Massive Sinkhole in Oregon Closes Part of Highway 101

By Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou
Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.
January 29, 2016 Updated: February 2, 2016

Oregon officials have closed off part of U.S. Highway 101 on Thursday, Jan. 28, after a massive sinkhole swallowed a huge chunk of road, following a series of rainstorms.

The sinkhole, in the town of Harbor, Oregon formed in the parking lot of the Fireside Diner, which a local resident joked should change its name to the Sinkhole Cafe.

“It’s massive. There’s just no other way to describe it,” Jared Castle, Department of Transportation spokesman for southwest Oregon, told NBC News.

One official said that the depth of the sinkhole was at least 60 feet. There have been no injuries or evacuations.

Residents who usually travel on that route will need to use a different road at least through the first week of February, officials said, according to Fox 13.

Jonathan Zhou is a tech reporter who has written about drones, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.