​Kansas Sinkhole: Giant Sinkhole ‘Swallows’ Kansas Pasture

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August 5, 2013

Kansas residents in Wallace County woke up to a giant sinkhole that swallowed a large pasture and is making people nervous. The sinkhole has caused people to flee to a remote area north of Sharon Springs.

Kansas Sinkhole

At first it was something those living in the area only heard about, and others saw it in pictures, but to see it is unbelievable.

A few days ago, the earth opened up and left a giant sinkhole in the middle of Dalton Hoss’ pasture.

“Actually, my brother found it. He called me up and his voice was quaking and he said, ‘You’ll never believe what I just saw,’” Hoss said.

What he saw was huge. The sinkhole is 200 feet across and 90 feet deep. People are amazed by the size of the hole that seemed to show up overnight.

“I’d seen pictures and I knew it was deep, but I didn’t think it was this deep. You get out here and you get a whole different perspective on how deep it is,” said Gavin Mote.

You really can’t get a good sense of the size and scope unless you walk up close to it. And just how safe that is remains a question. There are large cracks right next to the sinkhole. 

Sheriff Larry Townsend said it appears to be getting bigger and he doesn’t know what’s going to stop it.

“Man had nothing to do with this. This is a God thing. There’s no oil well around here, there are no irrigation wells anywhere near.  This is something that just happened,” Sheriff Townsend said.

And it’s something that’s left people in awe, wondering just how solid the ground is where they are walking. That’s why both the landowner and sheriff don’t want people to go out and see it, because of the potential danger.

Despite the landowners and the town law enforcements best efforts, the Kansas sinkhole has become a local tourist attraction.

Sinkholes have been in the headlines more than usual in the last year as they have proved to be dangerous and deadly. A man lost his life when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom in Florida and swallowed him. He was never found.