Around 140 people evacuated a camp site near Queensland’s Rainbow Beach as a huge sinkhole swallowed cars and tents.
The sinkhole, which is said to be 150-by-150 meters in size and is now three meters deep, “opened up at the Inskip Point camping area near Rainbow Beach about 11pm on Saturday”, as posted in The Guardian report.
A camper named Melanie Wotherspoon, described in a Facebook post, her horrifying experience.
“Yep, can’t believe we made it out. “I thought we were goners for sure, was truly scary how fast it came into our campsite and swallowed it up.”
The sinkhole incident indeed terrified other campers, as posted on ABC.
As it opened up, it “sounded like a thunder noise” says camper Casey Hughes.
“People were basically on the edge of it with their van, trying to madly get their vans out,” says camper Sylvia Murray.
Two men, however, recalled that they were fishing “when they heard a commotion and looked around to see the ground opening up.” One man’s car and caravan was swallowed by the giant sink hole.
In another report by ABC, geoscientists said that the recent earthquake that happened in South-East Queensland was not related to the sink hole incident.
Allison Golsby, a Geotechnical engineer, told the ABC that “sinkholes are basically those cavities coming to the surface. An earthquake can trigger a sinkhole from a cavity but it has to basically happen on the day or in a very close time frame to the earthquake. In this case I don’t see the link.”
No one was reported missing or injured in the incident as they were quickly evacuated, according to the police. Other camping grounds will remain open but the Queensland Parks and Wildlife staff advised everyone to stay away from the sink hole.
A Senior Ranger, Dan Clifton told The Guardian, “There is a real possibility the hole could expand with ocean currents, so people are urged to avoid the area. While we continue to assess the situation, our priority is public safety.”