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Sinkhole Swallows Pond in Northern California

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 19, 2013 Last Updated: March 19, 2013
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Sinkhole swallows pond: In Northern California, a sinkhole opened up and swallowed up a man’s pond.

Sinkhole swallows pond: A YouTube screenshot shows the purported sinkhole that swallowed up a Northern California man's pond. (Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

Sinkhole swallows pond: A YouTube screenshot shows the purported sinkhole that swallowed up a Northern California man's pond. (Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

A sinkhole opened up in California and swallowed pond over the weekend, it was reported.

Mark Kolb of Newcastle, Calif., woke up on Sunday morning and noticed that his pond didn’t look right. When he went in to take a closer look, he noticed that a sinkhole was draining it.

“This looks like the moon,” Korb told KCRA television. Video footage showed a large, gray crater near the pond.

Korb said that it likely took “probably four to five hours for this whole area to drain.”

In contrast, Korb said that it took six to seven days to drain the pond with a pump a few years ago.

Alex Amigo, a Sierra College professor of geology, told the station that the sinkhole likely came about due to extensive gold mining that took place in the area near where Korb’s property is located.

Generally sinkholes occur after water dissolves mineral and rock underneath the surface.

Korb’s sinkhole took place just two weeks after a sinkhole swallowed a man’s bedroom in Tampa, Fla. The man, who was sleeping at the time, disappeared in the sinkhole and died, and the house was destroyed.

Last Tuesday in Washington D.C., officials had to close off an entire block after a sinkhole opened up.

And on March 12, it was reported that a man who was golfing in Illinois fell down 18 feet into a sinkhole on the golf course. He was pulled out and suffered minor injuries.

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