The Grand Canyon that opened up overnight: Huge sinkhole caused by up to 100 years of rainfall shocks New Zealand 

17:50 • 07.05.18



A massive sinkhole caused by up to 100 years of rain has opened up on a New Zealand dairy farm, with experts saying it could be the nation's biggest ever.


The cavernous hole, the size of two football fields and as deep as a six-storey building, last week opened up in the ground next to where cows graze, near Rotorua.


Vulcanologist Brad Scott said recent heavy rain was likely to have opened up the underground cavity at Earthquake Flat, 15km from the North Island tourist city known for its hot springs, the Daily Mail reports.


The cavity would have been present from all the rainfall events over the last 40, 50, 100 years,' he told the ABC after visiting the farm. 


“The high-intensity rainfall that we experienced on the weekend just accelerates the process.


“The largest I've seen prior to this would be about a third of the size of this, so this is really big.”


Farmer Colin Tremain said he would be putting up a big new fence to stop his dairy cows from falling into the sinkhole, caused by degrading limestock rock on the land.


“'It wasn't until I came down in daylight that I actually saw just how big it was,” he told Newshub television.


“We'll keep it fenced off as it is to keep stock out, although stock aren't stupid, they're not going to walk into a hole, they can spot danger.”


A farm worker had stumbled upon the massive sinkhole on Friday morning shortly before dawn when he was rounding up dairy cows for milking.

 

The cavernous hole, the size of two football fields and as deep as a six-storey building, last week opened up in the ground next to where cows graze, near Rotorua

Vulcanologist Brad Scott said recent heavy rain was likely to have opened up the underground cavity at Earthquake Flat, 15km from the North Island tourist city known for its hot springs

Farmer Colin Tremain said he would be putting up a big new fence to stop his dairy cows from falling into the sinkhole, caused by degrading limestock rock on the land

A farm worker had stumbled upon the massive sinkhole on Friday morning shortly before dawn when he was rounding up dairy cows for milking





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