Growing Numbers of Sinkholes: More Effects of Global Warming

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 18:17 PM
May 27, 2014

_72008040_sinkhole1    Extreme numbers of destructive sink holes now multiply around the world.  In addition to rising sea levels, heavier rains, and other results of Global Warming, some man-made factors may also apply.

These include: 1) More sprawling geographical areas resulting from human populations increasing by the billions; 2) Man’s continual digging into underground areas for oil research, fracking, industrial construction, etc.;

3) Underground holes forming in weakened areas creating hollow spaces unable to support ground above; 4) Failures of governments to limit growth in these areas and to make major repairs on bridges, retaining walls and other underground structures. As a result sink holes increase in number, size and severity.

According to Nature News “Bloomberg reports that fracking is a likely cause for a dramatic rise (sixfold) in earthquake activity from 2000 to 2011, not to mention contamination of the water and food supply. Extreme mining practices by Texas Brine and others are also responsible for triggering the sinkholes.”

In ‘Sinkholes: Should We Be Scared?,’ Kate Henderson argues: “Sinkholes in urban areas are more common after intense rainfall, as underground channels are eroded, especially if they have high limestone or other soft rock content, gypsum or salt. [After] caverns form, the hollow is too big . . . Then it implodes.”

She notes: “. . . in storm-battered Britain, a chasm that was twenty-foot deep and thirty-five feet wide appeared in the middle of a Hemel Hempstead housing estate . . . Carla Rance, had been worried when her front porch inexplicably sank six weeks ago. Her landlords had assured her all was fine. Today her next-door neighbor’s house hangs precariously over the drop.  Assessors predict at least two of the homes will have to be demolished. They were only built six years ago.”

At the end of last month some dozen parked cars fell into a giant sinkhole in Baltimore, Maryland. On a quiet street with houses built as early as 1890, cars slid over a collapsing retaining wall and down into the hole onto a CSX railroad track.

Although no one was injured, one witness said “The building shock almost like the earthquake but not quite as bad. … I came out and the street was gone. Just like that!” Others in the area said the sinking hole movement took about 15 seconds, and sounded like a rather ordinary roar of thunder.140430-baltimore-water-jms-2014_b7142bc003e5b0fdd32675e8c15db5a4 nbcnews-ux-720-480-1

Just this month brucegarrett.com blogged explains that that huge sink hole in Baltimore is just another in a series of Global Warming disasters set up by deferred maintenance that hit the city recently:  “… everyone who was here when the Howard Street tunnel caught fire in July 2001 knows what is going to happen now.  People were complaining about the retaining wall that collapsed last Wednesday, years before this, and CSX kept telling them there was nothing to worry about.”

Americans should know that in Bible prophecies, sink holes are signs of God’s judgment: “But if The LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked The LORD. And it came to pass, . . . that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods (Numbers 16: 1 – 32).”

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