Sinkholes

I have an irrational fear of sinkholes.

I know I know, they’re horrifying, I agree. I completely agree, imagine feeling the ground around you sink just on a regular ass day?

Like you just go into your friendly neighborhood Starbucks, realize it’s a little too pricy, then travel a couple extra blocks to get into the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts for an iced coffee. Nice, score, triumph. Delicious coffee and caffeine. Fantastic all around. You go outside, observe a few passing pedestrians, ponder life as you watch a dog piss on a fire hydrant, you smile and walk over to the crosswalk. You jaywalk across the street, smile shy to a passerby who keeps eye contact longer than expected, check your texts as you sip your coffee with your other hand, think you’re having the most regular day ever then WHAM!

You feel your leg drop into a depression, as if its been caught by a Walker from the Walking Dead. But instead of a zombie, you get caught by a sudden hole in the ground, which grows exponentially all around you as if God Himself wants to swallow you into the Earth, and you meet your demise in that dark and sudden abyss.

I’ll wait for you to stop shivering in the corner at the thought of it all. Go on, it’s okay it’s just a hypothetical story, you’re safe now shhhh shhhhhhh.

That’s basically my inner monologue every time I get thinking about sinkholes. Tell me that’s not a terrifying thought. Sure there are far more pressing concerns, but something about all of that just strikes me as deeply disturbing.

There’s limestone and sandstone and carbonate rock being built upon just about everywhere. Everywhere. Then some passing ground water comes on by, all unassuming and gentle over years and years, just a wandering stream through a thirsty world. Then after several years maybe decades have passed, that stream’s made itself a gigantic hole. So it can swallow up your gotdamn car.

The more I think about it the less irrational this fear feels to me, though one should never live in fear. Even the people in the Walking Dead go on living after everything has fallen apart around them. I don’t think it’s too far a jump to say that sinkholes are just as pressing a threat to humanity and society as we now recognize it as a zombie apocalypse.

I’m of course being ridiculous, but sinkhole awareness is something we should all have. Not that I have any idea what to do about it, just trying to inception a personal fear into all of you. I’ll leave you with an extensive sinkhole compilation I’m just now looking up on youtube, oh my God, for your viewing horror.

My God I didn’t even realize that a situation where somebody falls into a sinkhole during a regular ass day actually happened until I just saw this video literally just now while trying to find a video to end this blog post on. Oh my God. If you’re all ready afraid of sinkholes after reading this far, don’t watch that video above. I don’t want you to have nightmares like I’m about to.

*shivers and clumsily hits ‘close’ on youtube browser*

186 thoughts on “Sinkholes

      • Ah, but, nearby Centralia is the Knoebels Amusement Park, which is possibly the best amusement park in existence. And they have a lovely dark ride that takes you through a simulated Centralia. It’s both an historically significant ride (a lot of their rides are) and a fun one.

    • Yes! My husband and I grew up in NE Pennsylvania and tells the story that an old min shaft collapsed, taking the house and dog with it. This happened just 4 houses down from where he grew up in Parsons, PA. YIKES!

      • OMG THAT’S HORRIFYING. To think that you can really build up such a life for yourself in a place and have your home swallowed up by a sudden sinkhole is just such a nightmare scenario. So many ways for things to go wrong in existence, but I think it’s the feeling that a sinkhole taking things feels like some divine intervention type stuff that bothers me the most I fear God will some day be mad enough with me to just take me that way my writing is wicked, death by sinkhole lmao blessing your husband was never harmed by one!

        • The problem in that location was that coal mines had been dug but not properly mapped out, therefore homes were built on top of long abandoned mines. It is horrifying! But, the likelihood of sinkhole being the cause of our demise is highly unlikely. There is some comfort in that <3 Thank you, Oscar, for the follow and good wishes for husband 😀 I wish you all the best, too!

          • Ohh wow that makes perfect sense that that would cause houses to sink in, I can’t believe they built on top of abandoned mines! No prob for the well wishes! And we shall all take solace in the knowledge that a sinkhole is a very unlikely cause of death!! 😀

  1. Not to fan the flames, but a sinkhole opened up down the road from my parents’ house years and years ago. It filled with water and now people use it for canoeing and kayaking like nothing happened. What if it suddenly got bigger? Would it create a whirlpool?

    • That is a really crazy story hahah really? Canoeing and kayaking in a sinkhole? That’s truly making a positive out of a negative, but if it got bigger I would be supremely worried oh my goodness, you’d think the extra water would lead to constant erosion too

    • LOL I apologize for the nightmare inducing post!! Totally with you there, sinkholes are a terrifying thought I can’t believe more people aren’t worried about them it feels like more and more keep cropping up lately

    • I will avoid it until my curiosity hits the point where I no longer can hahaha the well to hell is a hell of a catchy name I’m going to end up google searching that later and regretting it as I drift to sleep

    • Good choice haha you’re absolutely right out of sight out of mind! You can’t live in fear of them, but I’m sure you’ve got to be on the look out non-stop in areas you know are prone to them. Stay safe!!

    • Lmao happy you liked the post! That reminds me of a time I ran around the forest when I was a kid. I was near mud and I was with somebody, and we just exchanged concerned glances like we worried it might be quicksand, then we tip-toed really carefully around it. Thankfully I don’t think I’ve ever seen quicksand in real life. Hopefully I never see sinkholes the likes of which have scared the hell out of me on the news lately haha thanks for the comment! 🙂

  2. I live in Florida in a large retirement community and there have a couple of houses that have had sinkholes in their yard. One hole has been filled in twice! My daughter was interested in buying a house one time and we saw the floor in one of the rooms with a definite slope and she was afraid to buy it.

    • My God these are the horror stories of Florida that have scared me for many years lmao it’s a great state really but just the sinkholes oh my God, that’s so scary that they had to fill one in twice! Do they even know how to deal with these things?? I’d be scared to death if there was a substantial slope in a house too I’d very carefully backpedal the moment I noticed it haha

    • Thank God nobody was hurt, but yes it freaks me out too gahh, I’d be so worried if I saw a sinkhole in a sidewalk or something, they’re just terrible accidents waiting to happen!

  3. I never really thought much about them until you hear of one occasionally in the news but now I think they are going to be in the forefront of my mind, haha. I couldn’t finish watching the second video. Step away for the hole, lol! I love your writing style 🙂

    • Life really can lend itself to a false sense of security at times but we must live dangerously and boldly play hopscotch over sinkholes haha terrible idea of course I would never, I will avoid sinkholes at all costs, and I will likely not be spelunking any time too soon not while these images are so fresh haha thanks for the comment!

  4. Great! Now I’m terrified of sink holes too… Lol.

    I’m from a small Caribbean island actually and only last year did we have a real sink hole in the middle of one of our major highways. Naturally, as Caribbean people, within ten minutes Bane was Photoshopped into a photograph of it and the meme went viral, that our first sink hole was Trinidad’s reckoning. *giggles*

    Great post!!

    • I apologize for the horror! And oh my God a sinkhole in a highway is like one of my worst nightmares dear goodness, that’s so funny that people photoshopped Bane into the hole though LOL so happy you liked the post!! 😀

  5. Wow. I am amazed at the sink holes and the music in the beginning was eerie too. I refuse to think anymore about it. I have enough fears without adding sinkholes to the collection.

  6. I can’t seem to quite figure it out I’ve surfed the web a bit. I don’t personally have a twitter or Facebook so I think I actually need to be linked up with those social media services to have those buttons linked up with my blog apparently. But thank you so much for that! I plan on eventually setting up a twitter and facebook account to help further promote my writing but at this particular stage I don’t plan on it just yet. But if you so desire feel free to post up the URL to my blog posts that you like in tweets whenever you so desire!! Thank you once again so much for supporting my writing!! =D

    • It’s not as complicated as all that… 🙂
      Old editor > Go all the way to the bottom of it and there is a a box you can tick – ‘Sharing Buttons’
      New editor > Go to ‘Advanced Settings’ on the left and click on it so it opens up. Scroll down till you see ‘Sharing Buttons’ and tick the box…
      I don’t think you need to have an account to do that…
      If further down someone else already gave you that tip, sorry… I’m still working my way down, shivering all the way 😉

      • Thank you so much for this helpful comment! I’m still getting used to how wordpress works to be honest haha where exactly is the wordpress editor? And I guess I’m also confused because I thought my blog all ready had share buttons for twitter and facebook if I’m not mistaken? I apologize for causing shivers with this horror post haha truth be told sinkholes really do bother me

      • I don’t get a reply option to your answer – so I’ll just reply to myself… 😀 (That’s also a setting that can be changed but we’ll keep that for another time…)
        The editor is the place where you create a new post, the page that comes up when you click on New Post or Add Post, depending on which version you are using (that doesn’t make it easier, does it? 🙂 ) And I know the feeling… I had my own fight with it all in the beginning, now some 6 years ago… 😉
        If you have more questions, you can use the ‘Contact’ link on my blog (at the top, the last item)… that’ll send me a direct mail.

        • I didn’t even know we had direct e-mail options with our blogs LOL I’m learning so much thank you! All right so that’s the editor that makes so much sense, I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of this I’ll try to put it onto my posts! That’s curious that you didn’t get a reply option I don’t know I just wish I understood programming and websites better haha thank you so much once again!! 🙂

      • If you go to Settings/Discussion Settings/Other comment settings, you can define how many replies can be given in
        “Enable threaded (nested) comments x levels deep” Yours is probably set to 2, that’s the default… 🙂
        Isn’t all this ‘real stuff’ spoiling the effect of your scary sinkholes, though? ;-P

      • Probably! 😀
        The best way to find out is just click on things and see what they are doing or saying… Just walk through the menus. You can always look at it in the “Preview”. As long as you don’t hit ‘Publish’, only you will see if it is ok or not 😉

      • On second thoughts on FB and Twitter – it may indeed be that they will want you to sign up… The post has to go somewhere specific, your timeline in FB for example – I didn’t think that one through when I wrote you will not need an account… Sorry… 😉

  7. Strange that I should just read this now as in the past couple of weeks I have been researching a couple of hills in the area I live near Brisbane, Australia. A few residential areas of Ipswich were built on top of a maze of empty coal mines. People lost track of where these were built and there are a few suburbs where housing is being affected. A large sinkhole suddenly appeared on a street in a busy part of town. On Blackstone Hill, people tell the story of cows disappearing and houses sinking due to collapsing mine shafts. There are some places where you can see steam/smoke coming out of the ground due to underground fires. I’ve been told not to venture off the tracks in some bushland in case I “disappear” down a mine shaft… So this is actually not an unreasonably fear if you live in these areas… I bet you want to visit now?! 😉

    • Lmao wow that’s so crazy!! I can’t believe people don’t know where the mine shafts were located now and yet people are still building over those areas, that’s so scary to just think of animals disappearing into holes and houses sinking in that’s something insane. Underground fires too, it just boggles the mind how people can start building in an area before they actually know for a fact that it’s a safe place to build on top of. All things considered I’ve always wanted to visit Australia especially the Sydney Opera House haha but I just might avoid some of these more sinkhole prone areas!! 😀

  8. Thank you for liking “Glory of the Grass.” Encountering a sinkhole is not something I want to do either. Your post made me curious if there were any sinkhole maps, and I actually found some on the Internet! For example, the USGS has a map of areas “with potential for cave and natural sinkhole formation” on its web page called “The Science of Sinkholes.”

  9. When I lived in California, I was afraid of giant ass boulders falling on me. Not really all that irrational since it did happen, but a more plausible fear would have been brush fire. I guess everyone has that one thing eh?

    • I’ve never been in an area where I had to worry about giant boulders falling on me yikes! Brush fire is awful as well, oh my gosh I can’t believe a boulder actually hit you you have good reason to be concerned then. It’s true everybody’s got that one thing!

  10. Sink holes are not irrational fears. I try to avoid watching videos and such on them because I cannot even imagine having to experience something like that. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like I’ve been hearing more about them in the last few years than in prior years.

    • Me too! I feel like they just keep popping up all over the place and I’ve started to even see them on local news stations I’m just like freaked out haha thank you for saying it’s not an irrational fear it helps set me at ease! I can’t imagine experiencing falling into a sinkhole either it would be too much of a nightmare!

  11. i’m afraid too. i was in florida 3 years ago & this lady woke up & told her husband there was a hole in the yard & then it swallowed 2 trees & they had to leave….then another man was asleep & his house dropped into a hole….i’m afraid in myrtle beach, where the creek meets the ocean that i will be swallowed at low tide. it feels like quicksand

  12. I tripped into a sinkhole on my 11th birthday while I was wearing a huge pink colored gown and was taking my friends to a neighborhood cafe.I had the finest ballet flats I ever owned ,on and that was the first and last day I ever wore them.
    I have tripped twice after that but who would want that to happen to them on their birthday.It’s like destiny is bored and wants to have a great laugh at your behest.

    • *it’s behest. On a side note, have you experienced a lizard falling on your body ? I had one falling flat on my sleeping face .I still wake up at uncomfortable hours to check if there’s a lizard stuck on my forehead or not.Paranoia

    • On your birthday that’s awful! That’s a damn shame that you lost your ballet flats as well oh my God that’s just scary to trip into a sinkhole, I can’t even imagine! I would never wish sinkholes on anybody, it’s true sometimes life does hit you with moments like that and you feel like a Higher Power just wants a laugh I’m very glad you’re okay though!! 🙂

      • It wasn’t huge luckily and I was pulled up as soon as I tripped.I had a group of friend with me! its just that split second of horror and I can’t even imagine what would have happened had I been alone.

  13. Thank you for your visit! Seems you have a good number of readers…a testament to some very entertaining posts I’m sure! Enjoy your day, and come back anytime. Maybe you can post about your ideas concerning spiritual faith sometime…

    ~Steve

    • Thank you for your visit as well! I may post some of my ideas concerning spiritual faith at some point, perhaps not just yet but I do plan on doing so in the future I identify myself as a spiritual person though I didn’t want to have my blog go too much in that direction just yet, but that’s a big piece of my manuscript that I’m trying to get published. It’s not so much religious as I just ask a lot of existential questions about life and existence, I apologize I’m rambling now haha but thank you so much for the visit once again!! 🙂

        • I truly hope you’re right haha there are times where I’m just not so sure of my direction but I do always look for signs from a Higher Power, thank you so much and enjoy your day as well!! 🙂

          • Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)

            ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

            He takes care of those who seek Him out, Oscar…

            ~Steve

  14. Oscar you have a delightful ‘voice’, it comes across clearly in your writing and although I know this is a serious topic (most especially to those people affected by it) I found myself chuckling. It’s almost as if I could hear you speaking. What a gift! I’d stopped by to give you a big “THANK YOU OSCAR” for visiting and liking us but got caught up with this post. LOL Had to remember to leave a comment! Keep writing – truly, you are gifted and it is my prayer you’re published and are a great success.

    Blessings and Love in Christ Jesus,
    Rebecca and Ma Chris

    • Thank you so much for this kind compliment of a comment!! I’m overjoyed you feel that way, it means a lot to me to get feedback like this. It’s my goal to entertain with my writing and I am very happy you enjoyed this post as much as you did! And no problem at all thank you so much for dropping by my blog as well! I’m deeply honored that you are rooting for my success, I wish you nothing but great success in all your pursuits as well, many many blessings to you both! 🙂

  15. I was glad you stopped by my blog because I clicked back and was thoroughly entertained. I think there might be a link between peeing on fire hydrants and getting sucked into a sinkhole. Or maybe it’s the Starbucks. Either way, I think I’m safe.

    I do wonder about spontaneous combustion, though. I’m off to explore more of your blog!

    • Lmao perhaps that’s the link! Very happy you’re entertained by my blog, I’m digging the delicious looking food on your blog I’ve found the blogosphere is filled with delicious looking food much to my delight, and I’m sure you’re safe from the sinkholes I hope at the very least! Spontaneous combustion always makes me think of that incubus song ‘pardon me,’ I feel safer in regards to spontaneous combustion but not quite 100% safe haha thanks once again for your awesome comment happy perusing and happy blogging!! 🙂

  16. When I was a little girl I had an irrational fear of spontaneous human combustion. To make matters worse, I somehow got it in my head that thinking about it made it more likely to happen to me. Which is kinda like me telling you, “whatever you do, do NOT think about a pink elephant right now! Empty your mind of pink elephants completely!” – it doesn’t work very well. I have no idea why I latched on to that particular horror… 😛

    • I officially cannot stop thinking about pink elephants hahaha it’s like a republican parade in my head now I know what you mean when it comes to trying to not think about a thing out of fear that it will cause that thing to occur, I half think this is caused by my dreams because when i think about a frightening thing in my dreams it ends up happening

  17. I also have an irrational fear of sinkholes. You’re the first person I’ve met that also has that. My fear started in Okinawa when a huge sinkhole took out our entire front yard, just feet away from the house. Every time I see a chipmunk hole in our yard, now, I wonder “what sort of humongous sinkhole is he creating underneath!”

    • Oh my God that’s insane!! I can’t even begin to imagine what type of fear of God that would put in my heart haha it would freak me out too much, any hole from there on would definitely mess with my head as well!!

      • Fracking? Dunno. It’s just weird. Come to think of it? I don’t think I had ever heard of sinkholes before about 10 years ago. Here in CA we can have big mudslides after heavy rain. Like say at La Conchita on the beach here. Fierce. Scary. That is a waterlogged kind of deal too. The earth moves very fast.

        • Big mudslides sound pretty damn scary too haha true I don’t know if it’s fracking or what it is I know certain areas are susceptible to it I guess those areas are just now starting to realize just how much erosion’s occurred underneath them? True who knows what exactly is going on, but at least you live in Cali that’s the land of milk and honey in my eyes haha the earth does move very fast hard to keep ahead of it sometimes

    • Very true tsunamis are a nightmare as well, all of the sudden just a huge wave coming and destroying your town with there being just about nothing we can do about it that’s a horrifying thought, I live east coast of US so I don’t worry as much about those things but it’s a huge concern for areas that are vulnerable

  18. “If you’re afraid of sinkholes don’t watch that video.” That’s the moment a curious sensation overwhelmed me and I couldn’t let to watch it. 😉 Love you’re way of writing. Sometimes Mother nature can be very rough. Thanks a lot for sharing and have a wonderful evening.

    • LOL I apologize for piquing your curiosity to this breaking point! So happy you enjoy my writing style, it’s true mother nature can be a rugged being at times. No problem at all thank you so much for watching and have a wonderful evening as well!!

  19. I have this same fear …. The earth is so full of sink holes im surprised the whole thing hasn’t just collapsed in on itself i guess that’s the beauty of gravity!

  20. Great post! There is a show called “Would You Survive” and on one episode they actually talk about what to do if your car is swallowed by a sinkhole! Wish I could remember what they said to do, but alas, I don’t and I’m at work so I really can’t be on here too long.
    Thanks for visiting my blog, I appreciate it and I really like yours!

    • No problem at all, thanks for stopping by mine too! Oh God if you ever find out what they said please let me know hahah so happy you like my blog! Thanks so much for the kind comment! 🙂

  21. Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone or other carbonate rock, salt beds, or in other rocks, such as gypsum, that can be dissolved naturally by circulating ground water. Sinkholes also occur in sandstone and quartzite terrains.

    • I must be sure to avoid all such areas haha somebody sent me a link to a map that shows vulnerable areas through this post, I read it religiously for the better part of an evening

  22. I saw one of those ecards that made me laugh – it said, “Growing up, I always thought that quicksand was going to be a much bigger problem than it turned out to be.”. “Quicksand” was my “sinkhole” when I was a kid but, as an adult, my “sinkhole” is “the moors” – it even sounds scary – even though I’ve never even been to the UK or anywhere that has bogs like that. I even read an article on how to cross peat bogs called “Fear No Moor”, which did clear up some points. Primarily, the point that I’m not going anywhere near a bog. Ever.

    • I’ve never even heard of the moors haha I used to be pretty freaked out by quicksand when I was younger too, you’ve got me curious about the moors I need to check this out now, but certainly not firsthand haha I don’t live in the UK but I’d love to visit sometime. I’ll need a map that tells me explicitly where the bogs are so I can stay the hell away though haha thanks for the comment!

  23. I grew up in Florida, where the main destructive forces of nature were hurricanes and sinkholes. There was a Porsche dealership in downtown Orlando that had a sinkhole open up right under it and it swallowed all those beautiful cars. Of all the natural disasters, I think sinkholes are the most insidious because they give no warning signs and you can’t see them coming. So I think you’re perfectly justified in being afraid of them.

    • Thank you so much for understanding!! Most people I know truly think I’m joking when I say I think sinkholes are a legitimately frightening occurrence. Sinkholes are indeed insidious, no warning then boom your cars are gone. Or your house. You just never know with sinkholes thanks for the understanding comment!! 🙂

  24. TYSM for checking my “Bath Of Peace” page. I haven’t listed prices yet (after I transferred from my Etsy shop to my own site)…because I am not sure if I am suppose to reopen it or not. Asked for input online, pertaining to that. Not a single hint. So I am waiting on Daddy – God to show me. 🙂

    • May God show us all the way to ourselves, I seek everyday for signs from Higher Power to guide my steps on a course to fulfillment instead of the painful drudgery of all too often soul sucking work. I’ve felt closest to the Spiritual world while writing, and I’ve felt myself losing myself in my time getting sucked away from me doing so much work. God bless you and happy blogging!!

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