Huge Crater Appeared in Germany


Early on Monday morning, people in the town Schmalkalden in eastern Germany heard a loud noise. A giant crater which is about 20 meters deep appeared in the street. The gaping hole “swallowed” up a car. Luckily, no one was hurt. Several houses nearby had to be evacuated and officials warned that more earth could collapse around the crater. Regional officials said that about 10,000 to 12,000 cubic meters of soil had been slipped. Authorities said the phenomenon happened because of natural factors. The region is easy to be crashed down because of its unstable geological structure.


Emergency workers are standing near the edge of the crater


Six houses have been evacuated. The hole is increasing in size hour by hour


Cars are parked closely to the edge of the huge hole


The whole area has been blocked, water and gas lines have also been cut off


Evacuated residents are given comfort by friends and relatives


The crater opened up at 3 a.m. on Monday morning


It was so lucky that there were no casualties


Workers cut power lines to prevent electric shocks


Residents were provided with tents for temporary living



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