frauenfelder at May 8th, 2014 15:31 — #1
shuck at May 8th, 2014 15:58 — #2
There's something particularly terrifying about sinkholes to me - the idea that the ground might open up below you and drop you into some limitless chasm (or even just barely far enough to get you hurt). Just seeing pictures of the really big sinkholes, like the 2010 one in Guatemala, for example, fill me with a vertiginous Lovecraftian horror.
anansi133 at May 8th, 2014 16:14 — #3
I talked to a safety engineer working with one of the smaller TBMs digging in Seattle (not Bertha, I think he steered clear of that mess) One problem he told me about, was that it's easy for a TBM to over-excavate material, and accidentally open up a sinkhole to the surface.
This, plus fracking issues, is good incentive to be more aware of sub-surface geography.
swankgd at May 8th, 2014 16:27 — #5
I like the "throw a red k-rail section at it!" solution. That oughta-take care of it.
nashrambler at May 8th, 2014 16:40 — #6
mutters while stuck in traffic Christ, I hate my job, my wife, my whole life. I just wish a big hole would open up and swallow mWAAAAAAaaaaaahhhh. . . .
dave791 at May 8th, 2014 16:44 — #7
In Russia, sinkhole does not like driver.
jerwin at May 8th, 2014 16:51 — #8
crenquis at May 8th, 2014 16:53 — #9
The dust cloud looked like some creature going after that car on the edge...
winkybber at May 8th, 2014 17:46 — #10
Why do these people not get out of their cars and run?
brainspore at May 8th, 2014 18:10 — #11
I was actually pretty damn impressed that someone got a barrier up within a minute or two of the earth opening up.
rocketpj at May 8th, 2014 18:46 — #12
Maybe it's a bad neighbourhood.
chgoliz at May 8th, 2014 20:17 — #13
What bugged me most was the car in the right hand lane who just sat there for a while. The driver came up that lane after the left lane was full so I'm willing to believe he or she didn't know the road was collapsing over there, but once the crash/boom happened and the car to the left was screaming/honking at him to get out of the way, why did that driver just keep sitting there?
Reminds me of how little drivers in Chicago are willing to do to get out of the way of emergency vehicles. Yes, you will be slightly inconvenienced. Now get outta the way.
newliminted at May 8th, 2014 22:17 — #14
I think I'd have shoved any car out of my way if they didn't respond to the horn at that point.
shuck at May 9th, 2014 00:35 — #15
Is that the one that swallowed up the occupant and caused the rest of the house to drunkenly slump down? Shudder.
glitch at May 9th, 2014 00:46 — #16
Well most of them have little option, given the extreme wealth disparity. The rest are stupid rich people, and who can fathom their thought processes?
Seriously, everything in the Florida environment is hostile or makes your life miserable. Venomous snakes, venomous insects, poisonous plants, thorny and bladed plants, regular snakes and insects, wild boars, cougars, bobcats, alligators, armadillos, gopher tortoises, all the nastiest and deadliest spiders outside of Australia or Africa, vultures, scorpions, cacti, hurricanes, tornados, riptide, half the world's lightning strikes, sharks, heat stroke, humidity enough to drown a horse...
No bear or volcanoes, though. That's something.
boundegar at May 9th, 2014 01:31 — #17
That totally happened to me once, in Minecraft.
snig at May 9th, 2014 11:08 — #18
Sandworms and graboids, obviously. A car isn't much protection, but it's better than nothing.
steampunkbanana at May 9th, 2014 11:22 — #19
I like the car in the far lane at 1:47 that's like "Sinkhole, so what, let's just go by it fast and see what happens!"
phasmafelis at May 9th, 2014 11:49 — #20
Now if only they'd put it in the right lane.
phasmafelis at May 9th, 2014 11:52 — #21
I saw a comic once with a sequence of Americans being devastated by earthquakes/tornadoes/sinkholes/floods/mudslides/forest fires, each of them saying "Yeah, the X sucks here in Y, but at least we're not like those idiots in Z who have to put up with Q!"
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