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March 2013:People stand beside an enormous hole in the ground in Guangyuan, a village in southwest China's Sichuan province. The hole currently measures 24.9 metres in diameter and  residents fear the pit will continue to grow until it starts swallowing nearby houses.

People stand beside an enormous hole in the ground in Guangyuan, a village in southwest China's Sichuan province. The hole currently measures metres in diameter and residents fear the pit will continue to grow until it starts swallowing nearby houses.

Tampa area man swallowed by sinkhole.  there was no bedroom left," Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico said. "There was no furniture. All he saw was a piece of the mattress sticking up.   the sinkhole is about 30 feet across but officials say the sinkhole spreads to about 100 feet across below the surface.    "The entire house is on the sinkhole,"

Tampa area man swallowed by sinkhole

Sinkhole first appeared in January 2010, and by June had grown to 492 feet wide and 164 feet deep.  Hunan Province, China

Giant sinkholes

Local residents look at a sinkhole near Qingquan primary school in Dachegnqiao town of Ningxiang, Hunan province, on June The hole, 150 meters feet) wide and 50 meters feet) deep, first appeared in January and has destroyed 20 houses so far

A local resident throws a stone into a sinkhole near Qingquan primary school in Dachegnqiao town, Hunan province, on June 15, 2010. No causalities had been reported and the reason for the appearance of the hole remains unclear.

A local resident throws a stone into a sinkhole near Qingquan primary school in Dachegnqiao town, Hunan province, on June No causalities had been reported and the reason for the appearance of the hole remains unclear.

The 20-meter wide sinkhole that has appeared in front of Zhang Fengrong's home in Sichuan Province, China

Hemel Hempstead sinkhole video: Seventeen homes evacuated after 35 feet wide chasm appears in garden

The wide sinkhole that has appeared in front of Zhang Fengrong's home in Sichuan Province, China

Sinkholes around the world - in pictures

Sinkholes around the world - in pictures

Sinkhole gallery: The site of a huge cave in Guangdong Province, China - 28 Jan 2013

Truck in sinkhole, China

30ft sinkhole swallows truck

A truck driver in China found himself in a precarious situation after his vehicle was swallowed up by the ground in the latest sinkhole incident.

Alaska Earthquake March 27, 1964. Fissures in Seward Highway near The Alaska Railroad station at Portage, at the head of Turnagain Arm. Many bridges were also damaged. At some places, tectonic subsidence and consolidation of alluvial materials dropped both highway and railroad below high-tide levels. Photo by U.S. Army. Figure 27, U.S. Geological Survey Professional paper 541. #earthquake #disruption #cracking

Alaska Earthquake March Fissures in Seward Highway near The Alaska Railroad station at Portage, at the head of Turnagain Arm.

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