Baltimore sinkhole that 'looked like a landslide' swallows cars, walls – and a street
Area had been drenched by torrential rainfall in recent days
Thursday 01 May 2014
A giant sinkhole has swallowed cars, walls, pavements and part of a street running along a whole block in Baltimore.
No one was injured when it appeared on Wednesday but homes were evacuated amid fears they would slide into the chasm.
The sinkhole was so large that many people mistook it for a landslide.
The Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said emergency services cordoned off the area around 26th Street and train services were suspended because the railway was covered in debris.
“We’re extremely blessed that we're talking about property damage and damage to the streets and not any loss of life,” she added.
The Mayor said she would “take a look” at claims that residents had previously raised concerns about the street.
Multiple vehicles lie at the bottom of a landslide after heavy rains caused a street to give way in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 30, 2014. Authorities were trying to keep curious members of the public away while they towed cars teetering on the brink to firm ground.
Some of the homes date back to the 1890s and were being tested for structural safety.
Baltimore, in the state of Maryland, had been drenched by days of torrential downpours, raising the risk of landslides and flash flooding.
Storms and flooding that battered the UK earlier this year led to a spate of incidents across the country.
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
- 5 Teen suffers embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in front of deputy PM
Which country would be hardest to invade?
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
UK weather: Severe weather warning for snow and torrential rain over bank holiday weekend
Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...
£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...