Sinkhole damage from around the world

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Massive Louisiana sinkhole contained

Sinkholes form as limestone gradually dissolves and collapses. See some of the most recent and largest sinkholes reported. See gallery

In Bayou Corne, La., a sinkhole has been widening since 2012, reaching some 25 acres, the New York Times reported.  The Times describes the discovery of the sinkhole: "in the predawn blackness of Aug. 3, 2012, the earth opened up — a voracious maw 325 feet across and hundreds of feet deep, swallowing 100-foot trees, guzzling water from adjacent swamps and belching methane from a thousand feet or more beneath the surface."

Now, more than a year after it appeared, the sinkhole is about 25 acres and still growing. It even has its "own Facebook page and its own groupies, conspiracy theorists who insist the pit is somehow linked to the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles south and the earthquake-prone New Madrid fault 450 miles north," the Times reports.

In this photo: A truck hauling dirt rides along a berm set up to contain the sinkhole.

See related graphic:  How limestone sinkholes form

Watch related video:  Montreal sinkhole swallows backhoe

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Louisiana sinkhole: Stay put or move?

In this June 27 photo, contractors use a vacuum truck to clean up crude oil that has risen to the surface of the sinkhole in Bayou Corne, La. Neighbors in the tiny community face a wrenching decision: Do they stay put or should they pack up and move? The sinkhole resulted from a collapsed underground salt dome cavern about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge. After oil and natural gas came oozing up and acres of swampland liquefied into muck, the community’s 350 residents were advised to evacuate

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Car dives into Philly sinkhole

Workmen view a car with its front end in a sinkhole July 30 in Philadelphia.  PVI-TV reported the sinkhole opened up overnight on a street in the city's Hunting Park section, with the front of the car falling in the hole the following morning.

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Sinkhole near Albuquerque

Work crews look over a sinkhole 20 miles west of Albuquerque, N.M.  in the median of Interstate 40 on Sept. 13.

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Montreal sinkhole swallows backhoe

A sinkhole opened up in downtown Montreal on Aug. 5. Measuring about 26 feet long and 16 feet wide, the cavernous maw partially swallowed a backhoe at the intersection of Guy and St.-Catherine streets.

Borough spokeswoman Emilie Miskdjian told the Canadian Broadcasting Company that the hole opened as city work crews started working on a suspected sewer pipe leak that had occurred over the weekend.

Business owners in the Ville Marie neighborhood of Montreal told the CBC that the sewer problem had gone unaddressed by the city for at least a week.

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Tanker upended after cave-in in China

People look at a tanker after it fell into a caved-in area on a road in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, July 27. No casualties were reported in the accident, according to local media.

Reuters Photo: Daniel LeClair
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Tropical Storm Agatha leaves a gaping hole in Guatemala

The rains of Tropical Storm Agatha caused a giant sinkhole in Guatemala City in June 2010. Collapsed roads and highway bridges complicated rescue efforts after the storm drenched Central America, burying homes under mud and killing at least 175 people.

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Road repair in China

Workers repair a cave-in area on a road in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, May 27, 2012. The cave-in measured about 20 feet deep, 50 feet long and 33 feet wide. No casualties were reported, according to local media.

Reuters Photo: Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld
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Rescued from a sinkhole in Ohio

A Toledo, Ohio, firefighter rescues Pamela Knox after a massive sinkhole opened up underneath her car on July 3. Fire officials told a local TV station that a water main break caused the large hole.

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Deadly cave-in accident in China

Rescue workers carry out the body of a victim in a road cave-in accident in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, May 21.

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