole, which is located in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area along the coast of Oregon. It seems that no matter how much water goes into the hole it can never be filled up.
This ‘drainpipe of the Pacific’ does present unpredictable dangers, but in 2017 only three incidents were reported. The people involved suffered only cuts and bruises after being hit by waves and pushed against sharp volcanic rock.
The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
This sinkhole, officially known as the Darvaza gas crater, is located in Turkmenistan.
It earned its spooky moniker “the door to Hell” because of the boiling mud and flames found in the large crater, which is 70 meters (230 feet) wide. It is predicted the hole’s flames will be burning for another 50 years.
It is thought the sinkhole was caused by Soviet engineers in 1971 when they hit a gigantic underground gas cavern which in turn collapsed while prepping a drilling operation.
Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada
The Diavik diamond mine is located near Yellowknife in northern Canada. Since it began operations in 2003 Diavik has consistently produced 1,588 kilograms (3,500 pounds) of diamonds yearly.
Diavik is also one of the world’s largest sources of gdiamonds. Over $1.3 billion (CAD) was spent on the infrastructure of the mine, making it the most substantial investment in mining history. The mine can be reached only by plane because of the region’s long and extreme winters.