Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stretch Zones? Pole Shift? Sink Holes All Across The Globe.

DOVER, Ohio — State and federal experts were examining the site of a massive sinkhole on Thursday, trying to determine what caused it and how it can be repaired.

The collapse happened along State Highway 516 just west of Dover.  It took the westbound lane of the two-lane highway with it into a lake from which a family owned asphalt company has been dredging sand and gravel for years.
Some estimate the size of the gaping hole as big as several football fields wide.
The site attracted dozens of spectators on Thursday who could hardly describe what they were seeing.
“I’m not sure what to make of it.  I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life,” said Jennifer Smith of Dover, who was there with her young daughter and husband, Jesse, who was worried that the hole might grow even larger.
The collapse happened in a matter of moments at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday.


Massive Sinkhole Still Growing – Ohio: 4 Football Fields Long, Shuts Down 8 Mile Stretch Of Road

Another massive sinkhole has emerged, this time outside of Dover, Ohio. According to WTOV9, emergency crews have been forced to close down an 8-mile stretch along a road in Tuscarawas County because of the rapidly growing monster.

Officials said the sinkhole is 30-feet deep and as long as four...

Man barely escapes as car plunges into Washington sinkhole

A man got out of his car just before it fell into a huge sinkhole in the middle of a La Center road early Saturday.

Just before 2 a.m., 47-year-old James Sandvik of La Center was driving down Northeast Charity Road when his car got stuck on the edge of a ravine that was caused by a wash out.

Sandvik got out of the car with minor injuries just before it plunged over the edge. The car then washed more than 1000 feet away as water continued to pour through a broken pipe caused by a plugged colvert, said Sgt. Alex Schoening with the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

The hole is at the 31000 block of NE Charity road, which connects to Lockwood Creek Road and runs south to Battle Ground. Traffic is detoured three miles and the road is expected to be closed for a long time.

Authorities urge drivers to avoid the area if possible.

Louisiana Sinkhole ‘Burps’. Official: Earth moved under giant sinkhole for 4 minutes straight – Before Crude oil disgorged “the water level dropped by about 6 inches”…

BAYOU CORNE, LA (WAFB) – Officials with the Assumption Parish Police Jury say the giant Louisiana sinkhole in Bayou Corne “burped” around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. A few trees in the southwest corner of the sinkhole fell in during the event and vegetative debris and hydrocarbons came up from below the sinkhole. Texas-Brine removed all crews from the sinkhole and is checking the boom surrounding the area to make sure everything is intact

WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Nov 19, 2012

 Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

Huge sinkhole opens up in Windermere neighborhood

A huge sinkhole has opened up in one Windermere neighborhood and has residents on alert.
Officials said the hole is over 50 feet wide and 10 feet deep, but it isn't threatening any homes on Wax Berry Court.
An engineer is at the scene, trying to determine if the hole is getting bigger.
"Big [and] deep. The walls of the septic tank are hanging right there," said homeowner Paul Padfield.
Padfield didn't notice anything strange when he took his 8-year-old son Alex to school Monday morning, but he said they came home to the sinkhole.
Padfield said the view from his home has changed dramatically.
"There are dents all over the place. You've got little sinkholes all over," Padfield said.
Engineers said they spent Monday afternoon measuring the sinkhole and looking for shifts in the ground.

by Khan, Ning



Stretch zone incidents - where rock pulls apart or snaps, creating booms and vibrations and hums, dropping bridges that lose their moorings or snapping gas and water mains, or creating sinkholes or crevasses - are not considered earthquake incidents. Quakes occur when rock borders slide along each other or push under one another, creating a jolt or a series of jolts. Stretch zone accidents  only happen when major plate movement is occurring, and are usually silent so do not get the attention that jolting earthquakes get. A bridge slips off its mooring and is attributed to heavy trucks or poor construction. A sinkhole appears and is attributed to ground water erosion. A building implodes and is attributed to settling, even though the building may have been there for centuries.

Mexico giant earth cracks, 3rd time in weeks: House swallowed, people panic

""It felt like an earthquake, everything moved, the ground started to open. We got scared because we saw the house as it collapsed. We were outside, saw the house collapsing and ran."
This is not the first, but one of many occurrences of this type in Mexico, which is definitely in a stretch zone.
For example, on Sunday, July 1, 2012, a gigantic crack opened in the earth in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato. The land suddenly sank creating a crack about 13 ft. (4 m) wide by 196 ft. (60 m) deep, and 9 miles (15 km) long. Another hole also opened to one side of the first crack. It was so deep that the bottom of it could not be seen."
Mexico land cracks up; house swallowed, people panic

Mexico; house swallowed

Are the Earth's poles shifting in 2012?

Pole shift refers to a geological phenomena in which the Earth's outermost layers move together as one piece.
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Some say the world will end in fire; some say ice. Lately, screenwriters and apocalypse enthusiasts have preferred natural cataclysms as their world-killers. As for when the end will arrive, those folks who claim to be in the know have an affinity for stamping 2012 as the Earth's sell-by date.
Why 2012? The answer traces back to true believers' interpretations (and reinterpretations) of Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce and various other ambiguous and nonscientific sources. Some armchair eschatologists have narrowed the expiration date further, to Dec. 21, 2012 -- when, they argue, the Mayan Long Count calendar ends its 5,125-year cycle. However, experts agree that the Mayans themselves did not believe that the world would end on this date, so feel free to buy green bananas on Dec. 19, 2012 [source:MacDonald].
The lack of scientific evidence for the coming apocalypse hasn't deterred believers from trotting out scientific theories to serve as evidence of imminent mass destruction. One of the most remarkable ideas they've chosen to flog is the pole shift hypothesis, in which the Earth's crust and mantle (or outermost layers) move as one piece. Pole shift might send the poles sliding toward the equator, swing North America poleward or produce any arrangement that might result from turning a globe in your hands.
People have been batting around some version of the pole shift hypothesis since at least the mid-19th century and, although many of the scientific questions it attempted to answer have since been addressed by plate tectonics, it's rooted solidly in physics. Plate tectonics and pole shifts interact and are governed by the same forces, but pole shifts, in which the outer shell of the world moves as one piece, produce very different results than plate tectonics, in which pieces of the Earth's crust bump, grind and slide -- opening seas, building mountain ranges and rearranging continents.
If a large pole shift could happen suddenly, the redistribution of land and water it caused would be nothing short of cataclysmic. In the short term, it would mean earthquakes, strange weather patterns, massive tsunamis capable of drowning parts of continents, and possibly gaps in the planet's magnetic field -- our shield against harmful cosmic rays. In the long term, the redistribution of land and water in the tropics, subtropics and poles would fundamentally alter ocean currents and the heat balance of the Earth, resulting in widespread climatological shifts. Ice caps might melt and reform elsewhere, or remain melted, driving sea levels down or up.
All of which returns us to the question: Could such a catastrophic shift occur, and if so, will it happen in 2012? We'll tell you next -- if the world doesn't end before you click to the next page.

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