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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sinkhole activity increasing: River disappears in Costa Rica

Just the other day it was reported  that a massive sinkhole was forming in a Texas town.  

Now a whole river has gone missing in Costa Rica after a modest 5.3 earthquake.

River in Costa Rica disappears following earthquake swarm: Today at approximately 2:11pm in the afternoon, Upala was rattled by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that shook products off store shelves and rattled off home furnishings. No immediate damages were reported however later in the afternoon something strange was discovered as a result.
While reporting on the earthquake in Upala today, a local news station discovered that a district near the epicenter was missing a river. That’s right…A RIVER.
Apparently in the moments following the earthquake, a community stood watch as their river disappeared in to the Earth. As of this writing it is still unknown exactly which community this occurred in however once we have the name we will update this article. The affected citizens were interviewed and expressed concern for the loss of this substantial water supply to the area. Not only will this affect humans but also the livestock raised in the area.

Bodies of water disappearing into the earth are form of sinkholes; the ground underneath gives way and if the cavern that opens up underneath is big enough, then the ground sinks into the earth forming a big sinkhole. If the cavern that opens up is not big enough to swallow the soil, it can suck the water down as happened to a lake in St. Louis, MO.

Woe! Lake begone! 23-acre body of water disappears in St. Louis suburb


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