Russian city being ‘eaten alive’ by epidemic of sinkholes

April 10, 2013RUSSIAThey may look like stills from an apocalyptic horror film, but these images have become a daily reality for residents in a Russian city. Citizens of Samara, in south east Russia, live in fear of the ground literally disappearing beneath them after huge sinkholes have started to appear all over their city, leaving devastation in their wake. The yawning underground caverns are all believed to have sprung up in recent weeks swallowing cars, buses and claiming at least one life. The sinkholes, some large enough to swallow an entire truck, are believed to have been caused by ground subsidence. It is thought the holes have been caused as ice thaws and melts into the ground, with the excess water causing soil decay underneath Samara’s roads. The massive craters have appeared in car parks, busy intersections, by the sides of roads, and on major and minor thoroughfares. It is believed at least one person has lost their life as a result of one of the crashes caused by the sinkholes. The citizens of the city have now signed a petition urging authorities to find a solution. Sinkholes are common hazards in mining regions, plaguing areas where miners have burrowed into layers of soluble minerals and accidental floods have followed. But natural sinkholes can take thousands of years to form and vary in size. They are usually the result of what are known as Karst processes, which occur when a layer of rock such as limestone underneath the ground is dissolved by acidic water. Typically rainfall seeps through the soil, absorbing carbon dioxide and reacting with decaying vegetation. As a result, the water that reaches the soluble rock is acidic. The acidic water then erodes the soluble rock layers beneath the surface creating cavernous spaces. Then, when it is no longer supported because of the cavity below, the soil or sand over the limestone collapses into a sinkhole. The collapse of the surface can happen suddenly or over a few hours. Heavy rainfall or poor drainage systems can trigger a collapse. Citizens in Berezniki, Russia, have also been plagued by sinkholes. Census data, though, shows that about 12,000 people left the town between 2005 and 2010, after a number of holes opened up. They are also common in Florida, America.  Jeff Bush, 37, was swallowed into a sinkhole and killed while he slept in his bed in February in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. –Daily Mail
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16 Responses to Russian city being ‘eaten alive’ by epidemic of sinkholes

  1. Joy Thompson says:

    Very curious. Evidently the United States doesn’t have any of these “natural” sinkholes. Their’s are all caused by hydraulic fracking for oil.


  2. juju says:

    Earth wants to EAT us all alive, like get rid of termite …. I don’t blame it…..


  3. Irene C says:

    Whether natural or man made, it’s interesting that these sinkholes seem to be plaguing the entire planet.


  4. Jeff says:

    Whatever the reason they’re becoming epedemic like mass animal deaths.


  5. vicki says:

    there are a lot of sink holes in Missouri


  6. Digi says:

    I am sorry but I had to laugh at that video. Was that to demonstrate how deep it was or was to to show how stupid that guy was.


  7. nickk0 says:


    This seems to be a somewhat ‘new’ phenomenon.
    What I mean is…. I know that the geologic process that create sinkholes, have been going on, since humanity… But it is still odd, that so many ‘sinkhole’ stories are making the news in the last couple of years.


  8. After Jesus came into my life a few years ago, and I received the Holy Spirit, I’ve had some prophetic dreams. (Joel 2:28, Hebrews 1:1-2). This was, I believe was the first one…

    The Earth was off its axis, and wobbling… It also seemed it could fall down through the sky. It was frightening. I didn’t understand the meaning at the time, but it felt important, that I was being told something… Only now, months later, I understand from the Word of God. Isaiah 24 tells of Coming JUDGEMENT on the Earth…

    v 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard,
    And shall totter like a hut;
    Its transgression shall be heavy upon it,
    And it will fall…

    The pits and shakings of Isaiah 24:17-18 make me think of sinkholes and earthquakes…I believe the LORD, in His mercy, gave me this dream as a warning to us all… We need to be Wise and Ready… Revelation 3:11 “Behold, I come quickly…”


  9. Sam says:

    Lets not forget the tsunami that took hundreds of thousands lives, earthquakes, Katrina, it’s everywhere. These are God’s warnings that if people don’t change their ways, more and worse things will continue. I’m afraid it’s too late. Unless people get on their knees and pray, nothing will get better.


    • Joy Thompson says:

      I agree. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. THE EFFECTIVE, FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILS MUCH.” (emphasis mine). “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced it’s fruit. (We might as well add, while we’re at it): “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:13-20.


    • Doug says:

      Preach it Sam, I think your on to something!


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