Monster sinkhole that swallowed Kansas pasture turns tourist attraction… and it’s getting bigger
- Sinkhole near Sharon Springs, Kansas, is 90 feet deep and measures 200 feet across
PUBLISHED: 04:43 GMT, 4 August 2013 | UPDATED: 04:46 GMT, 4 August 2013
Residents in western Kansas are being warned to watch their step after a gigantic sinkhole opened up overnight this week in the area, swallowing an entire pasture.
In a shocking development that has left many in the area scratching their heads, the Wallace County Sheriff’s officials say the enormous 90-feet-deep chasm measuring 200 across feet has since continued spreading, gobbling up more land.
The freak sinkhole has left many people in the rural area on edge while drawing others to gape at the odd phenomenon north of Sharon Springs.
Freak sinkhole: This massive chasm opened up seemingly overnight near Sharon Springs in western Kansas
Awe-inspiring: The monster pit is 90 feet deep and measures 200 feet across
Growing: Cracks surrounding the sinkhole suggest that it is expanding
Ravenous: The gigantic hole swallowed Dalton Hoss’ large pasture
A few days ago, Dalton Hoss first noticed cracks in the ground on his property. A short time later, his meadow was gone, replaced by a gigantic pit in the ground.
‘Actually, my brother found it. He called me up and his voice was quaking and he said, “You’ll never believe what I just saw,"’ Hoss told the station KWCH.
Sheriff Larry Townsend said the void is surrounded by cracks, suggesting that it is getting bigger, and at this time, there is no telling when it will stop expanding.
Mystery: No one knows what caused the ground to open up or when the sinkhole is going to stop expanding
Act of God? There are no oil wells or irrigation wells in the area that could have caused the sinkhole to open up
Local attraction: Visitors have been flocking to the area to take a peek at the awe-inspiring pit
‘Man had nothing to do with this. This is a God thing,’ the sheriff stated. ‘ There’s no oil well around here, there are no irrigation wells anywhere near. This is something that just happened.’
It remains unknown what caused the ground to open up in the first place, or how to prevent the sinkhole from swallowing more land. Experts are set to visit the site in the coming days to examine the ground.
No injuries have been reported in connection to the sinkhole so far, but concerns have been raised that people who have been flocking to the site to catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring tourist attraction may be putting themselves in harm’s way.
Hoss is attempting to prevent curious visitors from approaching the yawning chasm on his land for their safety.
Professional help: Experts are set to visit the site in the coming days to examine chasm
Safety concerns: The owner of the land is attempting to prevent curious visitors from approaching the pit for fear that they might get hurt
There have been several incidents in recent months involving larger-than-life sinkholes. In July, a chasm in Toledo, Ohio, swallowed a woman’s car as she was driving. Luckily, she was able to escape the vehicle alive.
In May, a New Jersey man was killed when the ground opened up beneath the warehouse where he worked.
Earlier this year, a Florida resident perished under similar circumstances when a giant chasm swallowed his home while he was sleeping inside.
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Kansas Sinkhole Becomes Tourist Attraction After Swallowing Pasture [VIDEO]
By Megan Taros, Aug 04, 2013 11:32 AM EDT
(PHOTO CREDIT: Screenshot) A large sinkhole opened overnight in Western Kansas, swallowing an entire pasture. It is unknown when the hole will stop growing.
Residents of Sharon Springs, Kansas were shocked to wake up one morning to find a pasture had been swallowed by a sinkhole. The hole appeared suddenly during the week and now measures 200 feet across at 90 feet deep — and growing. Residents reported seeing cracks in their land a few days prior to the hole caving in, the Daily Mail reported.
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Sheriff Larry Townsend said the monster-sized hole also has cracks around its edges, indicating that it will get bigger in the coming days. The area has been declared dangerous, but the mystery hole has drawn loads of visitors since it first appeared, the Examiner reported. Dalton Hoss, one resident who noticed cracks on his land prior to the development of the hole, has tried to curtain visitors and coax them away for their safety.
It is unclear what caused the hole, but officials believe it wasn’t due to manmade structures. The area currently lacks any big infrastructure that could have created the conditions for the hole formation. No injuries have been reported.
“Man had nothing to do with this. This is a God thing," the sheriff stated. “There’s no oil well around here, there are no irrigation wells anywhere near. This is something that just happened."
This isn’t the first instance of a large sinkhole suddenly appearing in recent months. A woman’s car was swallowed by a sinkhole as she was driving in Toledo, Ohio last month. She managed to escape the large chasm. A New Jersey man wasn’t so lucky as he was killed by a sinkhole opened beneath him at a warehouse where he worked in May.