A massive sinkhole has opened in a Kansas field, drawing tourists for an ill-advised look into the void.
A Wallace County rancher found the sinkhole on Aug. 1 on land about 20 miles from the Kansas-Colorado border. The hole is about 90 feet deep and 200 to 300 feet wide.
Wallace County Sheriff Larry Sanders said the sinkhole appeared out of nowhere.
“Man had nothing to do with this,” Sander said. “This is a God thing. There’s no oil well around here, there are no irrigation wells anywhere near. This is something that just happened.”
Um… not exactly. God doesn’t go around popping sinkholes. They have a natural explanation. I’m not versed on the geology of this part of Kansas (and the specifics of this particular area), but sinkhole are caused by a below ground setup and often an above ground trigger (like rain or leaking pipe or vibration, etc.)
The reason I wanted to highlight this post is not only that sinkholes DO just happen, but that I’ve seen one close to this size before and am very aware of the damage that karst geology can do. It is very frustrating that instead of trying to figure out what happened and how such things might be prevented, many people have made sinkholes out to be the new “shark attack” – beware the hazard, we have another sinkhole! What’s the cause? I’ve seen stuff about global warming expanding the crust, fracking, government testing, mole people, Armageddon, yada yada yada… Take a look at some paranormal speculation sites like Above Top Secret to see the head-smashing nonsense being suggested.
It’s geology. It’s nature. Don’t jump in the hole, stay away. This is a problem that needs fixing, not a sign the world is ending.