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11 disastrous sinkholes

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Here’s 11 shocking sinkholes from around the world, including Neath. 

sink hole in St Albans

The evil brother to the pothole, a sinkhole occurs when rock underneath the surface layer is dissolved by acidic water.

In 2016 there were more than one million potholes recorded on UK roads, which caused over £3 million in damage to cars. 

This visualisation shows you just how deep the problem is. And trust us, it’s pretty deep.

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 1. Devastating damage 

This sinkhole swallowed not only the road, but the some of the surrounding tower blocks as well.

2. That sinking feeling 

When you look out of your window and your car has disappeared into the earth.

3. Rock and a hard place 

We think this warrants the use of the hard shoulder.

4. A sinkhole in one 

This sinkhole opened up in Manchester after torrential rain.

5. Speedy repair 

Work forces in Japan repaired this giant hole in the road within just seven days.

6. Little dead Corvette

Some of these Corvettes were saved, but they cost millions to repair.

7. Chasm in California 

Luckily no one was driving past.

8. At least it didn't eat the whole car 

This sinkhole bit off more than it could chew. 

 9. Sinkhole in suburbia 

When residents heard a rumble in the night, they didn’t realise they would be waking up to this.

10. Double whammy

This biker might have trouble getting to his destination.

11. What lies be-Neath 

...Not a lot. It’s not exactly on the same scale as Japan, but enough to close this road in Neath for a while.

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