Giant sinkhole swallows car and threatens home E & T Magazine — Volkswagen Lupo I

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Giant sinkhole swallows car and home

A sinkhole 30 feet appeared overnight in the driveway of a residence in High Wycombe and the family car parked there.


The wide crater is affecting the of Phil and Liz Conran, in Main Walter’s Ash, High The blue VW Lupo that in to the sinkhole belonged to the couple’s daughter Zoe, who was the first to the crater when she left the early in the morning.

Mrs Conran “My daughter went to go and let her horses out she was going off somewhere for the day. She got to the and saw her car wasn’t there. She thought was a bit weird, so she went round to the window and then she saw the crater and started screaming.

We had no idea whether the car was actually in the or not. We couldn’t get close to have a look right to the bottom, it’s about 30 deep. The car is on its side, its full of

She said the family, including her husband Phil who works as an consultant, were stunned at the of the crater that had appeared in the of their home, where have lived for the last and a half years.

It’s just swallowed the car Mrs Conran said. “The car has to rotate and turn, it’s on its but its also facing the opposite way where it was parked.

It’s one of natural things that has probably been made by the fact that they’ve in the area in the past.

On discovering the hole, the family the local police, whose advice was that this was a for the building and car insurers. However, two cars and a fire engine up shortly after the phone

Paul Beetham, a lecturer in engineering at Nottingham Trent said: High Wycombe is a area, and chalk has properties different to other types of Areas underlain by chalk may natural voids or caves formed over many of years as groundwater passed and dissolved the chalk.

High is also an area that has mined historically for chalk occasionally, mining areas can access shafts which not capped off correctly, leading to material overlaying these

While such cavities may intact below ground for of years, very rarely the collapse of the material may occur, when disturbed by extreme or a recent change in land

Mr Beetham said this of occurrence is rare in the UK and there are areas where chalk or underlie the ground, such as the District.

He said around five per of the surface area of the UK could have such rock but not all will have conditions could promote sinkholes.

In 2013, witnesses reported a in the village of Foolow, in the Peak which was said to have around 160ft wide.

around the world have headlines in the last few years. In 2013, 37-year-old Jeff was … when his detached in Tampa, Florida, disappeared a huge hole as he slept. A reported to be nearly 200ft in China’s Sichuan province around a dozen buildings in 2013, but no one was seriously injured.

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