Sinkholes exist all over the earth but none of them are as scary and imposing as these six depicted here. These six deep and terrifying sinkholes can well cause nightmares. No 6 especially is a shocking disaster.
1 Deans Sink Hole Bahamas
You wouldn’t want to swim in this sinkhole as it is the second largest and one of the most dangerous sinkholes in the world. A salt water sink hole it exists just off Clarence town in Long Island, the Bahamas.
Lying very close to land just in the bay, it has an incredible depth of 660 feet. The radius of this sinkhole is 115 feet wide. As bizarre and dangerous as it looks, it is one of the most enticing spots in the Bahamas.
2 Mt Baldy Indiana
Now this is one weird sinkhole because it opened up among sand dunes and actually looks like a cave. Mt baldy has a major portion covered in sand dunes and is in close proximity to Lake Michigan. In fact Mt Baldy is actually a large sand dune and is constantly shifting so much so it is called a living dune. Sinkholes started appearing in the dune in 2013, the largest of which was 11 feet and it almost swallowed a child. It took rescuers three hours to pull him out.
3 Ice Cube Neutrino Telescope Sinkhole
This is an extremely interesting sink hole that was man-made but dangerous no less. The ice cube neutrino observatory is actually a neutrino telescope created deep under the ice by researchers at the Amundsen –scot South Pole station in Antarctica. It has a depth of 1.5 miles and was created by digging heated pipes into the ice. Thousands of sensors exist in the telescope constructed under the ice.
Here’s another shot of the neutrino sink hole that was constructed in 2010. It was made for the purpose of studying neutrinos. 28 neutrinos were actually discovered in 2013 and research found that their origins were form beyond our solar system
4 Great Blue Hole, Belize
Jacques Cousteau once remarked that this was one of the best sinkholes on earth for scuba diving. The great blue hole is a giant submarine hole located just off the coast of Belize. Its specific location is the center of the atoll called Lighthouse reef and has a huge radius of 984 feet wide. That’s really gigantic. The depth of this massive wide hole is 354 feet deep.
Stalactite Analysis of underground caverns in the great blue hole found it was formed as far as 153,000 years ago. The hole was made famous by none other than Cousteau who researched the origins and nature of the hole.
5 Glory Hole, Monticello Dam, California
Doesn’t this look frightening but surprisingly this is a man made sinkhole which is actually a dam built 3014 feet deep. Called the Glory hole, it is part of the Monticello dam in Napa County, California.
The dam led to creation of the man- made Lake Berryessa in the Vaca Mountains. The dam has an awesome draining capacity of 48,000 cubic feet per second.
6 2010 Guatemala City sink hole
Now this is one sinkhole that nobody would have liked to be part of. Imagine the ground opening up like that when you’re asleep. It’s like a portal to hell. This is one of the deep and terrifying sinkholes to have happened in a populated area. In 2010 the ground in Guatemala City zone 2 suddenly opened up forming a crater 90 feet wide and 100 feet deep. It was a scary and eerie disaster that even swallowed up a three storey factory.
The sinkhole opened up due to volcanic eruptions. Seepage from pipes and Tropical storm Agatha. Whatever the reasons, a sinkhole in the ocean is a natural formation; a sinkhole like this in a living area is a nightmare.