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10 Of The Largest Sinkholes In The World

Inspired by the forty feet deep sinkhole that opened up underneath a Guatemalan woman's bed yesterday, check out ten of the biggest and most devastating sinkholes of the past thirty years. These cannot be unseen.

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  • 1. Qattara Depression, West of Cairo, Egypt

    Qattara Depression , West of Cairo, Egypt

    The largest natural sinkhole in the world, measuring 50 miles long by 75 miles wide.

  • 2. Berezniki, Russia

    Berezniki , Russia

    The Berezniki sinkhole first appeared in 1986 and grows every year. Currently, it's more than 200m (650ft) deep, 80m (260ft) long, and 40m (130ft) wide.

  • 3. Guatemala City (2007)

    Guatemala City (2007)

    100m (330ft) deep.

  • 4. Guatemala City (2010)

    Guatemala City (2010)

    18m (60ft) wide, 60m (200ft) deep.

  • 5. Texas Devil's Sinkhole

    Texas Devil's Sinkhole

    400ft deep, 40ft by 60ft opening.

  • 6. Sarisarinama Sinkholes, Venezuela

    Sarisarinama Sinkholes , Venezuela

    There's several, individual sinkholes, each over 350m (1148ft) in diameter and 350m deep.

  • 7. Bimmah, Oman

    Bimmah , Oman

    This large sinkhole is now a swimming destination.

  • 8. Agrico Gypsum Stack, Florida

    Agrico Gypsum Stack , Florida

    This 15-story deep sinkhole appeared under 80 million tons of gypsum stack toxic waste and caused several million dollars in cleanup costs.

  • 9. Macungie Sinkhole, Pennsylvania

    Macungie Sinkhole , Pennsylvania

    75ft wide by 35ft deep, emerged in a suburban neighborhood with aging water pipelines.

  • 10. Daisetta Sinkhole, Texas

    Daisetta Sinkhole , Texas

    600ft wide by 200ft deep, also in a suburban neighborhood.