Overnight, a massive coastal sinkhole appears, potentially sucking people into the ocean.


Overnight, a massive coastal sinkhole appears, potentially sucking people into the ocean.

Visitors to a clifftop path where a massive sinkhole formed overnight have been advised to keep away for fear of being “sucked out into the ocean.”

In a Facebook post, the District Council of Robe reported the sinkhole occurred on a beachfront trail in the fishing town of Robe on South Australia’s Limestone Coast.

The hole is near the red and white Robe Obelisk, which was erected in 1852 to guide sailors, and a geological phenomena known as a blowhole, or marine geyser.

The sinkhole at the renowned tourist location appeared just ahead of a long weekend in most areas of Australia, which is being held to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday on June 14, when some people would be visiting beauty sites.

The council, which dubbed it a “Woe Hole,” said it formed overnight after a collapse.

“Waves are vigorously scouring the region underneath the crater, which is still collapsing,” it stated, adding that an investigation revealed that the hole’s size is projected to grow.

The authority advised residents to stay away from the hole because its surface was extremely thin.

The hole was discovered by someone having a morning walk in the region, according to the TripleM radio station.

The hole was the size of half a tennis court, according to James Holyman, chief executive officer of Robe District Council. The average tennis court is 78 feet long.

People who want to look at the hole should stay outside of places where flags have been placed, according to Holyman.

“It’s quite a distance down, and the Southern Ocean is rather churned with big rollers [waves]rolling in.”

“You’d get pulled out into the ocean if you went in there.”

“When these things break way, there’s no warning,” Holyman added. You don’t get a heads-up. It merely happens if that area drops.”

Explaining what caused the sinkhole, he told Triple M: “The blowhole hasn’t blown for a number of years, but the energy of the waves have eroded further in under and that’s where we’ve had this collapse.

“Having the ocean and limestone cliffs, we will have erosion and undercuts over time. This is a condensed version of the information.


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