A difficult but extremely interesting mission undertook the American photographer and diving instructor Troy Iloski, attempting to explore and photograph the Ancient Mayan sinkhole deep in the Mexican jungle.
On May 25th, a sinkhole appeared on the side of the Lungarno Torrigiani road running along the Arno River in Florence, Italy. The sinkhole spanned approximately 200 meters and dozens of parked cars fell into the hole.
On May 22nd, a sinkhole appeared near a busy intersection in Ruijin, a city in the Jiangxi privince of southeast China. Four cars and a tree fell into the sinkhole. Luckily, the cars were unoccupied and nobody was injured. The cause of this sinkhole is under investigation.
On Wednesday June 8th, a large sinkhole opened in the middle of Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa, Canada. The hole expanded and consumed three lanes of the road as well as the sidewalk and a parked minivan. Nobody was injured but many businesses in the area have been affected. Due to the ongoing construction of a new transit line under it, the street was open only to busses, taxis, and pedestrians which greatly decreased the amount of traffic on the street.
Two sinkholes in west Texas near the town of Wink are growing rapidly according to a study by Southern Methodist University led by professor Zhong Lu and researcher Jin-Woo Kim. The first sinkhole formed in 1980 and the second in 2002. Both are believed to be originally caused by extensive oil and gas extraction in the region from the 1920's through the 1960's.
Delays and cancellations continue to pile up for the London rail service as a sinkhole forms under one of the tracks between London Bridge and East Croydon. The hole is approximately 6 feet wide and 50 feet deep. Nearby sections of rail have been closed until the problem is addressed.
Earlier this month on August 2nd, a large sinkhole formed in the backyard of a country home in Ipswich, Australia. The home owners, retired couple Ray and Lynn McKay, have moved out while it is determined if the sinkhole will grow and endanger their home. The sinkhole has grown to 8 meters in diameter.
A neighbor alerted the McKay's of the sinkhole in the morning on August 2nd. At the time, the sinkhole measured only 1 meter across, but has since grown dramatically. Due to the amount of water it contains, local utility companies originally believed a water or sewer pipe had burst, but it was determined that there were no pipes in the area.
Authorities now believe that the sinkhole may have been caused by a collapse or flooding of abandoned mine shafts that are found throughout the area. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are working to repair the damage and return the McKays to their home.
Late last week, the Mosaic Company released a statement informing the people of Polk County, Florida that a sinkhole had formed on the grounds of a fertilizer plant they operate. They went on to say that over 215 million gallons of "slightly radioactive" water flowed into the sinkhole and subsequently into the local aquifer.