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Giant Sinkhole Opens Up In Brooklyn, New York

Giant Sinkhole Opens Up In Brooklyn, New York
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Giant Sinkhole Opens Up In Brooklyn, New York

A massive sinkhole opened up in a street in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning.

‘Some Sort Of Water Leak’

The sinkhole, which is 20 feet wide and 20 feet deep, started developing at around 7 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street in the Sunset Park section of the borough.

“It appears to be some sort of water leak that undermined the road, washed away the earth and that’s why the street gave way,” FDNY Deputy Chief Peter Leicht said, as reported by WABC.

The construction under the nearby Brooklyn-Queens Expressway had been considered one of the probably causes for the sinkhole to have opened. Large trucks were diverted down the narrow road as a result of the construction.

The development of the sinkhole undermining the roadway was captured by a surveillance camera.

The intersection of Fifth Avenue and 64th Street, located in Sunset Park, was cordoned as a result of the depression. As reported by WNYW, there were no reported injuries.

‘There Were Cars On It Just Minutes Before’

The sinkhole forced motorists to take other routes. It also affected the northbound N subway service, while businesses and residences in the area had to suffer a temporary shutdown of water supply.

There was no reported impact to the subway service, the MTA reported.

“There were cars on it just minutes before,” Frank Bowman said, according to WLNY-TV. “There was no warning, this thing just happened quick.”

Bowman’s surveillance camera captures the development of the sinkhole.

According to International Business Times, the occurrence of sinkholes is common in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

United States Geological Survey says that the water collected in a sinkhole, which does not have any natural external surface drainage, stays inside it and drains into the subsurface. Regions where the occurrence of sinkholes is common have a naturally dissolving rock underground, like limestone that can be found in several areas in Florida.

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